At 5:30 a.m. Mike was out the door for his first day of school today. I tried to offer him a sack lunch and some milk money, but he declined. Ha, ha. I did, however, manage to snap a picture before he left. This is the uniform he has to wear now. I think they're called "Charlies." Is that right, Sommer? I can't keep it straight.
Today, Mike starts the first part of flight training. API, which stands for Aviation Preflight Indoctrination, is a six-week course that involves academic training in aerodynamics, engineering, air navigation, aviation physiology, and water survival, as well as physically challenging practical applications of physiology and water survival training. In other words, Mike will be subjected to scary (in my opinion) situations where he'll have to escape from drowning inside a submerged, fake aircraft. They sink the 'plane' in a pool with the pilot strapped in, and turn it upside down. I feel like I can't breath just thinking about it! He'll also get to parasail. He'll learn all sorts of survival techniques and there'll be a TON of studying to do. He'll be issued a flight suit and initial flight gear, such as a helmet, oxygen mask, and plotting aids. I'll be sure to post a picture of him in his flight suit in a few weeks!