Thursday, February 11, 2010
In the mean time I had started working to earn my civilian fixed wing certified flight instructor rating. Having spent a considerable amount of money for the course I wanted to make sure to finish and pass before leaving for my deployment. After a fews off due to weather, and what seemed like the longest like the longest series of tests both for the oral and flight portion I passed my CFI check-ride on 3 February. Which was one night after passing my Army Annual Blackhawk check-ride. As you can imagine a stressful 24 hours. The attached picture is of me after landing and returning from my CFI check-ride. Pretty exciting accomplishment, and most likely the last time that I will fly any aircraft, helicopter or airplane, for the next year.
Now the last thing I need to worry about is my house. Similar to my last deployment, my house will be my biggest stress. For the last several months I have had it on the market, with no movement. In the last week I hired a property management firm to attempt to rent it out while I'm gone, as locking the doors and walking away from a house in North Minneapolis is not an option. Before I leave for my deployment I will need to pack everything into a storage building, I'm hoping that I'll be able to find some external help, with strong backs for moving all of my stuff.