Sunday, June 13, 2010

Helo's here I come!

Selection was Thursday, and I got my first choice of helos.  I am stoked.  Here is a pic of the other selectees.  Everyone got their first choice except one, but she was on the fence just like I was so it wasn't a hit to get her 2nd choice. Congrats Kai!  Time to celebrate.  Stay tuned, now it is time for pictures of advanced training at South Field flying helicopters!

JR... out.

Primary Complete Sucka!

All done!  Well... with this phase.  I finished with a 53.4 NSS.  I know that doesn't mean much to anyone not in flight school but lets say the average at the squadron bounces around 47.  50 is the cut for Jets, and the grades are on a curve with the past 200 students with an 80 being the top of the curve.  I am happy how I finished.  I am ready for selection and have decided that I am going to put helos as my first choice.  I don't want to say I was talked into it by LT Rack and LT Kiffer, I actually had been on the fence for a few weeks now.  They helped fill me in on things about the helo community of which I wasn't aware.  I had always wanted P-3s, but the closer I got to selection, the more I felt like I would fit into the helo community better.  P-3's fly instruments alot (basically what I did for the last month of Primary flight school) and I hate instruments.  They aren't fun.  Helo's fly VFR (visual flight rules) pretty much most of the time and I really enjoy being able to see the ground and see where I am going.  Most helo pilots are really cool and not douchey as well.  I used to have all the jokes for helos and the guys that picked them.  "You know a helo is 5 million parts flying in loose formation right?"  Blah, blah, blah.  In the end, I am excited about my choice, we'll see how it pans out.

JR... out.

CCX Gainesville

The stars aligned for me last weekend and I was able to do a CCX (Cross Country) to Gainesville, FL.  Normally students pick a destination a little farter away, but we felt that with the weather closing in from the West, it might be a good idea to stay close to home.  Besides, I have seen Key West quite a few times.  It worked out great because the A/C in our plane was being a little punk and it was hot as hell outside.  3 short legs and we were drinking beer at University Air in G-ville.  Gainesville was awesome, and we had a great time.  Stumbled into a frat house party, took a bunch of pictures we don't remember, and I woke up with a bashed leg that looks like I got hit with a bat.  I toughed out the last few flights home and we returned on Sunday.  I should have went to medical but I had 3 flights left in Primary and there was no way I was going to let them med down me for my leg and have to wait another week or two to finish.  Last couple flights were actually pretty painful, but I played it off and got them done.  Thanks Craig (DeGarmo) for taking me and they boys around and showing us a good time.  Looking forward to doing it again.  The most random and awesome thing happened in Tallahassee.  I grew up with the Monson boys, Joe and Todd from the Keys.  On Sunday I am parking the plane and who is my lineman?  Todd Monson.  Instead of giving him the normal "thumb up" sign, I threw him the bird.  He cocked his head to the side a little and then I raised my visor.  It was great to see you man, even if it was only for a gas-and-go.  I can't believe I get paid to do this.

JR... out.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Dear RI's

I am glad to be finished with you. At least the Sim part. You were a miserable mistress.

Sim complete!  At least Primary Sim complete... Off to the plane now.  9 more flights and then I get to select what I am going to fly in the fleet.  Still don't know what I want yet.  Still leaning P-3's, but helo's are an option as well.  I have a cross country this weekend to Gainesville and then will only have 3 flights remaining in the syllabus.  I hope I finish up next week.  Gotta go and prepare for my flight, see you guys around.

JR... out.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

My Vacation needs a Vacation

Ginnie Springs.  Really?  Friggin INSANE.  I saw more nudity in 2 nights than I did the whole time at Mardi Gras.  And I went two years in a row.  I am back but soooo tired.  I feel like I need a few days just to rest my body, liver, and sore feet.  This post could go on for days about how much fun and crap we all saw this weekend.  Oscar Taylor and his wife Casey was with me and brought the kids.  It was a good experience for them, but maybe a little too crazy of a weekend.  The camping part was ridiculous, and so much fun.  Here are a few pics, I left all the nasty ones out.  They are in my private reserve of pictures to show at my funeral.  Ok guys, it is late and I have 2 flights tomorrow.

JR... out.

RI Training Aids

RI's have kinda been kicking my butt.  They aren't alot of fun, and besides that, I don't think I am really good at them.  Besides that, flight school just keeps trucking along... and I am one more week closer to completion.  Of this phase.  Lol.  I am still thinking P-3's, but am torn because I really feel like I would enjoy flying helos more.  The actual flying part... helos are so damn cool.  Well, I thought I grew out of smiley faces and notes on my paperwork... but Mr. Kapple (one of the sim instructors) does things a little different.  It is a little goofy, but it makes the debriefs light.  And he is a real cool instructor.  And so I present to you, a couple of RI print outs from a few of my flights with Mr. Kapple.  Enjoy.  Hopefully I get my cross-country to Gainesville this weekend and I take a lot of pictures.  See you guys soon.

JR... out.