Saturday, August 29, 2009

calm before the storm

As busy as the last few weeks have been, this week has been not. It started out looking like it was going to be busy with a flight on Monday and our second EP sim on Tuesday. Then on Thursday we had our first Copilot flight. These are nothing more than us sitting in the right seat instead of the left and reading out checklists and not flying. I did not touch the yoke to do more than make a radio call. It was a relatively laid back flight in that there was not a lot of pressure on us to do well. The reason is because the only things we could really be graded on were, radio calls and checklist procedures, which mostly consisted of reading a checklist. Thursday, we had our first navigation sim. Nav sims potentially can be difficult, but this one was nothing more than doing stuff we have done before. So that was a cake walk. On Friday we were expecting to fly a normal mission again, but we were taken off the schedule. So Friday was essentially a day off.

Needless to say, not much studying was done this week. This is a bad thing. The first few people in my class will be having their checkride at the end of this next week. I'll most likely have mine the following week. The week after labor day. This week was a perfect time to get ahead in studies. Oh well, I'll survive. We have talked to some friends in other classes who just had their checkride and I think we have a pretty good handle on what we need to know for ours.

Until next time, pray for SURF,


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