Ground School: Week 2

Today my friend/co-worker and I got to the airport a little early and found the observation deck. It’s a nice little patio where you can sit out watching the planes take off and land, and listen to the tower talk to everyone. I still don’t understand 90% of what’s going on, but it’s fun to catch a phrase or two that I really do get. I think we’ll have time most weeks to spend at least a few minutes watching the planes, so that should be fun.

Once again, class started with a video. We finished up chapter two of the Jeppesen material and started on chapter three. I think we may have fast forwarded a little bit farther through chapter two than where we left off last week, but there doesn’t seem to be anything in the videos that isn’t covered in more detail in the book. The videos are nice though because you can see everything moving which makes it easier to understand how it really works.

Right after the video, Joe Justice of Justice Aviation stopped by to talk about what his business offers. At this point the most important thing for me is the flight school. They also offer aircraft rental which is nice if I ever want to fly anywhere after becoming a real pilot. The prices were a bit higher than I expected. One great idea he suggested is to ride in the back seat while your friends are taking their lessons. It doesn’t count as flight time of course, but you can learn a lot by sitting back and watching. It was really nice of him to drop by and answer so many questions that weren’t directly related to his business. Thanks Joe!

For the rest of class we just reviewed the material from the book: classifications of aircraft; effects of flying on the human body; parts of the airplane; power, electrical, fuel systems; and instruments. Somehow JFK Jr. got mentioned and continued to popup all evening. I just don’t understand why people are so fixated on that one crash.

One of the shops at SMO is going out of business, so the instructor was helping the owner clear out some merchandise. I picked up a cheap flight computer for $7. I don’t know how long it’ll last, but I’ll be happy if it makes it through the rest of ground school.

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