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An Update on Scholastic Progress

Well, as you may have inferrred by now, the final exam has come and gone, marking the end of private ground school.  I easily managed to get a 95% on the final (and 2nd midterm exam, by the way), so I’ve pretty-much got a 95% average for the class (not that it really means much, as long as I’m above the requisite 80%).  Simulator flights have been going well, putting me in the top tier–those ready to take on the real thing.  If all goes well with my checkride Thursday, I’ll be in N791SH (that’s our Robinson R22 helicopter) Friday afternoon, as scheduled.

Also, I need to take and ace 3 practice exams before I’m cleared to take the FAA written exam (I guess I should get started on those as well), as I will need to pass that to get my private rotorcraft rating.  Then, all I really have to do is start building hours (50 before the private checkride and start of instrument class).

Also of note:  Friday will be my first flight–ever.  I’ve never flown commercially, for travel, or for any other purpose–so my first time flying will literally be my first time flying.  Yeah, I know….

Off We Go…

…Into the wild, blue yonder / Flying high into the clouds!

Indeed, I’m quite excited.  For, you see, I’ve just been accepted to


Yes, friends, we all thought it impossible, but Atari is finally going to be able to take off (literally), shed his earthbound dreaming, and take a look from up above!  There isn’t much I can pull together to describe exactly how elated I am because of this recent turn of events–just that, well, wow!  This is, of course, the new educational and career endeavour I hinted at a few weeks ago.  I’m currently in attendance at Silver State Helicopters’ Flight Academy, and on my way to joining the ranks of the commercial airman.  Private rating ground school is going to cover the next 12 or so weeks, and I’ll probably start simulator training by mid-December.  I will, of course, keep you all posted of happenings, dear friends, as we all embark on this crazy trip we call life.

In addition, I would like to thank a couple of people in particular because without them, I would not have the opportunity before me at all:

Ryno, thank you, sir, for hearing the radio advert and alerting me to the whole premise.  Also, thanks for actually going to the informational seminar because, knowing me, I probably wouldn’t have taken much interest without your enthusiasm.  Never gave whirlybirds much though before, but it’s a place to start!

Nadia, without your help and drive, I wouldn’t have been able to get into the school–not to mention affording tuition.  You went out on a limb and kept me in line and focused long enough to see me into school.  Thank you, sweetie, I love you.

Now, enough with being all mushy and stuff.  All I ask for at this point is a good word or thought to help me stay the course because, although I’m sky-high now, the next 10-18 months are going to be grueling–a LOT of work, but it’s going to be so worth it….