First Dual Instruction Hour


Hi All,

I survived my first hour of dual instruction! It was a bit more nerve racking than I anticipated. I have had past experience flying the airplane from the right seat with family members, growing up with a family chuckfulla aviators. The cockpit is as familiar of an environment for me as your bedroom. People often are confused in the cockpit at first from all the stimuli whirling around you and cramming through all your senses. That wasn’t what was so nerve racking to me, since I understood what was going  on, and it was just the usual. What made me so fidgety was now it was like drivers training with my mom all over again! Now my passenger is just breathing down my neck ready to pounce on every single wrong move I could possible make!

Kidding! In all honesty, that was not the case AT ALL… My instructor is very friendly, and what you might call, an ol’ timer, which I respect him for. I noticed very quickly that he has a fantastic reservoir of knowledge that he is more than willing to share, especially if you ask 😉 The environment wasn’t hostile like I say at all, that is just how it felt compared to flying with the family, which can be too friendly… Just the feeling that somebody is now watching for errors, when he says set your heading to 270, I suddenly can’t find the  hiding in plain sight heading indicator. By the end of the hour I was perfectly fine however (composure wise).

Unfortunately, we were dodging storms, so I didn’t have time to take a nice cheesy picture of my first dual instruction with an excessive, perhaps overexcited grin… Instead, I posted a picture with my slick new FMA shirt, which makes up for my ugly face 😉 next to my newly built 1/2 Volkswagen Ultralight engine. I know, unrelated, but I had to share it since I spent the last year building it from scratch, and tend to be quite a bit proud of the ol’ girl. If you are wondering, “what do you mean 1/2?!” Just look it up, it is half of a 4 cylinder (now 2) aircooled volkswagen engine converted for ultralight aircraft. It will be running soon, so if anyone would like to see a video of that, I suppose I can figure out how to post that somehow…

FMA Swag

Hello all! My package of FMA Swag arrived in the mail a couple days ago. WOW! What great stuff! I couldn’t stop finding prizes in all the pockets and crevices! Most of the FMA Swag is in the picture. There were a multitude of little things like pens, flashdrives, stickers,  etc. All that stuff is scattered and put to use already, so I decided to save the hour and keep them at their duty post. This stuff is Great! I’ve worn three of the five hats around so far. (FYI, I am the kind of person who picks one comfortable ball cap, and wears it not only until you can’t see what it says from oil and dirt stains, but until it basically reincarnates to the dust of the earth:) ). All these hats fit darn well too! So I have been wearing them, and 2 out of the three times, I have been asked by multiple people what the deal is with the social upset of me changing hats, which then gives me an opportunity to explain the FMA! Who woulda thought?! So thanks for the ice breaker, plus the cultural diversity, which some people say I could use more of ;).

As of right now I am wrapping up high school, and starting work at the airport June 5th with a job description of “whatever needs to be done type of handyman,” which if I must say, is my specialty :). Until next post, I’ll wrap it up by saying I can’t put into words how exited I am for this summer! Not only getting paid to be at an airport, but to also take to the skies!

Talk soon!

Aaron Smokovitz