It took 5 years to build and I flew it for 5 years including two trips to Oshkosh WI from Modesto, CA. I really enjoyed this plane but it was really fast and wouldn’t land in some of the out of the way places I really wanted to visit. So I built the second plane, a Rans S-6ES:
I was finally able to land in all the out of the way places I enjoyed. I also flew this airplane to Oshkosh. I would be more than happy for this to be my last airplane but… I have other plans. Since we want to live full-time in an RV I needed something more portable. So I bought my powered paraglider (PPG):
It easily fits into any RV or even the back of our car. The plan was for me to take it with us where ever we go and fly from there. However, it was too flighty for my tastes. Probably too many years of fixed wing flying. So now…
I fly a Six Chuter P3 Lite powered parachute. It’s a Part 103 legal ultralight which requires no pilot’s license. I can tow it home and keep it in my garage. It’s not as portable as the PPG but it’s more stable.
So how do I finance all this? I work as a Network Administrator for San Joaquin General Hospital. When I retire I’ll probably put the flying machines away for good so I can spend time traveling with my wife and see the country!