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

Reader Comments
# Eddie Peloke said:

Congratulations Jeremy. I was at new dentist's office a few months back and as he was getting his 'tools' ready he told me he was new...then quickly corrected himself to say he was new to that office...not new to dentistry. He must have seen the fear in my eyes when he said the word 'new' :).

on August 1, 2005 05:11 PM
# Badrinath.V.S said:

Congrads Jeremy!!! thats quite an achievement :-)

on August 1, 2005 10:48 PM
# Mike said:

First for what? Mile-high club? ;P

on August 2, 2005 12:58 AM
# Stephan Segraves said:


I've never been in a glider. I fly small prop planes but I'd love to take a glider trip. I bet it's heaven on Earth to be soaring that high with only the noise of the wind...

on August 3, 2005 06:22 AM
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on August 3, 2005 06:24 AM
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