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The Classroom / Re: The scary part begins.
« Last post by YawningMan on July 30, 2015, 08:01:12 PM »
Hello! I thought I'd drop in to make an update.

I finished school with a 3.5 GPA in August of 2014! Yay! I'll get into the details in a moment. For now, I'll touch on the more relevent stuff.

So, I haven't found a job yet. Well, I think It's more accurate to say I've scarcely tried to find a job yet. I've been busy. I started a relationship with a great gal in July of 2014, got engaged to her in September, and we got married in January of this year.

I've been focused more on her for the past year than anything else. She and I have been coming back down from the clouds, and we think it's time to really buckle down and start trying to get me the job I'm qualified for.

So, the details. The last two semesters of school were one hell of a ride. I came out of the second to last semester with an In Progress grade. Halfway into the last semester, I still wasn't sure I was going to make it through school. I'm sure many of you have been there, too. Those last couple of months, though.

Man, I made such a push to get through it that I really amazed myself with what I was capable of. I mean, at the beginning of the last semester I... Huh. Maybe I shouldn't mention that incident until AFTER I get a job...  ::sweat::

At any rate, I was on top of the world knowing I graduated with As in almost all of my classes. I actually had a classmate I graduated with who pulled off a 4.0.  ::unbelieveable:: He has already been working for Gulfstream for about three months now.

My wife is pretty much incredible. We're both really hurting for money, otherwise we'd get her paid up to test so she can finally get her A&P license. She graduated from a different school in May 2014.

I've been working for UPS since October. I started out as a driver helper during the holidays. I've been loading package cars (the big, brown trucks) since a week after I got married. I'm grateful for the bills it has helped me pay and the work ethic I have learned there. It's time for me to move on, though.

UPS wants me to be hired as an A&P to work in their avionics shop, so that's a door I can't quite get into right now. (Many of the larger companies seem to have the same requirement.) I am signed up for school to start earning my A&P in less than a month. After having a discussion with my wife, I think it would be good to get my A&P, but we think it would be better to get the avionics job now and see if the company that hires me will be willing to work with me to get the A&P. I don't care if they send me to school or let me study and work a lot of OJT. I just think it would be really good to add to my toolbox.

So, that's pretty much what I've got in front of me in a nutshell. Prayers and well wishes are encouraged. I'll have to pass on the beer dousing and strippers, but I know that won't stop others from enjoying themselves on my behalf.  ::rofl:: ::drinking::

It's good to visit this old forum again. I hope I'll have good news to report sooner than later. Cheers!
Current Strip / Re: Challenger
« Last post by tundra_flier on July 24, 2015, 12:31:49 AM »
Actually, I can't really see Chuck wanting a little light sport plane like a Challenger.  Not nearly cool enough for him.   8)
We are seeking pilots to volunteer for a study examining how meteorological information displays affect pilot weather decision-making. Fixed-wing licensed pilots and currently enrolled student pilots who are at least 18 years of age and live in the US are eligible to participate.

As you know, adverse weather conditions in aviation can lead to delays, deviations, and even accidents. As a result, Atmospheric Technology Services Company, LLC and the Georgia Institute of Technology are conducting a study on how different weather display technology influences pilot decision-making. As a participant in this study, you will be asked to complete an online demographics questionnaire regarding your flight experience, ratings, and other items. Following the demographic questionnaire, the participant pilots will be asked to evaluate various weather scenarios. The study will take no more than 1-hour to complete. We hope that you will consider participating and assisting us in learning more about weather display technology. Participation will assist us in learning more about weather display technologies with the goal of improving aviation safety. The supported internet browsers are Chrome 4.0 or higher, Internet Explorer 10.0 and higher, Firefox 4.0 or higher, and Safari 3.1 or higher. In addition, Javascript must be enabled. We recommend using a laptop or a desktop. If you work at a secure government facility, you may need to use a personal device due to security constraints.
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Current Strip / Re: Challenger
« Last post by Stef on July 21, 2015, 01:53:47 PM »
I get an error message when I click on the link... But I did a google image search. I have to say, I expected a "quad" quad. But I guess all these things are right up Chuck's alley ...
Some helicopter pilot needs extreme remedial training.
And a whole bunch of common sense.
Current Strip / Challenger
« Last post by tundra_flier on July 08, 2015, 03:02:35 AM »
I think Chuck needs to find an ad for a Quad City Challenger.  Oh wait, here's one:

Aviation related topics / Washington State: Paradise fire
« Last post by Ragwing on June 30, 2015, 04:31:00 AM »
Washington State has three fires due to the high temperatures and below normal snow pack

An aerial photo of the Paradise Fire shows smoke rising near the Queets River Sunday in the Olympic National Park.

