We just finished our third week of basics and I can confidently say its been the longest/quickest week of my life. You know what I mean right? The day seems to drag but then you rest your eyes for a moment and the next thing you know it’s Friday. Well that’s exactly what happened. We blasted through some 15 lessons and I’m about to start week 4. The time has been weird here and we’re in our own academy bubble. You eat sleep breathe air traffic control, airspace, airspeed, aircraft, air navigation, navigational aids, navaid frequencies, ultra high frequencies, low frequencies, low altitude en route charts, I could go on forever…
Instead, I’ll take the occasional mental break and dream of finishing basics. In two weeks we’ll take our 140 question exam, a pass or fail golden ticket to the elusive “across the street” locale. Officially named after Thomas P. Stafford but who reads visitor orientation pamphlets… Anyway, I’m nervous-anxious for that because each test there will be scored and part of ‘grade.’ Unlike our weekly basics block tests which are geared to show us where we’re at, across the street we’re told to hang on to every point we can get. To pass you’re required a 70% but there are horror stories of students failing with 69.93% And the stories only get more unfortunate, amplifying our self doubt and multiplying the what-if scenarios in our heads. And whilst my mini anxiety attack down the Stafford rabbit hole, I sometimes remember to take a deep breath and relax 😜
On a fun note, I bought a bicycle!
Talk to you soon from across the street 🙋🏻♀️