But that didn't stop Scott Shue from taking his first solo flight in an antique airplane to celebrate his 16th birthday.
"There was 6 inches of snow on the ground," said Shue, now 50. "I'll never forget that day."
Today, Shue and his father, John Shue, are about three years into a project to restore the 1940 UPF-7 Waco plane at their shop in Emigsville.
Their goal is to finish the plane for a Waco fly-in gathering in Ohio next year, they said.
"It's labor-intensive," Scott Shue said of the restoration process. "I've always been flying . . . ever since I was old enough to stand on the seat. I've been around it all my life."
John Shue, who purchased the plane in 1964, agreed it's not easy to find parts to reconstruct an antique plane.
"That's why they don't build them like this anymore," John Shue said. "We haven't strayed from originality."
After father and son completed a seven-year restoration process in 1971, John Shue flew the plane.
Scott Shue recalled that, as a kid, he used a wire brush to strip old paint off the plane's frame.
About a year later, the pair took the plane on a three-week trip, Scott Shue said.
"We slept under the wing every night, rain or shine," he said. "We took photos through the struts of Mount Rushmore. . . . It was a neat trip."
Scott Shue also recalled playing trumpet for Central York High School marching band home football games while his dad flew the plane and towed a banner that read "Go Panthers" over the school's stadium.
Students nicknamed it the "Panther Plane," Scott Shue said.
The plane was last flown about five years ago, Scott Shue said, adding that he and his dad are eager to overhaul the plane and get back in the air.
"It's just neat to have an old part of the family back in the shop again," Scott Shue said.
Details on John Shue's 1940 UPF-7 Waco that he and his son, Scott Shue, are restoring:
John and Scott Shue won a national award in August for their restoration of a 1930 Waco open-cockpit biplane. They won the grand champion award in the antique category at a prestigious show in Oshkosh, Wis.
Under the direction of the plane's owner, Joe Kaminskas of Biglerville, the Shues spent nearly a decade restoring the plane.