Well that was a fun week. Cross Country Camp was a blast. We flew every day except one (thunderstorms). One of the pilots I was mentoring dropped out of the camp after battling a few episodes of air sickness. The other did an excellent job. On Wednesday we set a 50km task so that she could get her first distance badge. In the end, we flew over 200km. Photos coming soonish... ;-)
After sufficient harassment from fellow campers, I gave up reading email on Tuesday and haven't looked at it since arriving back home on Saturday night. Damn, that's a good feeling--one that's certain to reverse itself tomorrow morning when I download the hundreds of messages waiting for me.
A few weekends ago I flew in a 2-32 and got checked out to fly rides. That means I get to fly for free once in a while and introduce random tourists, locals, and other folks to the sport of soaring. So if you've wanted to fly in a glider, drop by the Hollister Gliding Club to see what's available. Who knows, maybe I'll end up as your ride pilot.
Today I flew my first passengers as a commercial glider pilot. Of course, during my first flight I was asked the question that I knew someone would ask sooner or later: How many rides have you given? (or "How long have you been doing this?")
While I was tempted to say "congratulations! You're my first!" I fought that urge and pretended they wanted to know how long I'd been flying.
All told, I flew six rides today. It was a lot of fun flying.
Posted by jzawodn at July 31, 2005 09:35 PM