Monday, February 9, 2009

So, Why Do I Want to Fly??

Well as a young’un, I had dreams of flying a Boeing 727 for American Airlines. Way back then you could sit up front in the cockpit on the layover and chat with the crew. It was fun talking to them, quizzing them on the whys and how-comes of flying. It was even more fun showing them that I knew my way around the cockpit, could read charts and even knew procedures. I knew that my s**t didn’t stink when they let me read the checklists until we pushed back from the gate.

As I got older and when through this kick in the crotch called LIFE, new job, job loss, bills, living as a 20 year old, fighting for my medical, then a baby, I had to postpone for a looooooong time my dreams. Then, I had 2 transplant surgeries.

So, here I am, 30 years later and unable to realistically fly 73’s and other airliners. But, I can actually do something much better for society.

Angel Flight. I can volunteer for Angel Flight and help transport medical patients across the area.

I volunteer at the Cleveland Clinic in the transplant ward. Pre and post liver and kidney patients light up when they see that transplant recipients recover and are active in life in fairly short order. When I express my interest in flying patients, they are highly supportive and wish me well. Some told me that a former transplant patient flying them would be highly motivating to them.

There is nothing like watching a transplant patient go from sickly to seeing them months later fully recovered and active.

So, yes, my goal over the past year has been to help these patients. Many of them are coming from semi-remote areas and can reach Cleveland in a matter of 2-3 hours. So, to fly out and bring them to the area for their surgery will help them tremendously. Many of them are middle and low income. Not only transplant patients, but other patients need transportation. Angel Flight is filling that need.

I know what it is like to be flown from an outlying area to my home hospital.

So, no, I will not be flying the big jets, but I could be delivering something that is much more important.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

FAA Written Test … 97%!

Last night I slept well. I woke up fairly early, and decided to do a little studying. I ended up only studying for about 35 to 45 minutes.
Yesterday was a bear because I studied for about five to six hours. I finally reached the saturation point around 3:00 in the afternoon. What I ended up doing was housework to keep my mind distracted. I wanted to go bowling but it was too late to get a lane. There is nothing like bowling in the afternoon to break up the stress. And based on my recent scores I need to as much stress relief as possible.
So, I took my leisurely drive across Cleveland to Cuyahoga County Airport. For some reason, I was nervous and I really don’t know why. Once I started to test things came right back to me and I took the test and probably no more than 40 minutes.
I had to go back and review two questions. One was on Tri-colored approach lights, and the other was on cloud conditions. After reviewing the results I got those questions correct and missed the other questions pertaining to terminal in our forecasts and reading weather charts.
So, the next step is complete. 97% I can accept.
Now I see that I could have gotten 100%. DANG!!