Full disclosure, the topics we’ve covered this past week, and will cover for the next four weeks, were extremely rudimentary given my experience, but this was the first test of the course that counts for something and I was one of two perfect scores. I know hell is coming my way when we start non-radar labs next month, but for now it’s nice to coast with little to no effort. I’m trying to get ahead on my map and separation procedures so when the shit starts to hit the fan I’ve at least got my apron pulled halfway over my head.
Also, you know that scene in the beginning of Little Big League when the three little leaguers all slide into second base at the same time. The umpire has no idea how to call it so he asks the protagonist, Billy, the 9 year old who knows more about baseball than he does. That’s sort of what today was like as we began a very dumbed down introduction to aerodynamics and flight. Our instructor is a career tower controller and then flight service specialist with no flying experience whatsoever, so he finishes many sentences with, “Does that sound right to you, James? Am I in the ballpark?”