Another Checkride Complete

As much as I love flying, it isn’t always just fun and games.  An important part of all flying is recurrent checkrides to make sure that we continue to do our jobs right.

For many people it is an incredibly stressful time as it can have significant career implications.  I generally am not very worried about them because I believe that if you just always do things the right way then a checkride is just another flight.

However, this time I was flying in an area that I am not familiar with, with a crew I hadn’t flown with, and an evaluator that I also didn’t know anything about.  On top of that, I had only flown four times in the last three months so I was much more stressed than I usually am.  I also had to get it done before the end of the month.

Long story short, I passed my checkride and am now good for another 17 months.  It is amazing how much physically lighter I feel now that it is complete.  I can just focus on learning the local area, and hopefully get back to some instructing, which is what I really love to do most.


Ripping Through the Mountains is so Fun

Sorry I forgot the GoPro today, but I got my first flight where we really went after it and it was so much fun.

The terrain here is just so diverse and beautiful and I love it.  I seriously could go fly somewhere new everyday here and never get bored.  

With that being said, I have lost a lot of my flying stamina so I am exhausted and ready for bed.  I’m so happy to be here.

One PT Test Closer to Retirement

Like many things in life, exercise is one of those things that loses its appeal when I am forced to do it.  Such is the case with the PT test that I am required to do for the Air Force.

Mostly I just hate the run because I have never been a strong distance runner.  There was a time that I was a fine sprinter so things like playing basketball or soccer I have always enjoyed, though as I get older I notice that I have lost a step.

Today was my PT test and I am super glad that I passed.  I actually am really proud of myself because I had the best run time I have had in years.  I was actually quite surprised since I am about 4,000 feet higher in altitude here than I was in Japan.  

The only thing I could think was the drier air and that it is a little cooler.  I also think it helps that I am quite happy here.  I got to fly last night which made me even happier, and I am just generally happy.

I really think that positive attitude had an impact and I look forward to doing even better next time.

I Get to Fly Again!

So maybe this is a day early, but I just couldn’t wait to scream it from the rooftops, or type it on a blog.  After a month and a half if waiting for paperwork, and about three months of being grounded, I finally get to fly again tomorrow.

I am so happy I really can’t contain myself, and at the same time I really just want to type, “I’m so excited!” over and over again.  I would be lying if I said I didn’t have a few nerves because you definitely regress when you are out of the plane that long, but I am just thrilled to get spun back up again.  

I think the hardest thing about the waiting is that I did everything I could and was just waiting on someone else to do their part.  Honestly though, now that I get to fly again I really don’t care.  

Tomorrow I will be back in the air where I belong.

It’s Great to See an Old Friend

One of the fun things about being in the military is that you end up with friends all over the world.  Then you are occasionally lucky enough to meet up with some of them.  

That happened to me today when I got to see a friend I have had since I went to C-130 school in Little Rock and then got to serve in Japan with.  We didn’t get to chat much because he was working but it is always fun to see a familiar face that makes you smile.

Something That Made Me Go Wow

I thought about saying Wahoo instead of wow to quote one of my favorite movies but it didn’t seem quite right.

I’m still grounded but got to go out to a new dropzone today that was up in the midst of some incredible mountains.  Obviously what made it even better was the sight of two C-130s flying up the valley towards us.

We could hear them coming on the radio but it was even more awesome to see them come swinging around the corner through this the tight valley you can see in the back of the picture.  Then they flew nice and low over our heads with the sound of their engines echoing off the cliffs around us.

I know I sound like a broken record, but few things make me happier than the sight of a C-130 in flight.

I’m Happy Just Being Around Planes

The last two days I have been able to go out to the dropzone and help out on the ground supporting our planes that were flying.  It is not glamorous work, nor is it particularly difficult work, but it involves planes so I am in.

You actually spend a lot of time just sitting there waiting for the planes to come but when they do it is so much fun to see the action happen.

I need stuff like this to keep my spirits up while I wait to be able to fly.  With that being said, it is hard to be down when you spend the day outside under a bluebird sky, and not at a desk.