Figuring that I haven't been to the states in nearly 4 years, am homesick like a dog, its not too difficult to compute that I am probably not flying the localCessna 172 rattlebox that is offered for north of 250 Euro's per hour.
Running Seaplanemagazine.com gives me some pretty unique insights and contacts and there is definitely no shortage of invites to go flying. IFT's, flight reviews, try our new plane, floats, GPS, or come visit our factory. I could use a Flight Review, Basic Med (not available) and IPC in the 340, but chances of me being able to pay for a flight to the states, hotels & rental cars in NY are pretty slim.
Being pretty unbiased, I don't intend to do what others do and ask the companies to cover the expenses, because that clouds ones writing.
Being too old and stubborn to pursue any sort of commercial flying at close to 43 years old, I am just now beginning to monetize on my skills, experience and abilities. Contrary to many of my "friends" opinions, I may not be entirely dumb and useless afterall...
So, sure! Rub in that I am not flying at all and feel free to look down on me for sticking to aviation and spending my time with things I feel passionate about, rather than going back into jobs I don't want to have and deal with people I don't want to deal with.
4-5 hours a week is more than many over here get in half a year. My point was to stop worrying about people who make this hobby sour grapes (annuals, childish footstomping morons, politics, useless associations and event clowns) and if you have the coin to buy such people and issues out of your field of vision, do it.
Currently I am trying to sell ads and generate the business to make an appearance in Greenville, for the 45th annual International Seaplane Fly In. Thats not easy to do, even as Seaplanemagazine.com reaches the brightest and darkest spots on planet earth. Lots of old and crusty structures, lots of favoritism.
I am glad that people don't get to see what goes into convincing a company that walks on water (or its Marketing Agency) to support and sponsor something new. The marketing agencies are the worst of the worst.
Add to that, that I am doing what I do without the beloved associations support or blessing and suddenly Seaplanemagazine.com becomes a pretty impressive show.
I'll keep you updated on the progress!
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