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Spouse shows no interest in GA…

Asked by: 3115 views Light Sport Aircraft, Private Pilot, Student Pilot

My wife wants nothing to do with my interest in GA, and has made it very clear I needent ever ask her to go flying with me.

Is this common, and how do pilots out there deal with this?

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  1. Koehn on Jul 27, 2010

    It’s all too common. In my own case I was able to get my wife aloft (once). Be patient and understand her concerns, be honest about the risks, and let her gain her own understanding that you won’t be hot-dogging or taking any unnecessary chances.

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  2. Gary Moore on Jul 27, 2010

    Also consider one of the popular ‘Pinch Hitter’ courses offered by the AOPA and other groups. It will go a long way to giving your wife more information and control.

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  3. Matthew Waugh on Jul 27, 2010

    I worked with a pilot from zero to instrument rated. His spouse vowed not to fly with him. Recently the entire family took a vacation from the East Coast to Alaska in their single engine GA plane. Obviously she’d been on previous flights/trips (I don’t recommend an Alaska trip as a first flight, unless you actually live in Alaska). So people change, hang in there, as others have said show her how safely you operate she may well come around.

    Don’t minimize the downsides of GA (but don’t exaggerate them), but she may come to realize that the travel options it provides out-weigh her perceived risks.

    But one word of warning, make sure she supports YOUR interest in GA, you wouldn’t be the first couple to divorce over aviation.

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  4. wolf emonds on Dec 15, 2011

    the good news is that there are tons other ladies that will. It’s kind of like that song….. She won’t do it but her sister will.   Just find other friends that like to fly, fighting with a spouse just isn’t worth it.

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