Random Days

Some days, when I’m outside in the lane way checking tyres, or taking pictures of rims for Gumtree, I see VH-IDW flying overhead. Victor 65, the VFR route that takes helicopters in a loop around Perth’s city centre, ends overhead Herdsman lake, which is basically across the road from the shop. I always look up, and wonder how much I have forgotten about helicopters, since finishing my theory exams.

“I’ll be flying then”

I’m pretty sure I will have to reread at least some of the material we covered back then. I’m hoping it will be like a language you haven’t spoken in a while. You seem oblivious to what is being said at first, but all of a sudden you remember one word, then the next, then another, and before you know it you’re back to the level you thought you should be.

I haven’t told people at work yet about my aspirations to become a commercial helicopter pilot. At my interview I was asked where I saw myself in 5 years. “I’ll be flying then” was what I was thinking, but I didn’t say that. I said something about being in management again, which I guess does not exclude managing a helicopter in flight. I just wanted to get the job, and not have them doubt investing time and effort in training me. In hindsight, I probably should have just said what I was thinking. Regardless of what I think would have been better, I will still tell them when I actually start flying. I’ll be too excited not to tell everybody then anyway I’m sure.

abrasive hand cleaners

I wanted to write a bit about people and their cars actually. In particular the way they take care of their cars, or in some case the lack of care taken. I think my top three of most disgusting items found in vehicles so far is topped by the storage space in the driver’s side door being stuffed with used tissues. Followed by left over apple cores, long forgotten under the front seat, only to be discovered by me sliding back the seat to get in. And a mysteriously sticky steering wheel, thank god we have abrasive hand cleaners in the workshop.

I understand you can’t clean out your car when you are unlucky enough to have a flat tyre on the go, but if you are booked in, at least take the trash out of your car. It doesn’t have to be dealership clean, or all organized and tidy, but at least throw your sweaty sneakers in the backseat, instead of having them lodged between the pedals. The only real excuse I have come across so far was the dude who was actually living in his car. Although an air-freshner would have gone a long way in that vehicle.

Further more, I have finally managed to completely take over the middle computer. This to great relieve of my lower back, since the middle computer is on a higher desk than the computers out front. Perhaps this makes me less of a right-hand man to the manager, but I have no real aspirations to rise within the business anyway. I just want to do my job satisfactory, and then go home at the end of the day.

This is a new way of dealing with work for me, and it makes most days very random, yet all the same. Weeks are flying past, and I feel like I’m just waiting for the next adventure in life, which will come sooner than later I’m sure. Perhaps I should learn to treasure these tranquil times more.

a decisive end to summer

Autumn has made its entrance in style last night. Heavy thunderstorms with severe lightning all over South Western Australia and the Greater Perth Region marked a decisive end to summer. It has been raining on and off all day today. I can’t really force myself to watch the news here. Compared to the Dutch news, it is either amateurish, or too sensational. Therefore I solely rely on the weather forecast for Perth International Airport.

Using the NAIPS app and my ARN (aviation reference number) I can see the real-time weather reports for any airport within Australia. Aerodrome reports are valid from ground level up to 5000ft altitude, and in a radius of 5 nautical miles from the centre of an aerodrome. Osborne Park is just about 5 nm from Perth Airport, so it is not only the most recent, but also the most accurate weather report I can get my hands on. And, perhaps more importantly, it keeps me trained in reading METARS, TAF’s and TFF’s, if anything else.

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