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Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Mon Nov 11, 2002 3:57 pm

Bragado, Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina
9 NOV 2002 -
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My son, little "junior pilot" Lautaro Podesta-Kelley, age 13, is probably the youngest pilot in the world, as he flew his father's airplane in Bragado last saturday.
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Lauti (his nickname) had been flying with me, in my Piper L-21, since some 18 months ago, logging about 120 hours of instruction with me - I had applied for a waiver of minimum age requirement to solo on a "one time basis" from the Argentina CAA - which had been approved.
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Lauti flew only 35 minutes solo - consisting of 1 "low pass", and 3 landings. He now has to wait for legal age to be licensed to fly as pilot. Hopefully this will appear in Guinness book of world records.
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A proud "Papi" -
Gosh I cannot sleep - as if was my first solo...  Wink/being sarcastic
(s) Skipper
 
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Mon Nov 11, 2002 4:03 pm

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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Mon Nov 11, 2002 4:43 pm

WOW !!!
Pass on my congratulations to Lauit.
Thats amazing 13 years old and he flew solo, i flew solo when i was 18 and i had 13 hours of flying and i was pretty nervous so i can't imagine how Lauit felt.
Could he even see over the instrument panel???
 
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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Mon Nov 11, 2002 4:55 pm

Congratulations B747Skipper
Can't even pretend to imagine how this must have felt.
 
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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Mon Nov 11, 2002 5:20 pm

Oh, he got a pillow under his butt, another one in his back...
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Wind was calm, gusty 1 knot... the field is an uncontrolled cow pasture, but no cows for traffic on the runway (or in the air) -
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I got him a "cleared for solo" by 3 different instructors who flew with him and said that is was ok... was not my own biased opinion... he had logged 123 hrs of dual instruction, mostly with me, but with others as well...
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He probably will have 500 hours when he gets his PPL, of which 450 will be dual instruction with me, we are not shooting for "minimum hours" -
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He actually has passed the written exam PPL 6 month ago (there was no minimum age to take the written) and he aced it - and since he spends his life with my 747 manuals, guess how much he knows of that aircraft.
(s) Skipper
 
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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Mon Nov 11, 2002 5:22 pm

Skipper...
Please pass on to Lauti my sincere congratulations. It is a very great accomplishment. Is it a world's record? I don't think so - I remember reading how some people would travel to Cuba in the 40's and 50's (pre-Castro era) to solo. I believe that there were a couple of 10 year olds who actually soloed, but I don't remember for sure what they flew. It seems to me that perhaps it might have been in 2-controlled Aircoupes, but it's been a long time. However, this in no way diminishes what your son did this weekend and in a taildragger no less! You must be a proud Papi! I know I would be; but alas, none of my kids have shown any interest in aviation.
Jetguy
 
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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Mon Nov 11, 2002 5:49 pm

Thanks Jetguy -
If there is one thing that means more than planes to me, it is my boy and my girl... I try to give them the best of me for their future...
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No need to say how proud I am of his accomplishment, much of it thanks to my contacts with the CAA here - that waiver was not easy to get, and it is a one time only deal - the restrictions were half of the page - 3 other CFIs vouched for his ability to fly safely, without endangering the population... And I did this without my wife, his mother, being aware of it...
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I dont know if my son will make an aviation career, my dad was a WW2 B-17 pilot with the 8th Air Force, so the kid could be 3rd generation... I only give him the education and knowledge I have.
xxx
I dont know the documented minimum age for "junior pilots" - I heard of the Cubans escaping at age 11 flying an airplane to Florida...
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Thank you again - he is on "Cloud 9" if you wish to know...
(s) Skipper
 
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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Mon Nov 11, 2002 5:56 pm

Congratulations! He must be delighted and you're a proud daddy  Big grin
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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Mon Nov 11, 2002 6:00 pm

Excellent news, a real achievement! I'm sure he is bound to follow in his father's footsteps into the left seat of the 747 in years to come.

