I’m sitting here at home in Bangkok, thinking about Carlo’s Private Pilot License written exam tomorrow in Manila.
He’s been cramming furiously for 2 days. We had spent the weekend in Singapore, to watch Phantom of the Opera. We came back on SQ931 Sunday night from a really enjoyable weekend, but suddenly he was only 3 days away from the written exam.
I had to fly back to Bangkok. He’s on his own, with his ASA Test Prep book and his POH.
And he had to read James Joyce’s Ulysses yesterday, for school. The whole work.
I was texting him questions on airspeeds and checklists, and he seemed to be on the ball. By Tuesday afternoon he had totally memorized all his checklists and performance specs. Now he just had to finish the Test Prep book.
The resiliency of youth.
I am probably more worried than he is. I had dinner with both of my bosses tonight. Texting Carlo under the table.
Ready, but I’m doing extra review, just in case.
I guess you will do fine, am willing to bet you’ll get 100%.
I think I’ll go for 99%, so the other pilots won’t lynch me.
They would have to lynch both of us 😉
Sigh. So much for bragging on the blog.
Can quite easily imagine subtle but brutal heckling on the blog after your results come out.
I can’t wait to be his first passenger. I can imagine giving him the keys to the airplane. Folding my arms resolutely across my chest on his final approach. He promised to show me how he consistently touches down on the numbers, on landing after landing after landing. “It’s hard to explain how, man. It’s all intuitive. I’ll just have to show you,” he told me months ago. Ha!
We’ve been pretty honest about his stick time. He is’t allowed to fly passengers yet, so he has never landed the airplane with me in it. After watching him fly off alone for the past year on pattern and cross-country solos, I’ll finally see how he performs in the cockpit as a Pilot in Command.
This is the second clumsiest person I’ve ever met. I know. I met him a long time ago. Even now, when we are together it is only a matter of time before he spills a glass, knocks over a handheld radio or kicks a chair across the room.
Ben Hur, the President of Omni, is right. Learning to fly changes a person.
I can imagine quite a ride. I can imagine a lot of pride, too. On both sides of the cockpit.