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Post by VNAV PTH » Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:28 am

The memories!!...First solo in N19222.

Did my PPL in OBA back in 1999. There and back in 21 days, with a few days to spare at the end. Back then the cost was STG?2000 all in.

I would highly recommend doing 5-10 hours flying with an instructor on return to Ireland, just to get used to the bureaucracy and mess that is Irish procedures.
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Post by Lambada Crazy » Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:07 pm

VNAV, i couldnt put it in better words myself!
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Post by N714GZ » Sun Jan 27, 2008 12:22 am

Sad news for ex-OBA'ers from 2005/06 time frame. Former OBA instructor Darrin Ogletree was involved in an accident in Tulsa. His aircraft, an Aero Commander, suffered gyro failure in IMC and sadly crashed killing Darrin. RIP.

http://www.kotv.com/news/local/story/?id=143149

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Post by bean_ian » Mon Jan 28, 2008 9:58 am

Jesus just found this out now. Tragic news. I did one hour grass stripping with him at the end of my course at OBA in JAN 2007. Great fun altogether.
He was very laid back and friendly and ill always remember him with a group of students around him giving them tips on their long Q-XC just before they all headed off!(Me included!!)
Quality bloke.
RIP Mate.

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Post by streacy » Sun Feb 03, 2008 4:10 am

In further OBA news, the entire liberty fleet is currently grounded (from last Thursday). I'm in OBA at the moment doing my PPL and have been moved to the C150s. It's a bit tricky right now getting the hours given that there are basically 10 planes less now than before... Hour builders seem to be hardest hit at the moment.
Presumably there's a contingency plan and more planes will arrive at some point or the liberty's will go back into service. :?:

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Post by Lambada Crazy » Sun Feb 03, 2008 6:13 am

Why are they grounded?
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Post by streacy » Sun Feb 03, 2008 1:13 pm

I don't know... we haven't been given a reason. Plenty of speculation of course... usually that they're too hard for students to land... require too much maintenance etc. I reckon only Adrian knows for sure why he pulled the plug. The consensus does seem to be that they're not going back in service in the short term though again, without hearing that from Adrian I wouldn't bet against it!

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Post by Lambada Crazy » Sun Feb 03, 2008 4:09 pm

i had a hunch that they were trying to get rid of them. But didnt realise so soon. Are they getting replacement aircraft for the students?

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Post by streacy » Sun Feb 03, 2008 6:04 pm

no news on that either... don't see how he can continue without more planes though... there are hourbuilders here that have hardly flown in a week!

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Post by buggyB » Tue Feb 05, 2008 3:58 am

I'm not sure that OBA is getting rid of the liberties, considering the large investment and all the publicity over them. At least they would be phased out over time and not simply grounded enmasse while people were undertaking PPLs in them. I wonder has a AD been issued for them requiring instant grounding of the whole fleet, or maybe something discovered during maintenance which merited immediate inspection of all the others. It doesn't make business sense so I image that Mr. AT would not have done this without a very good reason.

Bummer for you though Steve, first the weather and now this. Well at least you will learn all about the joys of carb heat and how to navigate without that all singing GPS system. Sucks having to relearn an aircraft during early solo but it'll stand to you. Also not worrying about prop strikes will help with building confidence. The 150's are tough old birds, you can really hammer them in and they'll just keep going. Once you get the hang of flying them you'll find that they are actually quite easy to fly and you can put them on the numbers most of the time.

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Post by N714GZ » Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:17 am

Buggy, the Liberty's are leased.

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Post by streacy » Tue Feb 05, 2008 4:40 pm

I'm sure there's a good reason alright but he needs to get more planes here fast... anyways I've gotten used to the 150s soloed today in 9890J (a serious bucket of bolts that one... transponder failed on the downwind!). They gave me an extra 4 hours due to the plane change. Also N714GZ you'll be glad to know that Godzilla is now currently the best of the 150s... everyone wants to fly it!

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Post by N714GZ » Wed Feb 06, 2008 9:29 pm

Good old Godzilla! Did my first solo in GZ! Ah the memories!
Glad to hear OJ's back too. What else is in use? 4DF? 4MH was eingineless last time I was there.

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Post by streacy » Thu Feb 07, 2008 2:14 pm

well there's 7 out there now though i'm not sure if all are flying... didn't see that many on the schedule... I've been up in 714GZ, 704ZW and 9890J and I know that 714DF and 9804J are also flying but I'm not sure about 46657 or 6237K. 4MH definitely isn't flying and looking at it I can't see how they could make that airworthy again... would surely cost more than it's worth. That said I did see them wheeling one of the other semi-abandoned ones into the garage the other day so anything is possible!

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