Saturday, June 26, 2010

it's about time...

Finally, after waiting nearly 2 months in Florida, 4 months in Indiana, and 16 years since I first had the dream to fly for the military, I am starting Naval Flight School this Monday, June 28. This is the first portion of flight school, called Aviation Preflight Indoctrination. As the name says, API is the classroom portion where the basics are taught, before you get in the plane. Here is a general list of what is taught in this classroom portion of school:

-Aircraft Systems and Engines
-Aviation Weather
-Air Navigation
-Flight Rules and Regulations

Beyond those topics, we will learn land and water survival, with lots of swimming and other physiology elements such as altitude chamber and something affectionately called the "spin-and-puke."

The curse out of the blessing of starting now is the high attrition the Navy is going through right now. The Navy is over-manned as a whole, and this includes students going through flight school. This means the standards to pass are extremely high right now; I must attain near-perfect test grades to continue in my career. So as I go forward into these 6 weeks of "drinking from a fire hose," trying to assimilate large amounts of knowledge, please wish me luck and be thinking of me.


  1. Disney week was the best. Good luck Ryan. We're praying for you.

  2. So excited for you Ryan!!

    Good luck!