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Old 05-07-2016, 08:12 AM
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I flew the wife to breakfast two weeks ago and when she exited the plane she missed the step on the RV-12 and broke her ankle. Yesterday she had surgery to install titanium screws and a plate. Doc says no weight-baring for 3 months. Going to be a LONG summer. She let me sign her cast…


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Old 05-07-2016, 08:28 AM
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Ouch. Sorry to hear about that. I'm trying to shed some weight so I don't snap the poor little thing off.
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Old 05-07-2016, 08:35 AM
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Its not just getting in and out of the plane. My mechanic has hit his head a few times whilst crawling underneath the plane,

I won't tell you what he said!
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Old 05-07-2016, 08:39 AM
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Oh my...how terrible!

My wife does not have good mobility because of back issues. She loves to fly but seldom does. The few times a year that she does, I use a small step ladder that stands about level with the leading edge of the wing. I also never allow her to enter or exit the plane until I am standing in a position to guide her steps.
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Old 05-07-2016, 08:44 AM
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Ya, but what did she think about the flight?
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Old 05-07-2016, 10:02 AM
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Ya, but what did she think about the flight?
She worked for Northwest Airlines for 17 years and loves flying. She flew a lot in my Cub and this was her 2nd flight in the 12. I had her use a small kitchen 2-step ladder complete with handrail to get in. Problem was getting out at our destination. Real trooper - she walked into the restaurant and we ate breakfast, climbed back in for flight home, and then straight to the ER.
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RV-12 Bought Flying Oct 2015 with 48TT - Hobbs now 522

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Old 05-07-2016, 11:21 AM
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She should sue the PIC!
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Old 05-09-2016, 12:37 PM
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She worked for Northwest Airlines for 17 years and loves flying. She flew a lot in my Cub and this was her 2nd flight in the 12. I had her use a small kitchen 2-step ladder complete with handrail to get in. Problem was getting out at our destination. Real trooper - she walked into the restaurant and we ate breakfast, climbed back in for flight home, and then straight to the ER.
Good for her! She definitely sounds like a strong woman and you'll have a good chance now to show her how much you care about her. I hope it heals completely and without additional pain.
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