It did sting a bit, to post something I thought showed the joy of why we (or, at least I) fly, and then get shart on by so many people that (I can only assume) wouldn't have the nerve to stand near me in person and talk 1/2 the junk they feel free to spew on-line.
I love flying... I did almost 1000 hrs of instructing in the Jet Ranger (TH-57) in a tad over two years.. and I can tell you, aside from the joy of seeing a student have the light bulb turn on for the first time, I savored the crack of the igniters and the smooth rotation of the twist grip as the rotors began to spin... each and every time... well, once, the student went full open in less that one second, and my wrist was powerless to stop it.
I very much look forward to entering the next, civilian, phase of my flying career. I have and never will do it just for the money. I am excited that someone is willing to trust (and, of course, pay) me to fly their machine.
Thanks for the cheer-up. I was a bit down after I saw the dog pile I received yesterday.
Off to build more toys (good lord, does it ever end?), drink booze, watch football, and get my 12 hrs before duty tomorrow.
Merry Christmas (or whatever holiday you choose to celebrate)...
Remember, the bbq is almost always on here in Puerto Rico...message me if you are in my neck of the Caribbean.