|Evening in Arizona - getting ready to fly.|
So I'm back from my schooling back east, I've had my check ride and now I'm a Standards Instructor for non rated crew members. This means I can train crew chiefs and gunners, and perform evaluations on them as well as other instructors. After talking with the other instructors I decided that Wednesday will be my night to fly. While National Guard is known for the whole one weekend a month thing, in aviation we do quite a bit more to maintain our currency, to the point of routinely doubling the normal schedule. So in addition to our drill weekends and annual training periods, we as a unit generally fly three nights a week. The instructors split these nights up to make sure training is available as needed.