You DPS brothers better install the proper weapon detection sytems and put flare dispensors on those choppers, as the drug lords will be buying and using shoulder fired anti-aircraft missles next. You know they will!
Thanks for posting the pictures, Andrew. It's been since the late 1970's since I've been down to the "Hill Country." I took a M20-F down to Kerrville for service on a nose gear. While I was waiting and walking around on the ramp (with no TSA or Homeland Security to worry about) I spotted the new Mooney 201 being wheeled out of a hanger. Walking over and to get a sneak peek, a gentle surprised me from behind and asked what I thought about the 201 compared to the F model he saw me fly in with. I told him the 201 looked fast just sitting still.
The next thing I knew, he offered me a ride as he was about to do a flight to calibrate an RPM gauge. I couldn't believe my luck. Who was this man? He turned out to be none other than "Mr. Fast" himself, the late Roy LoPresti.
That day continued to be unusual. After I returned to my home airport, someone I'd never met, but who was instantly recognizable, was making a pit-stop for fuel on their way to Kerrville too. That nice gentle
Being a much older pilot, looking back...I didn't realize how fortunate I was to be a pilot in the mid 1970's. (Do some of you seniors remember those times when an instructor could legally get out of the plane on a taxiway to send you on your first solo?)
While in college, it was nothing to rent (or borrow) a C172, C182, C210, a Piper Archer II, or even a Mooney M20-F and fly down to Austin Texas for a meal, a football game, whatever, and have my date back to her dorm before curfew, with time to spare. All in an afternoon and evening. The low costs made for renting a vehicle at my destination affordable as well. But not anymore.
My multi training in a brand new B-58 was only $114/hr (including the instructor).
So, what happened? Costs went up like the Space Shuttle going into orbit. Insurance reared it's ugly head about that time as we were told forcing everyone to have liability on their cars would make insurance cheaper for everyone. Yeah...right. It didn't work f