Pass on my congratulations  Big thumbs up
I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
 
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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Mon Nov 11, 2002 6:01 pm

Congrats to you and your son, Skipper. As for him being the youngest pilot, I'm not sure you'll get too many people to believe you. After all, everyone "knows" the youngest "pilot" was nine(?) year old Jessica Dubroff.  Sad Of course, there's a big difference, but perhaps the age record and associated publicity may not be ultimately worth pursuing.
 
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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Mon Nov 11, 2002 6:07 pm

I can just imagine how he feels. The closest thing that we in the States can currently do is solo a motorglider at 14 and get a PPL-Glider at 16. (Ultralights don't count) Some of those motorgliders can be pretty complex - constantspeed, full feathering props, retractable landing gear, full IFR panels, avionics, and cruise speeds right up there at 120 knots +.

I wonder how "happy" mama was when she found out?  Innocent

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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Mon Nov 11, 2002 6:44 pm

Congratulations Skipper! I really wish I had had a family tradition of flying too but now I am stuck with flying at the back of all you pilots. Plan to get my glider license soon though!
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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Mon Nov 11, 2002 7:16 pm

Wow!Great achievement!The bug has hit him VERY early!
 
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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Mon Nov 11, 2002 7:29 pm

Congratulations Skipper !! And please do congratulate your son as well . Well I could never become one , though I always dream about it every single day , so I always feel happy for everyone else who becomes a pilot . But then Lauti is 13 , needs special congratulations.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Mon Nov 11, 2002 8:04 pm

I remember doing touch&goes when I was 10, but to go solo???? I envy Lauti...

Congratulations to Lauti & Skipper !

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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Mon Nov 11, 2002 8:17 pm

I can't get my son to drive a car and he's 18!

These days it's rare for a son to want to spend time with his father. Its either uncool or they are too busy playing on their computer, so I think that the achievement is pretty good before you even think of the flying.

Skipper, I think that you should print out all these replies and present them to your son to show it's not just you who are proud of him.

Well Done both of you.
 
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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Mon Nov 11, 2002 10:49 pm

Yeah it's really an achievement! We are bound to see him follow dad's footsteps like Rick has said to fly the left hand seat very soon! Congrats to him  Smile
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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Tue Nov 12, 2002 1:36 am

B747Skipper,

Your post reminds me of how my dad and grandpa spent time with me flying our family PA11. I never realized it at the time, but those early experiences have been etched into my memory. I'll never forget the time dad let me "line up the plane for landing." I ran inside and told mom immediately. It is hard to believe what influences those flights as a 5 year old have had on me.
 
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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Tue Nov 12, 2002 2:39 am

FELICITACIONES !!!!  Big thumbs up

Pasale mis saludos a tu hijo Lautaro, y otro para vos en este momento tan especial para ambos.

Saludos

Jgore  Smile
 
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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Tue Nov 12, 2002 3:03 am

Muchas gracias Che - claro que fue un momento especial para nosostros...
Atte. (s) Skipper
 
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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Tue Nov 12, 2002 5:30 am

Chicos,
Hablamos English solo en Airliners.net  Smile
Lo siento,
Nacho
Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten, Uptown, what now? Lets make it happen.
 
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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Tue Nov 12, 2002 6:58 am

My gosh 174thfwff - did not mean to infringe on our rules - was just an mere little hello in Castellano... I always try to stick to English for the benefit of all our friends here - honest, but social greetings, occasionally, I admit I do in other languages...
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I agree that English is to be used since we devote ourselves to aviation, but in all my flying overseas, I never fail to say hellos or thank you in local languages - in this day and age of "animosity" between the many nations who are represented here with A.net friends... maybe with can beat the United Nations in showing our goodwill to each other...
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When I see some subjects of discord among our friends about politics and religions, I always try to greet others in their languages, and with their traditions - one thing we all learn here as A.net members, is that love of aviation and airplanes goes beyond nationalities and languages...
xxx
Ahora, hablamos en ingles solamente  Smile
(s) Skipper
 
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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Tue Nov 12, 2002 8:52 am

Congratulations, Skipper! Wish I could do solos as well! Big grin

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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Tue Nov 12, 2002 9:39 am

Congratulations to your son Skipper.

And, huh... Be careful, now, he might want to solo with your 747 !!!

