October 3, 2006

Its been a while! So far being an instructor has been a lot of work, however this experience has been good and I have learned quite a bit. There is a lot of pressure on me as an instructor to train my students above standard. Throw in the military and my personal life, the work never stops. Sometimes I wonder if this is really what it’s going to be like until I stop working. Well I’ll soon find out.

The days are becoming more routine. Wake up at 5:00am; get to work by 6:00am. I’m in the air 15 minutes later training my students. I have roughly 4 to 5 activities per day, 5 or 6 days a week. Sometimes the longest break in between flights is 2 minutes all day. Your body begins to adjust to it though. After a day of flying and being in the office, I’m home by 6:00pm. After that I run and go to the gym for about 2 hours. By the time I finish all that and eat dinner, its time to go to sleep and do it all again! On the weekends I am training with my infantry unit. For those readers that don’t know, I am a combat medic with Delta 1/124th Infantry.

As far as the flying part of my life goes, it’s pretty simple. However everything else is complicated. My deployment is getting closer and closer. I am getting great offers from the military to fly. I ask myself all the time if I should deploy and take the 18 months off from flying, or go to flight training for the military and miss my chance to be in combat with my friends in Delta? I want to move to Tampa Bay because I’m getting into a serious relationship; however there is not that much work over there for full time pilots. I have student loans to pay, and the holidays are coming up. I have a lot to think about but I’m not to worried. The training and education I received puts me a step ahead of my friends and peers so I know my future is secure.

I still think I have the best job in the world. You will not find a place that is more structured and challenging, yet caring and rewarding, than ERAU. You are put to the test every day and only the strong survive!

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Adam

About Adam

Age: 23
Hometown: Washington Township, NJ
Adam recently graduated from Embry-Riddle and is currently working as a flight instructor on the Daytona Beach campus. Like many flight students, he's beginning his career by building flight hours in preparation for an airline job. Read about his first pilot job and flight instruction from the teacher's point of view in this journal.

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