2014 was a life changing year for me. I began the year working in theater and major sporting events in New York City and ended it working for a private jet company in Ohio. I didn’t fly as much as I would have liked, and some goals weren’t achieved, but I successfully made it through a huge career change, got healthier and lost 22lbs (which is quite amazing for someone who has zero willpower concerning chocolate).
I started out the year working for NHL Stadium Series, which has to be one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I loved it and was asked to do the Winter Classic this year and sad I couldn’t accept. I really do love working on major events, but knew I couldn’t make it my lifestyle since it involves working for weeks long hours without a day off and that’s not what I wanted. I need a job where I can have a life outside of it as well.
After that I transitioned into full gear study mode for my dispatch course, while slowing down my work but still a lot. I was helping out with 3 Broadway show openings and then took up a show as well. Luckily, the subway ride gave me time to study, something I miss now having to drive everywhere! It was great to finally get to work Broadway stuff, kind of a career dream come true (almost). But don’t think I wasn’t excited to hit the books and learn all about turbine systems on my down time.
I set off in June to my 6-day residency in Ohio. Finally, putting all my studying to work. Jake was a great influence on me and told me I needed to show up to the class all ready to pass. It was just a review. Having that in mind, it made the class less stressful for me and I passed and got my FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate!
Two weeks later, I was hired by a Part 135 company and had to move away from NYC and start in just 2 weeks. I have to say those were the most stressful weeks of my life! Note to self: I’ll never say I can do that in 2 weeks again.
I adapted pretty well to all the changes and enjoyed my training and getting to see Kentucky and Ohio. I was ready for a break from NYC for awhile at least. Jake even got hired by the same company and now we’re co-workers. It can be a bit weird at times, especially since the pilots don’t really like my department and everyone in the OCC seems to hate pilots at times. But I enjoy getting to be around the pretty awesome Citation Excel when I drop him off at work!
Outside of that job, I started to take up gliding and earn my glider add-on. The weather wasn’t very cooperative so far this winter, so hoping that quickly changes in the next few months. I also got hired to also instruct at the school where I got my dispatch license. I love teaching! I wish I could do it more!
The holidays are considered the busy season. Unlike an airline, when people want to go, we fit them into the schedule so we had TONS of trips and had to make them work. It’s coming to a close now (just have to make it through this weekend!) and I can’t wait for that! We did have time to go to the Christmas party where Santa arrived in a Citation Excel!
2015 is already shaping up to be a great year! I’ll post my Goals for 2015 (maybe I’ll make them more achievable this year!) shortly. And I PROMISE to write more with updates and more aviation articles! Happy New Year!