Last year on the day of my check ride the Captain I had been training with called in sick. I was going through an entirely new training program. A test pilot of sorts. Up until that point no one had passed. The first two crews failed.
I was a little stressed going into the sim with a check airman as my Non Flying Pilot. Thankfully I passed.
This year I am in the first group to go back for the second part of the new training program.
I got an email last month to show up to a specific room at 8 am. This morning I arrived at 7:50 am to an empty room. This is odd as for the last 7 years there were always pilots whom arrived before me.
I thought I was in the wrong room. After checking my email again I confirmed I was in the correct room.
Seven Fifty-Five came...still just me. I was getting worried. Eight o'clock came and still no one. I went out to the break room and asked if any of the folks were there for day 1. One person was....an instructor.
Turns out I was in a class of 2, but the other pilot had not arrived. We waited......and waited....and waited. Nothing.
As luck would have it the Captain I was supposed to be in training with...and fly with....resigned effective today.
So once again I will be flying with a check airman. Odd luck eh?
One perk...we finished way early today. Oh and I have a decent sim time....8 AM show on Saturday and Sunday!