One step closer to flying again - MtnVwPilot
|Date:||December 28th, 2005 11:30 pm (UTC)|| |
Mooching Air Time
YEA! Hurrah! May I have a ride, please?
I'll pay for gas! The passenger requests
a bit of turbulence, please.
|Date:||December 29th, 2005 01:19 am (UTC)|| |
Re: Mooching Air Time
Some of my friends are asking themselves "Gee, I wonder what's motivating him to take up flying again?" Pretty girls who want to go for a ride? Nah, couldn't possibly be that... ;-)
If you want turbulence, you should go for a sailplane flight; certain types of turbulence indicate lift, so sailplane pilots sniff it out. I'm not a big turbulence fan, myself, though it bothers me less when I'm at the controls than when I'm a passenger.
I'll second that "yay" and raise you a "Woo!!!"
Does this mean you'll be doing rescue flights again?
Probably not any time soon... That's a whole 'nother level of retraining and recurrency that I'd have to undertake, well beyond what it would take to get even instrument current again. At this point, it has been so long since I've flown SAR (Search and Rescue) that if I wanted to take it up again, I'd probably best repeat the training from scratch, which is about 20 hours of study time and at least that much flight time.
Besides which, I'm more valuable to the SAR organization as an Incident Commander (there are only about 40 of us fully qualified in California) than as a Mission Pilot (which there are about 300 of). So if a real mission came up, I probably wouldn't get to fly anyway, but rather would end up running the overall mission or some piece of it (Air Operations, Ground Operations, whatever; to qualify as an IC, you first have to have qualified at some point for almost every other emergency position in the organization).
Good to see you getting back into it.
I agree with your assessment of your appropriate role wrt SAR. If you're looking to do good with your flying skill, there's always Angel Flight West. The treasurer (maybe ex-treasurer by now) is an acquaintance of mine.