The Paradise fire is 12 miles from the trailhead and about 1,000 acres have burnt so far.

Helicopters have been brought in to help battle a wildfire in rugged terrain in Olympic National Park in northwest Washington state.

The U.S. Forest Service says 18 firefighters and two helicopters performing bucket water drops were attempting Monday to slow the progress of the blaze on the north side of the Queets River.

The fire, burning13 miles north/northeast of Quinault in the Olympic National Park, was sparked by lightning.

Authorities say no property or people were threatened because the remote location of the fire.

Fire officials say smoke jumpers who had been staffing the fire were released on Sunday since the fire has spread into an area that is inaccessible.

"We are doing everything possible to minimize the fire's spread, but right now we do not have many options," said Todd Rankin, the park's Fire Management Officer. "Traditional suppression tactics do not work in this fuel type since the fire spread is occurring in the forest canopy, not on the ground."

Fire officials say lichens, growing high in the tree tops, are catching fire and carrying the flames from tree to tree.

Fire officials say fire behavior analysts have determined that this is the Olympic Peninsula's driest year since 1951, the year of the Forks Fire. The Forks fire burned nearly 38,000 acres in one day.

Two other fires are burning in the state.

In North Cascades National Park, a lightning-caused fire is 60 percent contained and has burned more than 100 acres.

A third fire was sparked by helicopter crash last month. It has burned 85 acres in the Colville National Forest and is 95 percent contained.
Aviation related topics / Re: Wildfire Disaster Funding Act
« Last post by Mike on June 22, 2015, 12:18:59 AM »
After many years of fighting fire I STILL have not figured out where exactly the funds for it come from. I hear every year that they're almost out of funding, yet we keep flying. I just know there are many different huge pots for it "somewhere"....

And what if Washington AND California put in for this at the same time? Is this an unlimited pot?

Aviation related topics / Another similar callsign near miss
« Last post by Baradium on June 19, 2015, 07:12:37 PM »
Earlier this week:

Quote from: CNN

(CNN)—Two commercial planes almost collided at Chicago Midway International Airport Tuesday night, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed.

Southwest flight 3828 was cleared for takeoff and started on the runway, but simultaneously Delta Air Lines 1328 also began on an intersecting runway without proper clearance according to a statement released by the FAA.

It caused a potentially harrowing situation as two planes should never be rolling for takeoff on intersecting runways.

The on-duty air traffic controller noticed the two planes headed toward the intersection, immediately warning the Delta flight. The controller can be heard yelling, "stop, stop, stop!" in the audio recording of the incident, which occurred at about 7:40 p.m. on Tuesday.

Both flights stopped 2,000 feet from the runway intersection, later the Southwest flight went on to Tulsa with no additional problems.

"We appreciate the professionalism of our pilots and the FAA Traffic Controller," Southwest said in a statement.

The FAA is investigating the situation, which Delta said they fully cooperating with.
Aviation related topics / Re: Wildfire Disaster Funding Act
« Last post by Baradium on June 19, 2015, 07:11:21 PM »
I'm personally a bit skeptical about the need for this.

Hurricanes and flooding are under special programs because they don't happen every year.  While there are up and down fire years, there always seems to be fire and the equipment and personnel need to be in place or in relatively quick access.  I personally feel the move should be more along the lines of normalizing more of the funding.

This whole mess of having people stand by and not get paid unless there is a fire is something that I still really dislike about how things are done, at least up here.   As far as I'm concerned, during fire season it should be more like a normal job with call time and a guaranteed pay rate.
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