joiner, on 14 April 2014 - 09:28 PM, said:
I was once asked to describe you, JSHarris, and all I could think to say was: "He's a lovely guy with a brain the size of a planet."
And I thought I'd led an interesting life!
Very kind, Dave, but I've just had a philosophy in life of never, ever, missing an opportunity to have fun. My dad died when I was 19, at the age of 42, and I vowed then to just do whatever I felt like doing, as the whim arose. Doing the float plane course (in Portugal) was one of the most fun things I've ever done, perhaps only second to learning to fly a paramotor in Spain a few years later. Here's how much fun it is, this is me flying along the Algarve coast at around 6ft above the waves, one of the first things you have to get right when flying a floatplane (or in this case an amphibian):
This one's after my first solo water landing at a marina at Alvor, just along the coast from Lagos, and the place where I did much of my final flight test exam for the practical part of the rating: