Today I finished day 2 of 3 of my re-qualification ground school. For the most part, it's the same information I went over last year...and the year before that....and the year before that.
I'm the only pilot in the class getting re-qualified. The other pilots are all getting recurrent training. The only difference is I get an extra day in the simulator.
Recurrent training goes over all of the systems of the airplane. It's hard to stay focused going over the same slides about information I already know about. It is nice to be in a room full of pilots though. Some I have flown with, most I have never met before.
One topic I always get interested in is security. My airline has a very good speaker and security presentation. Each time I leave the security presentation I am energized and ready to be vigilant in defending my flight deck. I have to keep that mindset throughout the year. Complacency creeps into flight decks and cabins the further we get from 9/11.
Tomorrow is the final day. A few more systems to review then the final exam. After that I have a few days off before my simulator training.
Due to a backlog of training (lots of upgrades and pilots moving around) the local simulator is booked solid. I will be heading to another city for my sim training.
Right now my wife and I are doing part time day care (3 days a week). As of now I head out for sim training next week on Wednesday. This will allow me to spend time/watch my daughter on Monday and Tuesday.
Since I will not be fully trained before bidding closes for February I will be on reserve and have a schedule built for me. Hopefully it will be decent. I would prefer to work weekends to save money on daycare as my wife works Monday thru Friday.
It's great to be back.