My question to the pilots of HuSi, what are good things to look for in a Flight School? We don't really have too many contacts in the local pilot community, so it's hard to get the inside skinny on the various schools. I'm leaning towards proifr mainly because I would like to get my float endorsement, and if we do take to it seriously, my Multi/IFR ratings as well. Of course, all their websites say that they're the best, so It's hard to find an objective opinion. Any thoughts, advice, warnings about venturing into the world of private piloting?
I've always had the geeky fascination with planes, and even went so far as to take ground-school when I was 14 (although never carried through with the practical end of things). I grew up in a small town that had a steady stream of Beaver and Cessna floatplanes ferrying people to and from my hometown to various outlying coastal areas, so much so that my picture of an airplane is a Beaver with floats and part of me still thinks that planes without floats look kinda funny :-)
Anyways, we're both excited about the prospect. I've been toying with the idea for a while lately (since I bought a copy of MS FlightSim in a fit of boredom on a business trip), and broached it with janra a week or so ago. Now the idea is growing on her as well. Really the main reason we're not rushing forward with it is... money. I mean, we're not poor or broke by any stretch of the imagination, but we have a mortgage, may need another vehicle, and I am going back to University in a year. We have to see if and how we can juggle things around first, but we can probably do it if we really set our minds to it.
Anyways, that's the exciting thing in my life, regular stuff follows.
janra is back in the Great White North for a shift. She has to get the new crew trained on a few things and help get the plant up and running for the summer. She should be back next week, and I will be quite happy to see her again...
Since janra has been gone, I've been having to fend for myself for food. Also, since we've moved, we're not close to our usual diner which has forced me to be much more diligent about cooking for myself. Fortunately, the close proximity of a good butcher and a new BBQ has made this much easier.
Work. Work is, well, interesting. Whenever I think it can't possibly get any busier it proves me wrong. In addition to my usual duties, one of the guys is out of the office for a couple of weeks so we're all trying to cover for him. Plus, all hell is breaking loose at a few customers. Good Times. Oh, did I mention that our T1 gateway on our production phone system kicked the bucket last week? Due to various reasons I won't get into right now, I'm in charge of the production phone servers, and apparently corporate IT decided that that included the gateway as well. Fortunately QA had one that fit the bill, so I've ended up "borrowing" that temporarily. Oh, did I mention that I've never worked with a Cisco gateway or T1 before? Gotta love learn as you go...
Oh yes, then I also learned that they're not procuring a new phone system for our imminent office move like I had been led to believe, and I will be expected to move our existing one. Course, nobody thought to tell me about this until I enquired to the status of the "new system". Thanks for the heads up, jackass!
That being said, we had our performance reviews last week. Well, actually, we just had our raises last week. Our boss hasn't had the time to do the actual reviews yet. He gave me an excellent rating and an even better raise. How he pulled it off I'm not sure, but I suspect he made a very successful pitch to his boss about wanting to keep me around rather than have me run off to Uni in the fall.
(Have I mentioned that I like my boss? He leads the charge to the pub, understands what I do, plays the company politics well and doesn't hesitate to cover our backs when it's all to frequently require)
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