Friday, July 14, 2006

First Day of [Flight] School

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!

7 comments:

Chad and Sommer Tucker said...

How cute! All dressed up for the first day of school. Have no worries Casey, Mike will have no problems with any that stuff they make them do.

Marge and Brent said...

I'm with you Casey, I am claustrophobic just reading this post. Ha Ha. And I can't wait to see pictures in the flight suit! Glad to see everything is going well and we wish Mike the best of luck in school. Brent finishes his school next week and can't wait. For the record, I think Mike should have taken the lunch with him.

Sara said...

Aww....too cute! Best of luck with the newest phase of the journey!

Kim said...

I saw a movie about flight school and yes, I vote scary too about escaping from being trapped underwater upside-down. More power to you, Mike!! Thanks for being so brave! Don't think about it Casey; you need to keep calm over these next few weeks. You have your own challenge coming up, but at least it doesn't involve being upside-down underwater!!

Brandon & Carolyn Schroder said...

Good luck Mike. You’ll do great! I think the Stafford wives are in agreement... Never ever would you get me in a plane underwater to practice getting out... Fear of Drowning- check.

Mom said...

Good luck Mike. I know you will do just fine. As always we are very proud of you. Casey, the picture of Mike is very artistic. I like that. See you soon. Take care.

Lori said...

How exciting!!! I look forward to updates.