Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Our son Ben has long dreamed of being an airline pilot. He made that decision when he was 7 years old, after his first flight experience on a family vacation to California. He graduated from the Purdue University Professional Flight program in 2013. Even with that degree, he still had to find a way to amass 1000+ hours of flying experience before he could apply at an airline. He took a job with Air America Flight Services for about 18 months, doing aerial surveying and imaging. When he passed the 1000 hour mark, he left AA to apply for a pilot job at Republic Airlines. He was hired in June, and spent the weeks of late June and all of July in specific training in Indianapolis and St. Louis. He is now certified to operate an Embraer 175.
On Monday of this week, Ben began his work as a pilot. He began his day in Pittsburgh, and the first flight took him to Miami. Subsequently, he flew to the Bahamas and back to Miami to end the day’s work. What a day’s work, huh?
He is the “First Officer”, and under the direction of an experienced Captain. This Captain supervised Ben as he performed the take-offs and landings. Ben will continue many months as a First Officer, gaining the necessary experience before he can be promoted to Captain.
Ben is now living his dream! Congratulations, Ben!
In farm news:
John is out this morning, flying the Phantom 2 to check on the uniformity and health of the nearby corn fields.
I have plans to mow today, but we had some sprinkles this morning. Hopefully, it’ll be dry by afternoon.
I have been doing some cost analysis of 2016 wheat production. It is a necessary step to determine if we will plant a wheat crop next month for June 2016 harvest. We will compare our cost per bushel to the expected price.
Yesterday, it was an afternoon to run the bush hog to make some roadsides look better.