Thursday, August 01, 2013

Wow, has it really been two months since my last post? 

Things have gotten fairly hectic here. Nolan is walking and talking and starting to really spool up. He's not a baby any more, he's a little boy, complete with everything that little boyhood brings.  He's 21 months old and precocious as hell, which means he's discovered tantrums. Hopefully he'll grow out of them sooner rather than later - when he completely loses his mind ("No, you can't play in the oven" etc) it's quite fearsome. The flipside is he has decided that he's ready for potty training, which is great.

Oh, and we have added more aircraft to our roster. We have 5 now, spread over 3 different types. My current project is getting our latest aircraft approved - it's a new type for us and substantially larger than the rest of them.  That part isn't really relevant other than it travels longer distances and to more distant locations. I have no interest in getting trained on it - I'd rather leave the weeklong trips to South America or Europe to someone else so I can be home at night.  With 8 full-time and several part-time pilots, I'm now generally able to make the schedule suit my needs - one of the few perks of being Ops Manager :)

 Wanna guess the type?  I'll give you some vague, frustrating clues.  It's older, it has 10 passenger seats and it grosses out at about 31,000 lbs. For those of you who just Googled the weight, It's not a C-47 Skytrain, nor is it a Harrier Jumpjet :)  Also, this version has Garrett engines.


Capt. Schmoe said...

I'm gonna go with Lear 31.

It sounds like your employer has vision and is committed to corporate aviation. You are most fortunate to have found such a position.

Savor each minute with your son, before you know it he will be grown and gone.

Thanks for the update.

Mark Culshaw said...

My guess is a Falcon 20
- older - check
- 10 pax - check
- 31,000lb GW - close

I trolled around the net trying to find something and this was the best I could get.

Dan Charles said...

Falcon 50
-older - check
-10 pax - tight, but check
-31,000 lbs - close
-garrett engines - check

either that or a Hawker 800

Andrew P said...

Falcon 200 - Improved variant of Falcon 20 powered by two Garrett ATF3-6A-4C turbofan engines and with higher fuel capcity.

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Anonymous said...

Closer to a year now. That rug rat is taking up too much time.

Dr Bob Matthews said...

I'm sad that you don't blog anymore: I've enjoyed your posts, so a 'thank you' and I hope everything's OK with you and yours.


Dr Bob (In England)