Thursday, October 11, 2007


Hi my friends!! I passed TK!!!!

You have no idea what a relief that is! There has been dread about TK since I first got here. I got a 100 on the closed and the open book tests! We lost one person after the open book test (there are no re-takes) so that was pretty sad. Then we did scenarios in the 767 mock up and it is one that actually rocks and rolls and simulates crashing. It was the whole class. Fun! Then we all had to jump down the 767 slide (we all look like we are in parish prison - see the pics with the jumpsuits!!!). After lunch we had our oxygen pc (where we were tested on administering oxygen). Then we had our three doors. I had to open the 737, the 767, and the 747. The 737 door is the only manual door there is, I knew I'd end up with it. Anyhow, we have to sit in the jump seat while they crash us and we have to do an emergency evac. Anyhow, the process is (while you are saying specific commands) to alert the cockpit then assess the conditions out the door then open the door and protect yourself by hanging on to either a handle or your straps on the jumpseat and then pull the manual inflation handle. OK, so for this stupid door you have to push it all the way out until it latches against the plane and while it's opening you have to grab the handle to protect yourself from getting pushed out of the plane by passengers. Well... the damn door is freaking heavy, I opened the door with both hands and pushed with both hands, as it opened I moved my left hand to the jumpseat straps and then the door came flying back at me. So, since my had was protecting me already, I couldn't move it or I'd fail the door so I had to open the door with one hand and shove it all the way open. It smashed my hand, but I did it. My instructor was impressed, but I was freaked out. You get 1 retake for a door, but I wasn't going to go through that! Other than that it was an adrenaline rush and a half. We lost one more class member at the doors. That really sucked. When we got back to the training center all of our supervisors and the JFK class (that actually graduated today-Thurs) were lined up cheering for us. It was pretty cool. Then we had to change into uniforms for appearance checks. From now on we are in uniform.

Today I had my second training flight. Richard and I went to Charlotte, NC. It was quick and fun. We had a great crew! We did the demo and the service. I am exhausted but that's ok. Tomorrow we have class from 7 to 4:30 and then we are off Saturday and have class starting Sunday through Tues because on Wed I leave for Narita!! Yes, my international flight! Wish me luck. Enjoy the pictures!!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Okay, I am tired and ready to graduate! We have been in TK since last Monday and we have today (Sunday) and tomorrow off. We go back to TK Tues & Wed. Wed is emergency procedures testing day. I am pretty confident about my emergency door opening PC and I am still studying my immediate actions (they are emerg procedures that have to be memorized). We actually have 6 tests on Wednesday. Class is from 6:30 am 'til 3pm. We have to leave the training center at 6am.... It's rough. I know, poor me!

On Thursday I have my second domestic training flight. I am going to Charlotte, NC. So exciting.... and I am going to Narita, Japan for my international flight. I leave Wed, 10/17, it's a 12 hour flight, we cross the international date line (going backwards, weird) and we have a 22 hour layover there and 12 hours back. I'm not much into Oriental stuff, so I guess this is cool since I probably won't be going back (at least not by choice). What the heck do I get as a souvenir?

I start week 5 tomorrow (even though I am off) and I have about 2 1/2 weeks left!! They are really going by pretty fast. John came in yesterday (after TK, of course) and it was such as nice change. It took a little while to change hats from studious student to fiance', and now I am homesick and I see the dreariness in my home away from home. Not that I didn't see it before it'sI just feel it like it's new dreary. Oh, well.

Hey y'all (ya like that??) I graduate on 10/25. Put it on your calandars! I am coming home in 18 days!!!!!! Talk to you again soon!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007