I’ve really been immersing myself at work. I want to get to the point where I don’t constantly have to ask my co-workers questions. They understand and know I’m new, but I want to learn quickly. This specific career makes it difficult to learn everything quickly because there is such a variety of ways things can go wrong and being prepared to handle those different scenarios takes work and time. Doing customs paperwork also takes time, but that is my next big challenge.
This past week has been busy. In 10 days, I’ve worked 9 of them. It’s the transition from my training schedule to my actual work schedule which caused my days off to vanish. I’m finally on my “weekend” though. Do I just lounge at home and enjoy working a job that gives me lots of days off? Of course not. Besides the left over tasks from moving (like going to the DMV, ew), I headed out to the school I received my dispatch license to say hi. I had actually said hi on my only day off last week, but they wanted me to come back today.
Why? Because I’m going to be one of their instructors now! Yay! I’m going to specifically teach flight planning. I’m beyond excited. It’ll keep me up with my flight planning and all the Part 121 regulations that I could get rusty in while working Part 135. It works with my schedule and they don’t want me to sacrifice time there to teach with them, which is great. I’ll start with their next class in October, which gives me some time to plan my lessons and what I’m going to say.
It’s interesting how life works out for you. When I was in flight training and thinking of the idea of becoming a flight instructor full time, I was kind of hell bent on that idea. After soul-searching and discussion with friends and family, I realize that may not be the best route for me. Now, I’m still getting to work in aviation in something I love and even better, I get to teach it too! It ended up working out really well. I couldn’t have hoped for better. Keep an eye out for new stuff popping up. I plan on writing more about instrument charts and airspace before I start teaching!