December 22nd Preflight training: Due to the weather being less than cooperative yesterday we rescheduled the training and flight for today. Even though the rain was still a couple hours away, we thought we'd be able to get at least a small flight in after going over some ground information. The flight was scheduled for noon and I usually leave a half an hour early just to relax and hang out at the FBO(fixed base operator) for a few minutes before Mike is ready for me. Around 1100 Mike gives me a call and we get to talking about the weather, that it's good enough to fly in, but the training he wants to do requires a little more altitude than we can get to. Since we'd only be flying around 1500 feet we decided to make a ground training day out of it and leave the flying for tomorrow.
Today Mike wanted to cover a couple of things before he headed to work at NetJets. Topic 1 was very short, "Required documents needed for flight". And this can be summarized in the acronym "A.R.R.O.W".
A - Air Worthiness Certificate
R - Registration
R - Radio License (if traveling out side of the U.S.)
O - Operating Hand Bood
W - Weight and Balance
The other topic he wanted to cover was what you look for when you're about to fly. Every time you go up you must do a "PreFlight Inspection" before you fly. We covered what you need to look for, what all the antenna's are, how to check the oil, fuel and other miscellaneous parts. It was a pretty quick lesson, about a half hour in all. Even though we didn't fly I still had a ton of fun learning and just being out there. Then I got home, and checked if the weather had improved, it got worse and I made it home just in time.
1.8 Hours down and a lifetime to learn