the snow came, my instructor traveled
a lot, the plane broke down for three
months, spring storms came, then my
work travels increased just as good summer weather arrived. I squeezed in flights
whenever possible, but it was far from the
three flights a week I had imagined in an
The sense of accomplish-
ment and satisfaction
is directly proportional
to the challenge.
Eventually I was ready for my checkride
in late July, which if you work at EAA is like
most retailers’ Black Friday. I took my
checkride only hours before the Oshkosh
NOTAM went into effect for AirVenture.
Despite the additional stress and distrac-
tions, I passed. Whew.
Most people would’ve thrown in the towel
at that point, but these aviators were determined to reach the finish line, no matter the
obstacles—even if it meant booking another
trip to Wisconsin the following week.
Fast-forward a couple months and I was
with Jeff again as he worked on yet another
rating, this time a second-in-command type
rating in a DC- 7. Because of schedules,
maintenance needs, and a three-hour fuel
stop at sunset (it takes that long to load
2,000 gallons of 100LL onto a vintage airliner), Jeff didn’t start his checkride until
11 p.m. Watching the full Florida moon
make laps over us and seeing the Everglades
underneath, I knew Jeff had to be exhausted
as he took the plane through a series of
steep turns and stalls. He didn’t fly like it,
though. He pushed through, finished
strong, and earned another rating sometime
in the wee hours of the next morning.
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