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Early retirement

Posted: Fri Feb 10 2017, 15:21
by hand in pants
Due to CAA not renewing my medical certificate I have been forced to retire from aviation.
Not happy but will walk away knowing the industry has added something interesting, fun and satisfying to my life.
I will turn my back to the helicopter industry and try to live a normal life. I'll try not to look up every time I hear one of you flying over.
28 odd years has flashed past in the blink of an eye.
I did become a bit jaded/disappointed with the way things have gone in the last 3 or 4 years with CAA changing the rules to the rubbish you now have to put up with, but we let that happen.
Thanks to all my friends, workmates and like minded people, it is you that have made working with helicopters so enjoyable and I leave with memories that will last a lifetime.

Terry McGowan
423105

Re: Early retirement

Posted: Fri Feb 10 2017, 17:46
by Yankee
So sorry to hear that HIP. I really have enjoyed your comments and insight on this Forum. I hope that somehow you can still stay engaged on this Forum. Around this time last year I purchased a Cessna 150j. I have to say that I enjoy flying my little 150 around more than I do my commercial helicopter job. Not sure if you're in position to or interested but I hope that some way you can continue to fly.

Yank.

Re: Early retirement

Posted: Fri Feb 10 2017, 22:40
by The Scarlett Harlot
Well that's a crying shame.

Still, you can set yourself up as a consultant now and make some big bucks! :wink:

Re: Early retirement

Posted: Sat Feb 11 2017, 02:56
by bladepitch
you did some of my early training and flight test at billys in 94.

All the best to you terry..

Re: Early retirement

Posted: Sat Feb 11 2017, 06:41
by skypig
Terry,
Disappointing and surprising news.
I wonder how many from that CPL-H theory class. (Steve Dynes. Drumoyne TAFE annex) are still flying?
Remember the "charter boat final party"? :cool_slp:

All the best.

Simon

Re: Early retirement

Posted: Sat Feb 11 2017, 07:09
by FerrariFlyer
Hello Skypig. Been a while....thought you might have retired too in one way or another.

HIP it's been entertaining and enjoyable. I trust you'll remain active on the site. Best wishes in retirement and safe travels. I was hoping you'd drop by again for a cuppa - could have made room in the back yard for the 130 for you.

Hopefully we can arrange for some slapper drinks in Newie soon and have a few drinks to help you settle into 'permanent relaxation'. I know Twisty will be in for a couple.

Re: Early retirement

Posted: Sat Feb 11 2017, 07:59
by hand in pants
Thank you gentlemen.

Simon, I've still got photos of that cruise. For a couple of thousand I won't publish them.............................

Re: Early retirement

Posted: Sat Feb 11 2017, 08:39
by skypig
Terry, PM me your account details.
(No price too high) :oops:

Re: Early retirement

Posted: Sat Feb 11 2017, 21:33
by papillons
Terry, that's rotten news, but as with everything you've done in the industry over the years (and here as HIP), your upbeat attitude is a great example. Thanks for the contribution on all fronts and very best of luck.

PS: Skypig, I second FF...good to see your handle still about.

Re: Early retirement

Posted: Sun Feb 12 2017, 07:22
by muppet
Jeepers, I don't have a clue who you are in real life, but I have normally very much enjoyed your opinions on this forum and found them in the most cases, to reflect my own perfectly balanced (yeah ok, albeit occasionally cynical) viewpoints... So you must be a good bloke. Stick around.

Re: Early retirement

Posted: Sun Feb 12 2017, 08:19
by rotors99
Sheeet Mon, sorry to hear this news :cry:

I still remember when You did my 407 endorsement back in 2008 **^**

Time for the next adventure; plan B - All the Best to You Tezz....always; in all ways :D

SBB
431198

Re: Early retirement

Posted: Tue Feb 14 2017, 01:42
by CYHeli
Sad to hear that Terry.
Was it a surprise and are you able to keep a Class 2, or is it all over?
I suppose that it will happen to all of us one day, but it would be nicer to be able to walk and not get pushed!

(Simon, Good to see that you still visit.)

Re: Early retirement

Posted: Mon May 22 2017, 08:50
by wocawoca
Sad to hear.
Enjoy your retirement.

Re: Early retirement

Posted: Tue Aug 1 2017, 07:48
by Hobbs
On the brightside you get to do whatever you want, whenever you want!

Re: Early retirement

Posted: Tue Aug 1 2017, 11:21
by Twin Head
Enjoy the peace

Re: Early retirement

Posted: Tue Aug 1 2017, 12:35
by Crusty
Nah Mate!!! He is back in the melting pot!! :lol: