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upt_student
10 August 2008 @ 11:39 am
Celebrated my weekend after 12 straight days of flying by consuming alcohol and watching grown men try and kill each other in an organized fashion (aka UFC).  Hooked my instrument to-check for doing something incredibly stupid, but then went on to pass my actual checkride with awesome scores (3 or 4 downgrade Excellent....can't complain with that).  I am now 1 simulator away from being sim complete, as of Friday I am instruments complete, and I've been academics complete for a week or so.  The only hurdle left is formation, and I can't friggin wait.
~R
 
 
upt_student
05 August 2008 @ 10:40 pm
...is that you don't get a break after your cross country.  I flew 15 approaches over 12 hours of flying over the weekend, and I flew again Monday morning.  No breaks, no weekend.  I'm exhausted.  Oh yeah, I have my instrument check on Thursday.  **kill me**
~R
 
 
upt_student
31 July 2008 @ 10:24 pm
Instruments have been coming along.  I'm pretty good at shooting approaches once I actually get ON approach.  Maneuvering to get myself to the initial approach fix however, has been proving challenging.  I'm going cross country this weekend.  You get 1 cross country in pilot training, where you plan a weekend of aviation to essentially anywhere the might Texan II can putter to.  In this case, myself and a couple flightmates chose the 'Tour of the Rockies', flying to Amarillo, Albequerque, Grand Junction, Colorado Springs, and Lubbock to see just how close we can get to the mountains without actually hitting them or getting ATC to yell at us. 

Speaking of yelling, I'm academic complete as of today, taking and passing my last test (Formation) with a 97 percent.

Baller.

Also did an out-and-back to Amarillo, Texas today where I learned how to fly by looking at a map and shit on the ground.  Glorious.  Also did the flight planning in record time, because the original destination was Salina, Kansas and Kansas was fogged into 1/4 mile vis.  Totally cool......(not).  Cross country this week bitches!  I'll be landing in COS sometime Saturday afternoon if any of you USAFA tools want to watch me dick around the pattern....(gag).
~R
 
 
upt_student
12 July 2008 @ 11:56 am
Friday ended with a crappy instrument sim, and then my first AREA SOLO.  That's right, the United States Air Force allowed me to pilot a 5 million dollar airplane 40 miles north of the field, and perform G-intensive manuevers to include cloverleafs, cuban eights, loops, aileron rolls, and others until I couldn't stand it anymore.  I then proceeded back to Vance and squeaked a couple of touch and go's before I had enough and put it down for good.

Fun as SHIT.  I love my fucking job.  Oh yeah, I GET TO DO IT AGAIN MONDAY.  For all you aspiring pilots, once you pass your midphase checkride, you get about 6 rides of pure bliss....I'm loving this aero stuff.
~R
 
 
upt_student
08 July 2008 @ 07:59 pm
Midphase checkride was on Wednesday, and I rocked that shizzle, it was sweet.  Hope everyone had a good 4th weekend, back to the grind.  Flew today, did some advanced aero today, including the cuban eight, immelman, cloverleaf, and barrel roll.  Got up to MIF on the manuevers, which means I can try them on my area solo!!  **joy**  The bad news is that they have me double turning sims tomorrow  **cries** so no flying for me till at least Thursday.  Ah well I'll live.....except for the fact that I hate instrument sims with a burning passion in my soul.  Peace!
~R
 
 
 
upt_student
30 June 2008 @ 10:40 pm
Ugh  
Alright, here's a brief rundown of what's been going on since the last time I rapped in this thing.

Flying for me has been going well.  Getting G's and E's on most if not all of my maneuvers, and I've passed all of my rides up to midphase check.

That is, until today.  Today I earned my callsign "Snap" by inadvertently snap rolling the airplane and almost putting myself in an inverted spin.

Not safe, and definitely not cool.  The good news is that I recovered, the bad news is that I was hyperventilating so much we had to knock it off and RTB.  Hooked the ride, but that's cool because I get another shot at it tomorrow, and it's the ride before my midphase checkride, so I really don't care.

ANYWAYS, academics have been treating me well too, just took the weather test, which has historically been the bane of young aspiring pilots everywhere. 

It's pretty much safe to say that I'm in the full swing of flight line ops, and the jet is getting pretty familiar in my hands--that is, when I'm not snap rolling the squirmy son of a bitch.

Here's some good gouge for all you aspiring fighter pilots......UAV's are CONFIRMED to be dropping straight out of T-38's and T-1's.  That's right kids, 10 percent of every class is going to fly UAV's for their first assignment, and live in lovely Nevada or New Mexico.  But WAIT, that's not ALL!!!!  If you get UAV's......that's your fucking JOB man, no switching airframes, you're staying in the UAV for your career.  Makes you think twice about going for that coveted T-38 unless you KNOW you're the best pilot God ever graced on this Earth.

The world weeps for the days pilots were gods.....now we're getting replaced by computers and pretty lights.  Tough times in AETC my friends, tough times.
~Snap
 
 
upt_student
22 June 2008 @ 04:06 pm
Hey kids,

Yes I know, haven't been updating.....the lack of internet almost killed me.  Anyway, I'm moved into a new house, with internet and everything, so I'll try and start back up on this thing again.  A LOT has happened since I've updated for real last, I soloed on Wednesday and am out of the 15 day program of hell.  Anyway, into baby Aerobatics at the moment, and am getting steamrolled by Instruments academics.....so I can't TRULY update this till later.  Peace.
~R
 
 
upt_student
26 May 2008 @ 11:46 am
Sorry all, my computer dicked up on me a few weeks ago, so I have no internet access for at least the next couple of weeks.  Needless to say, UPT is HARD.....update to follow.
~R
 
 
upt_student
24 April 2008 @ 02:18 pm
...when you study for a systems test harder than you've possibly ever studied for anything in your life, and you still miss 5 of the 47 questions asked, you start to question the test.  I love trick wording and minutely detailed "did you read the fucking book 50000 times and memorize every diagram" questions, I really do.

I shouldn't be complaining, 42/47 is an 89 percent, which is quite decent, and 4 percent above the passing requirement.  I'm just irked that I put all that work into it, and got the same score if I would've studied half as hard.  I'm saying that only because there were 42 questions that were the most ridiculously easy questions I've ever seen (ie, What does the OBOGS FAIL light mean?  Hmmm....perhaps your OBOGS failed?) and the other 5 were dreamt up by the devil himself. 

Oh well.  Systems were never exactly my strong suit, and we're getting into Aerodynamics now, something that I practically lived and breathed at the Zoo.  I still have a 95 average for all my testing,  AND I don't have to go to work tomorrow till at least 10.  Who has two thumbs and is drinking tonight?  This guy.

In other news, my retarded class hooked their boldface for the THIRD TIME in a row, which means blues for the next 3 days.  Joy.  Drink time.
~R
 
 
upt_student
22 April 2008 @ 12:36 am
Electrical, fuel, and propulsion systems today.  Sometimes I like to think that the engineers wrote the dash one just to brag about how fucking smart they were when they built this airplane, because good lord the way the fuel flows ALONE is genius.  At least I think so, with my engineering background coming into play at least somewhat.  Anyway, had to take the Air Force fitness test today, sucked but passed.  Lots of CAI tomorrow, we're basically learning an entire block of instruction in about 2 days.  sim Wednesday, test Thursday.  Crank that firehose up another notch.....I shouldn't be awake right now.
~R