Smoke Now

23/11/2018 Posted by admin

Hello everyone and thanks for joining me at From the Cockpit. First off, I’d like to thank Global Regina for allowing me this opportunity to represent the Canadian Forces Snowbirds to my fellow Canadians through their website. The intention behind this blog is to serve as a continuation of Global Reginas “Becoming Snowbird 6”. While the team is developing here in Moose Jaw you can expect to read a summary of the weeks training. This will include any significant milestones the team has made and any personal objective I’ve reached. Then when the team progresses into the 2011 show season, I’d like to share where I’ve been, where I’m going and any stories that would give you an insight to some of my experience as Snowbird 6.

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As far as this week goes, today was the first time that we’ve flown a 9 plane formation trip in nearly a week. What I find challenging is that it doesn’t take long for the “rust” to set in. Especially at this stage in our training it’s important to have consistent training days. We’re slowly putting together all the different formations into one complete show. Flying multiple sequences doesn’t happen in a few flights. Just to give a little perspective we’re on trip 62 of 100. We take about an hour to brief because when we step to the jets it’s essential that there aren’t any doubts about what training will happen. Once we’re airborne, there is no pause button for us to stop everything.

This week is also noteworthy since the team is conducting tryouts for the 2012 season. What many don’t know is that prospective team members are selected by their peers. It was this time last year that I went through this process. It seems like a long time ago but I vividly remember that it was one of the most stressful times in my life. That being said, over the next week or so we’ll know who’s going to be a Snowbird starting 2012.

Until next time.

Snowbird 6 out

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