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Random insights... - Tina Marie's Ramblings
Red hair and black leather, my favorite colour scheme...
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Random insights...
It's been an interesting week so far. I don't know why, but people have been making random insights about me.

So far this week:

My newest lurker complimented my writing - said I was coherent. I considered that quite a compliment - I do really enjoy writing, and I believe if you're going to do something you should be good at it. Just for you, I'm enabling anonymous comments again.

My boss pointed out that I'm awfully conflict-adverse. I almost said, "Well, Duh!", but I didn't want to cause trouble.

My friend Morris said, in a post to rec.aviation.piloting (more about this post later), "Tina has a charming way of planning flights: she spreads the charts over the floor, taking up all available space." Mike notices that a lot too, and I've had a background thread running for a while wondering why that is. It's a pretty-low priority thread, but it's there nonetheless.

I hate to say that my Annual Employee Review was both fair and useful this year. It was pointed out that I had a tendency to think firmly inside the box. I tend to drag my feet about learning cutting-edge technologies, preferring to wait until it looks like they're really useful before jumping in. Personally, I think this is a good thing - I see too many of my coworkers using technology just because it's New And Shiny, only to find that it really wasn't the magical solution they thought it was. But I see his point too - by staying a generation behind, I'm missing the chance to work on some of our cooler projects. I'm still debating what to do about this...but in the short-term, I think I will finally finish reading the Design Patterns book.

Sunday, I got my signoff for my glider private-pilot check ride (May 1st, 1pm!) from the chief flight instructor, who pointed out that I'd probably make a pretty good flight instructor. My first reaction to this was that I'm not ready yet - but my instructor had less then half my flight hours and probably a 10th of my real experience. I've found myself doing more and more informal teaching lately, whether it's helping out the soaring club newbies, or teaching Morris how to get from FL to NY around the weather (his trip report, to which I don't have much to add, is here and here). I like sharing The Joy Of Aviation with people, whether they're new to it or experienced pilots. And, yes, I'm proud of the skills I've acquired, and I enjoy helping other people acquire them, because I do believe a better-educated pilot is a safer pilot. I think with a bit more training, I just might make a reasonably good flight instructor.

So, Tina's 1-year plan:

  • Take my private-pilot glider checkride May 1.

  • Take the instrument written exam (before the end of May).

  • Get Michael's glider annualed (I'd like to have this done in May, but realistically it'll be the middle of June).

  • Spend the summer weekends soaring one day and working on my instrument rating the other.

  • Take my private-pilot instrument practical early in the fall.

  • Spend the winter on the commercial glider rating/glider flight instructor rating.

  • Take my glider flight instructor practical in the spring, just in time for the new batch of students.


We'll see how it goes. Somewhere in there I've got to fit the Tripacer annual, but it should be easy this year (that's the aviation version of "the check's in the mail' or "I'm on the pill").

I feel like it's New Year's or something. Where did I put that party hat?

Current Mood: pleased pleased

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From: ex_inviolet697 Date: April 14th, 2004 09:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Tina's 10-year plan:

  • Each year, profess intention to complete the instrument rating, but when the time comes, get bogged down in other ratings and in the Tripacer annual.



  • alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: April 15th, 2004 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Debian?

    Maybe you'd like Debian as a Linux distro then. Debian Stable is about a generation behind the cutting edge, but stable by name, stable by nature (and apt rocks).
    alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: April 15th, 2004 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    ...gliders

    Oh yes, and talking of gliders, I'm buying a share in a really nice Ka-8. Factory new condition sort of nice. Very good glider for where I live, when we have 2 knots up, it's booming conditions, and a 20km cross country is considered a long flight :-) (Soaring is seriously fun here because of the challenge of merely staying aloft! Low saves are rather frequent, but we do quite well at not landing out).

    Hope you get to fly the HP-11, wish I'd had the chance to fly it more often, but Coulter was a bit far and half the time the tow plane was away. I did enjoy the flights I got in it. It is a bit of a challenge to take off and land, but it can't be anywhere near as tricky as the Starduster (for a start, you can see where you're going). You just have to be prepared to stop it 'kiting' on aerotow due to its compromise hitch, and follow the normal rules of a taildragger (also, beware of PIO, the control surfaces are very effective when you get up to the tow plane's flying speed). The HP-11 isn't a bad XC machine (well, from my limited experience anyway).
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