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[James Neely pulls the Perspex canopy of his small plane closed.]
[James is a real retiree and this is his story. He was paid an honorarium for participating in this film.]
>> James Neely: Some people golf.
[James Neely. The “Sky’s the Limit” RRSP.]
[James in his plane as it begins taxiing towards the runway.]
I’m a little different — I build airplanes.
[A red biplane weather vane’s propeller spins.]
When I built my first airplane I was 6 years old…
[James sits in his living room.]
… and I was trying to cut the pieces out of balsa with a bottle cap because they wouldn’t give me a knife.
[A disassembled balsa wood model of the 1903 Wright Flyer is shown.]
[James outside on an airfield, looks up to check the weather.]
One of the things I look at first is outside to see what the weather’s like.
[James looks at an orange windsock.]
[A homemade wind-speed indicator is shown.]
If it’s not so good it’s downstairs and get to work on the airplane stuff.
[James in his workshop. He picks up blueprints and walks over to a work table covered with a partially assembled aircraft wing.]
And if it’s good then I have this airstrip.
[James puts on his leather helmet and flight goggles.]
I drive out there and I uncover the airplane and jump in, fire it up and away I go.
[James gets into the cockpit of his small airplane.]
[James tightens the screws on the engine cowling of the small airplane.]
I really didn’t get to fly in a real airplane until I was 14 or 15.
[James sits in the cockpit putting his headset on.]
I was scared but it was exciting.
[Aircraft’s instrument panel is shown. James’ gloved hand flicks a toggle switch.]
[The front of the aircraft as the engine springs to life.]
I was hooked.
[The aircraft begins taxiing towards the runway. Windsock is in the background.]
To build your own aircraft and actually fly it is this magical realm.
[Aircraft races down the runway and lifts off.]
[James in the cockpit as the plane lifts off.]
You’ve created something and it’s not just something that sits there.
[The aircraft does a low altitude flyby.]
[James in his workshop.]
I would say that most important thing to keep in mind when you’re thinking about retirement,
[James in the cockpit as the plane banks to the right over the farm fields.]
… keep healthy, keep active, keep going.
[View from the wingtip of James in the cockpit.]
Then on top of that if you have an area that you want to spend a lot of time and money.
[James in his workshop, lifts an aircraft propeller.]
Set up some sort of an entity…
[James stands in his workshop.]
… where you can put the money and put it aside like pay yourself.
[James holds an old photograph of himself sitting in the cockpit of an airplane.]
[Overhead view of James’ workshop.]
If I hadn’t saved for retirement, well I certainly wouldn’t be building airplanes.
[James in the cockpit as the plane flies over the farm fields.]
My name is James Neely, for fun I build airplanes and then I go fly them.
[Plane recedes into the grey overcast sky.]
[Name your future. Save for it.]
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