Fly for fun
Who of you in here has ever done something similar? You know, found a “little excuse” to take her out for a quick maintenance flight? I can neither confirm nor deny that I may or may not be guilty of such exact action working for an outfit which should remain nameless, yet strongly leaning towards “may”…
Lucky for me I finally ended up with a company that’s not stingy when it comes to non-revenue flights at all. Which is almost surprising considering the size of the aircraft. But I think it stems from the fact that both owners are still aviation fanatics after 40+ years of flying and rarely ever pass on an opportunity to take something around the patch themselves. It’s actually really great to work for aviation enthusiasts vs. a former manager of a yogurt factory, LOL. The only downside of flying these big aircraft is that you don’t get to just “jump in” like Chuck and Julio do in the Cessna or the Piper. There are a lot of people and work involved in firing one of those beasts up and capturing it again after the flight. I sometimes miss just “getting in and go”.
When I was working for the small flight school where most initial CW ideas came from, one of my job as CFI AND A&P was to verify squawks before the shop would go through the hassle of opening a work order and bringing the machine in the hangar. With pilots like Chuck and students like Jason, a lot of “problems” they came up with were simple fixes like switching a missed switch back into “ON” mode and such. Some flights were scary, when things were actually broken pretty good but went unnoticed by a student. It was a great experience spending so much time in my early career flying aircraft with issues and troubleshooting them. I’d totally do that one over again because I learned so much.