My mother told me that one of my grand-uncles was once the youngest pilot in France (something like 14 if I recall correctly)... Heck. Why did I have to wait till 25 to fly for real ???

You're a model for all dads, Skipper. But beware. My son will solo at 12 ! (just kidding)

Antoine - no solo, no son yet, soy solo (what no Spanish here ?  Wink/being sarcastic - means I'm alone)
 
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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Tue Nov 12, 2002 10:12 am

"CONGRATULATIONS!!!!" to your son Skipper for his "First Solo" flight.

Please shake his hand for me.

He is now an official member of a large group of pilots who did their first solo flight before they earned their driver's licence! I'm also a member (although I was 18).

It's great to hear about his excellent achievement.

Also, pat yourself on the back for being such a great Father, role model, and Flight Instructor.

It's beautiful to know that he may go from flying one of these........

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Like Father, like Son.

PS, can you please give us some performance stats on the Piper L-21 that he soloed in.

Chris  Smile



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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Tue Nov 12, 2002 11:07 am

Dear Skipper

I want to write you an email. Don't know if you are willing to give me your address though. If you aren't, you can send me one at my address shown at my profile.

I'll appreciate it.

Jgore  Smile
 
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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Tue Nov 12, 2002 1:31 pm

The L-21C is just a US Army Piper Super Cub, you would call it PA18-135...
Its reputation fame is the fact that its takeoff distance shorter than landing...
"You landed there - you take off from it..."
Takeoff speed is 50 kts, landing we use 60 kts...
Engine is O-320 Lycoming... still shows 100 fpm climb at 15,000 feet..
This one is ex US Army Korea 1953, then went to Paraguay...
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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Tue Nov 12, 2002 2:05 pm

Hablo un poquito de espanol, tamibien!


Many congratulations to Lauti, Skipper! Soloing in a taildragger.. the sign of a real pilot! (me... I'm not a real pilot, got alot of respect for people who learn in them though- got my taildragger signoff a few months ago in a Citabria and loved it- flew formation with a cub last week for a photo shoot for my company. What a great airplane.)

May he have many years of safe flying to come...whether he be burning thousands of pounds of kerosene an hour, or buzzing around in a Cub.  Smile
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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Tue Nov 12, 2002 2:26 pm

Senor Skipper,
I was only jokin around, no need to be sorry.
Tengo mucho terea, y necesito mirar "24" en DVD. Es muy bueno.
Adios,
Nacho

Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten, Uptown, what now? Lets make it happen.
 
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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Wed Nov 13, 2002 5:54 am

CONGRATULATIONS to your son Skipper for his first solo flight.
So now we have new pilots in this country, that's just great men!
Please shake his hand for me, and make sure that little kid (damn, only 4 years younger than me) continues his carrer in someting related to aviation, we need to expand the aviation community in Argentina.

Regards from Buenos Aires, Arg.
Matt Vivaldi  Big thumbs up
(friend of Jgore)
 
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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Wed Nov 13, 2002 6:26 am

Well the big problem, he wants to be a soccer star player for River...
Then when he will be a millionaire, he will have his own airplane...
Hope you guys are not for Boca...
(s) Skipper
 
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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Wed Nov 13, 2002 9:35 am

Skipper:

Congrats!

So when do we get him typed in the 747?

 Smile

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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Wed Nov 13, 2002 4:34 pm

Congratulations! I still remember my first solo. I was so happy I was singing most of the way!!

Next step, 747s huh Skipper?
 
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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Wed Nov 20, 2002 12:06 pm

Gee Skipper, I wish you were my Papi. I would be in heaven.

Its not everyday a father has a son who is interested in Aviation.
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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Wed Nov 20, 2002 1:37 pm

Congratulations Skipper, and pass on my congratulations to Lautaro as well... the only problem is that I am "bostero de nacimiento, y orgulloso de serlo"  Big grin  Big thumbs up

Best regards
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RE: Maybe A World Record For Pilot Age

Sat Nov 23, 2002 11:43 am

Didn't I told ya once that he is one hell of a lucky young man. And wow at his being the third generation. Special congrats to the Lautaro.

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