Thought for the Day: Time…..Your enemy.

“When I was little, I wanted to be Jacques Cousteau. It hasn’t worked out that way.  Sad but true, the lasting portion of my working life boils down to what I have done with the Corvair. In reality, I am neither overly proud of it nor ashamed of it, just OK with it.

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This said, none of my work is to show cheap people what they can get  away with. My work is to show people willing to make a serious investment of  themselves (mostly time), that there are great rewards awaiting the individual  who perseveres on his own terms.

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In 30 years I will likely be dead and  forgotten. Between now and then I plan on spending as much of my time as  possible in the company on people who want to learn build, fly and have a good  time. If I ever seem short with some ideas, it is because my experience allows me to see something that many people miss: This vital finite resource isn’t money, it’s time.

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Not in the free time sense, but in the years left sense. If you’re not young, nor a millionaire, then you have to make your shot count, you’re not going to get a do-over on this. Let my experience work to your advantage. Build as simple as a plane as you can, work on it every day you can, and understand that some components on it, like the carb, are going to cost money.

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There is a combination of simplicity/effort/money that can get a great number of people flying. You can be one of them, and the odds that you will be go up dramatically if you use my experience to avoid every mistake I made and paid for.” -ww-2o12.

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Cousteau, Jacques

Jacques Cousteau, 1910-1997. His first love was flying, and he graduated from the French Naval Academy in 1933 to be a pilot, but was prevented by a near fatal car accident. He fought for the resistance in WWII. He went on to be a great scientist, explorer, inventor, writer and the best kind of environmentalist. No popular figure today can hold a candle to the richness of this man’s life.

One Reply to “Thought for the Day: Time…..Your enemy.”

  1. An interesting parallel, I to wanted to be Jacques Cousteau when I grew up but then Jaws came out and I decided my love of aircraft might be safer passion to pursue. Not that I jump to hysterics, I spent a fair amount of time on the local fishing pier and knew all too well that sharks were a lot more common then the people at the adjacent public beach wanted to know. They had a rather large 8’+ hammerhead nicknamed Herman that discovered the pier was a great place to find a easy meal and the local Sheriff’s dept dispatched a sharp shooter to eliminate the threat of his regular appearances.

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