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    I'm too heavy to become a Sport Pilot- RATZ!

    I dropped by a flight school in Bolingbrook, IL this afternoon while on an otherwise lovely motorcycle ride and was informed that at 260# my 68 yr old carcass is simply too big to get training for Sport Pilot.

    Needless to say that news did two things - #1 - it dashed all my dreams of flight on the rocks of larded reality; and B. It will have to maybe serve as some form of motivation get back on a grueling diet and exercise regimen. That way maybe in a year or two I can try again if I haven't croaked in the interim. It figures - I had just calculated out how to afford all the training as a Christmas present to myself.

    Oh well - at least I still have Flight Sim X - Steam Edition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CHICAGORANDY View Post
    I dropped by a flight school in Bolingbrook, IL this afternoon while on an otherwise lovely motorcycle ride and was informed that at 260# my 68 yr old carcass is simply too big to get training for Sport Pilot.
    Either they have undersized/underpowered airplanes, or they have large instructors. I outweigh you and have no trouble in the RV-12, even with a 200# pax and a couple hours worth of fuel (plus reserve).
    Measure twice, cut once...
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    I guess I need to do some due diligence and investigate a few other training facilities.

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    I was 264# back in April. I was still actively flying my J3 and RV-4 without issue, even with 170# passengers. I am now 202. I can just carry more gas...and take up my seat belts now. Low carb and exercise.


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    The McDougal diet (lifestyle) isn't grueling and may not require exercise.
    https://www.drmcdougall.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Berson View Post
    The McDougal diet (lifestyle) isn't grueling and may not require exercise.
    https://www.drmcdougall.com/
    You might contact the FAA about an "Americans With Disabilities" solution for a weight waiver.

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    Good luck. Ten years ago I was 290. Down to 230 now, looking to hit 200 in five more years (I hope)

    Tim

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