Ground School: Week 8

This week was technically spring break, so instead of going to class, we toured the Hawthorne Flight Service Station. It was about what I expected: a very dated building with consoles for people to sit at and answer the phone/radio. They had a mix of very old looking computer terminals (they must have been at least 20 years old!), and modern PCs. They showed us how they give standard weather briefings, and what happens when you call up on the radio. We also covered the process for what happens if you forget to close your flight plan (from them making some phone calls to search and rescue). The best part is that it put the whole process into perspective. Sometimes a book just doesn’t cut it.