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    Hello,

    I am A South Korean who has lived in Indonesia for 12 years, and now I am studying in the United States. What does this mean? A very confused national identity.

    I was introduced to aviation when I was in 2nd grade. A friend's father was a mechanic, but he really enjoyed flying his addon Maule in FS2002. I decided I'd like to give the flight sim a shot, so I loaded up a flight in a 737 and took off, eventually reaching a 60* climb pitch. Needless to say, the flight didn't end very well.

    Flight sim has gotten me to love aviation. Despite numerous groundings (by parents), I always found a way to still fly the sim. Over the years, I spent the majority of my free time doing something with aviation, such as visiting the local airport and watching all sorts of airplanes take off and land.

    Today, I am a college student in LeTourneau University in Longview, TX. LETU has a flight school and I am currently majoring in Aircraft Systems/Elec. Tech. Concentration (which will earn me my A&P) and minoring in Professional Flight (which will get me, in the end, my commercial with single-engine addon). My multiple airport visitations has helped me quite a bit; I am now in the university's Sting Precision Flight Team, set to compete in Aircraft ID this upcoming NIFA National competition in KOSU.

    Although I do not have any official time logged in any airplane, I will begin my flight training this month in a Citabria 7ECA. I have, however, had previous non-official time in various missionary bushplanes such as the Cessna 208A Amphibian and 208B, the Pilatus PC-6B2/H4 Turbo Porter, and the Quest Kodiak 100. I hope to obtain my Private Pilot's by the end of the summer break. I have successfully passed all my prerequisite classes, and I have one more obstacle to get over: the FAA private pilot written exam. As I write, the exam is coming up in approx. 4 hours.

    Sitting back in my home in Papua, Indonesia, is a 6-foot high stack of magazines, most of them aviation-related, that I'd accumulated over the years. Around 50% of the aviation periodicals are Flying mags (the oldest dating back to 1998), 30% AOPA (I'm not a member YET; just collected from other pilots), 10% Air&Space and the rest an assortment of FlightJournal, AviationWeek and Airliners mag. I am currently subscribed to Flying and Aviationweek.

    I am also an RC airplane flyer. You will be able to find me under the username "Minivation" at RCGroups.com. I have 3 model airplanes with me at college, but I have to admit that their size is not a good mix with the very crammed dimensions of my dorm room.
    Last edited by TseTse; 05-02-2014 at 12:49 PM.

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    Welcome aboard! Good luck with your studies...it seems the aviation bug has bitten hard!

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    Welcome! Sure hope things go as planned, for you. Thanks for sharing your information.

    I've just started flying RC helicopters -- neat stuff, but learning takes intense concentration and a very light touch.

    Larry N.

    As Skylab would say:
    Remember: Aviation is NOT an exact Science!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lnuss View Post
    Welcome! Sure hope things go as planned, for you. Thanks for sharing your information.

    I've just started flying RC helicopters -- neat stuff, but learning takes intense concentration and a very light touch.
    They say flying a helicopter is like balancing a marble on top of a beach ball...

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    They say flying a helicopter is like balancing a marble on top of a beach ball...
    That seems about right. Because I had to learn indoors (weather), and there weren't any large open spaces in my living room, I broke a handful of rotor blades and a couple of tail booms (Blade 120SR, fixed pitch rotor), but now that I can get outside with it and I've gotten better, The learning cost is vastly reduced, and the tight spaces indoors aren't much of a problem any more until it's such close quarters that the rotorwash does funny things to it.

    Larry N.

    As Skylab would say:
    Remember: Aviation is NOT an exact Science!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockinrobin View Post
    They say flying a helicopter is like balancing a marble on top of a beach ball...
    :-) That's a true. Someone says a helicopter pilot is a real pilot, fixed wing pilots are tourists but someone says helicopter pilots are mosquitos' hunters while airplanes pilots are eagles but...

    In my opinion, we are a family eheh!

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    Hi TseTse,

    I wrote to you yestarday but I don't know if you received my message. I noted that you have the same laptop tan me and you're usinf FSX, since I brought the laptop three months ago I was trying to get the best performance without really succes, so I want to knoe if you get better FPS tan me and what is you PC configuration. Thank you in advance for your response.

    Javier Linares

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