Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Aim to exceed

I'm currently in the Motor City on my second (and should be final) IOE trip.

The first trip was just under 10 hours. I need at least 15 to finish as I am a transitioning Captain. When I was a new Captain I needed 25 hours.

The first trip was fairly easy. I was thrown to the wolves right away with a 28 knot gusty direct crosswind landing. I am happy to report crosswinds in the 175 are much easier than the CRJ.

I was quite nervous when I went through my initial Captain flight in April. Now it's just natural.

The first IOE Captain said I was doing very well for how little time I had in the plane.

This new IOE Captain said he'd sign me off after just the second flight, but I only had 12 hours total. It's a great feeling to exceed expectations.

I won't say I'm an excellent pilot, I just prepare well and have a well thought out way of flying.

Tomorrow it's one flight to the HUB and then to Baltimore. I plan on taking a series of buses and trains to the National Mall in DC. It's a 20 hour overnight and I don't plan on spending it all at the airport hotel.

1 comment:

  1. Well Mr. Geek, you DID IT! Congratulations!! Since you are finally the BOSS, I guess it is OK to say "My This," and "My That." After following your blog for several years, I knew how much you wanted seat 0A. IMO, you are well prepared to occupy that seat as to accept the awesome responsibility that goes with it. Try to remain humble and you will do well. Your readers already know that you prepare well for every flight and now is not an option, but mandatory and every time you board YOUR airplane. There is zero tolerance for errors or sloppy work, but you already know that. Congratulations and best wishes. Keep your nose clean and you will do just fine, CAPTAIN, Sir!! Now, If I can find a profile that will let me in, I'll get this posted... -C.


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