Friday, August 18, 2006

El Capitan

So, I had figured I might get a week off work after getting home. That turned into a three day weekend. Then, I had to be ready to do my upgrade training, to become a captain.

The first day of training, I found it difficult to get my mind on where each control is, beecause I had been flying a different model for a while. But the flight training was completed in 3 days. Then I spent almost a week trying to get my company checkride completed. Our first attempt, we departed the runway, and I got the pleasure of a simulated enegine failure 200 feet up. Then just after dealing with that, we experienced a real instrument failure, and had to return to the airport.

Finally on Thursday, I got to complete the ride. And just in time. From the moment we exited the plane, I was on standby for departing on my first captain assignment. A small delay kept us in town for one more day.

Today, we departed the area and headed to Chesapeake, VA, just an hour away from home. Today was a long day though. Up at 6:30am, and didn't get to the hotel tonight until 9:30pm. Included in there was almost 6 hours of flying. So it couldn't be too bad.

On my first flight as a captain, I got to deal with building cumulus clouds, some turbulence, a reasonable amount of actual instrument conditions, and an instrument approach. Not a bad start to it all.

Now, at midnight, I've finally gotten some dinner, made the plans for tomorrow, and finished the daily reports. Fortunately, we aren't launching too early tomorrow, so I should get at least 7 hours of sleep in the end.


At 8:24 AM, Blogger adr said...

So does being in charge come with additional paperwork or will you be getting a lackey now that you're captain to handle those pesky details. :)

At 8:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe it means he gets an assistant to make the fun airplane noises while he flys...brrrRRRRrrrrRRR...eeyoweeyow..."we're under attack! fire!" thubthubthubthub...

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