Entries for May 2009

Hosed

It’s been 3 weeks since I’ve arrived at Fort Rucker and settled down administratively! You can never imagine how much time and effort is needed just to square away all the domestics, settle down and be comfortable with the environment.

The course has officially started last week and my mind still seems to be idling. It has been pure academics till this week and I’m already feeling overwhelmed by the loads of knowledge and information delivered by the experts. A good way to illustrate the feeling would be imagining a water hose being shoved into your mouth and turned on at full blast — at least a good 50% of the water (knowledge) is flowing away.

I thought the limitations and emergency procedures (EP) during my rotary wings course days were daunting, until I started reading and memorizing those we are expected to know of here — it’s at least twice of what’s back home! Before I could even square out the limits and EPs, simulators have started and now, I have the flight check-list to be familiar with as well! Since the course duration is so short, things are expected to happen fast and furious. Naturally, the stress level has started to accumulate now that there’s so much to learn, so little time and capacity to absorb as well as maintaining the country’s image.

Probably I’ll just have to take it easy and pace myself well to gain the best out of this deal. This is one of the best training one can get and the instructors are all experienced and professional. What I like about this course is the style of the academics being conducted as well as the training aids available.

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Life in short

For the past few days, there’s this unexplained feeling within me, prompting me to start writing — to dust of the cobwebs accumulated over the months on this blog. I was contemplating on shutting down this little voice on the internet but after reading many of the past entries, memories were overwhelming the soul and I decided to keep the contents until such a time when I have the inspiration, time and energy to reorganise it.

The last couple of months have indeed been refreshing, challenging and exciting. There were high and lows both at work and personal life. To start off, I’ve got my first ride late last year. It was a difficult decision and the only reason I got it was because of work! I’ve since learnt and accumulated much knowledge about cars from scratch. It’s amazing to see how one splurge and care so much for a piece of metal!

I’ve finally completed flying training, attained the long awaited wings and posted to the platform I desire. It has been a long and fulfilling learning journey as a trainee and one will not understand the mixed emotions and heavy heart I felt the day I graduated! There was a sense of achievement within me but on the other hand, I felt lost — not knowing what to expect and whether I will live up to expectations as an operational pilot.

Then came the mad rush to pack my luggage and head off to the next station where I’m currently stationed — Fort Rucker, United States for the Aircraft Qualification Course (AQC). On one hand, I wanted to be posted to the Chinook’s so much that I got more than I asked for but yet on the other, I wished time was more forgiving. Nevertheless, I’m glad to be given this rare opportunity and am enjoying the process and experience.

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