I hope this post finds everyone safe and sound. Next week, I will have another post from R.L. but this week I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
The past month has been stressful for me personally. Training is designed to be difficult and I am reminded of this fact on a daily basis. The airplane is really simple, the Flight Management System is straightforward, and electronic display systems greatly enhance situational awareness. My issues with the program is that it has been shortened to the smallest footprint allowed by the FAA. One of the reasons the FAA agreed to allow FedEx to shorten the program is because they assume that 90% of all the students will have previous experience with modern aircraft.
I have minimal experience at best and my Captain has even less. He spent 16 years on the 727 and I spent 10. We are progressing in spite of our lack of experience and there is no doubt that ultimately we will figure everything out. But in the short term, it has been a bear to learn. We are constantly fighting the urge to turn off the automation and hand fly the airplane. We are getting there with a learning curve that is nearly vertical. But it is still like drinking from a fire hose.
But no matter how tough the program gets, I will keep the big picture in view. I am still getting a paycheck, I am walking on the right side of the dirt, and there is no barbwire separating me from my family. I and my family are blessed beyond measure, I hope you all can find something to give thanks for this week.
Until next time keep on rockin.