Charles W. Posted August 29, 2005 Report Share Posted August 29, 2005 Well gang its 2 A.M. and I woke up and couldn't get back to sleep so here I am on the lap top again and thought I may as well give you an update on my summer. Last week I had my six month medical done in Amsterdam and it was quite a bit more in depth than a Canadian one, no less than three doctors probed me to determine if I can still see lightening and hear thunder. By the way it is also more expensive here, paid 218 Euro ( $ 3.20.00 Canadian ) actually my employeer paid. I offered them one thousand Euro each if they could fail me so I could get the f.. out of aviation but alas when it was all over I left depressed and discouraged as they had signed my license as class I and I am stuck with being a pilot for another six months. Had my best airshow yet this year on Saturday, for the first time we were parked as a ground display and not in the flying display so I just wandered around eating free food and free drinks as that is one of the perks of being in the airdisplay crew portion of the airshows. The airdisplay sector of flying is really quite a different part of aviation as you get to form friendships with people who like gypsies go from airshow to airshow and we sort of become a disfunctional family with the usual colection of charachters some nice and some classic as.holes just like every other group. One of the nicest guys is from Turkey and he flys a really exotic biplane that looks like a Pitts but is really a one of a kind that has mindblowing performance, it even has spades on the rudder. He hauls it all over Europe in a big tractor trailer rig that cost him over $250.000 USD. He was really looking foward to his next airshow in England as it will be his last for this year, he did eighty shows this season...poor bas..rd is really ready to see the end of his season. The real highlight of that show was I got to see my first Grumman 7F7 Tiger Cat and watch it perform, what an awsome airplane. I also am counting down the days as we have one more big public apperance to fly on friday where they are closing the biggest harbour in the world so we can land right down town Rotterdam and drop off the Mayor and his flunkies for some big gong show that politicians love so much.....I can't believe the B.S. that is required with all the paperwork and rules that we have to comply with just to do one landing and take off, we even have to do a practice landing and drop off on thursday so they can get everything all planned for the TV and all that stuff on friday. It should prove interesting as there is a very big bridge that we have to approach over and they are all worked up worrying that I might fly into the f.ckin thing...I want to quit flying but not by flying into some **** bridge in down town Rotterdam. Anyhow for what it is worth there is an update on my summer and by this next time next week I will be back home...if I don't fly into the bridge... :up: The Reverend Chas W. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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