With my husband flying again and loving life as he learns to wrestle “the beast” that is the mighty War Pig C-2A Greyhound into compliance, I find that with my excitement for him comes a certain green-eyed envy. It’s been months since I’ve been up in the air in anything other than a commercial jet, and it’s giving me the shakes, man. I can almost feel those perishable skills withering from lack of use; I need to get myself in the right seat again before I really do forget everything I learned about conducting a SAR mission and dazzling everyone with my G1000 mastery (okay, okay, my G1000 competency, at the very least). Time to start poking at pilots in my CAP squadron for a proficiency flight or three — preferably funded by our estimable patron in blue, the United States Air Force. Gotta stay in practice if we’re going to be of any use in an emergency, after all… oh, who am I kidding? While I absolutely do care about being as proficient as possible as a Mission Observer, I love any excuse to get up in the air.
I would be thrilled if stars aligned this year such that I could start work on my own private pilot certificate. The sticking point for me is that I want to have the time and resources to fly frequently enough (more than once a week, if at all possible) that I can progress along that learning curve without a lot of retracing my steps due to time out of the cockpit. I hear of so many people hitting the proverbial wall before they get their certificates simply because they are unable to fly regularly, whether due to scheduling conflicts or running out of ready cash. There are scholarships available through several organizations, including a few devoted to women in aviation, but most seem to require that one has at least reached a certain milestone in the training process. There’s no way I can even start until after we are settled wherever we are going to be for my husband’s first fleet squadron, and I’ll have to wait even longer if we wind up in Japan.
It will happen someday, though, even if we have to wrench those stars into alignment by force. How else will I be able to fully enjoy the kit plane we intend to build someday off in the misty future after my husband retires?