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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 10:33 AM
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6. I had a student like that.
Back in the 60s I instructed army student pilots in instrument and multi-engine at Ft. Rucker, AL.
It was a civilian contract job.

I had this one guy who just did not have (and could not get) a clue about flying. I tried everything I could think of to get it across to him. It was just damned hopeless.

I asked him why he was in flight school.
"The extra hundred bucks a month I get for flight pay."
I told him that I was sorry, but that he was in the wrong business for the wrong reason.

He failed every one of his check rides and was 'washed back' to the next class. He was still in the program when I left for TWA.
The Viet Nam war was in full crank and NOBODY seemed to wash out of the program. They needed the warm bodies.
I often wonder what happened to him.
If they gave him his wings, I'm sure he didn't last long.
Wonder how many he took with him?

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  -Stories From the Road: Trucking School Droopy  Mar-08-09 07:11 AM   #0 
  - Great story, Droopy!  Heidi   Mar-08-09 07:27 AM   #1 
  - Thank you  Droopy   Mar-08-09 07:38 AM   #2 
     - .  Heidi   Mar-08-09 07:41 AM   #3 
  - Man, your class washout rate was a lot higher than mine.  trof   Mar-08-09 10:05 AM   #4 
  - Thanks, trof  Droopy   Mar-08-09 10:12 AM   #5 
     - I had a student like that.  trof   Mar-08-09 10:33 AM   #6 
  - Another great story Droopy.  Callalily   Mar-08-09 11:29 AM   #7 
  - Thanks  Droopy   Mar-08-09 01:27 PM   #10 
  - I remember those days.  littlebit   Mar-08-09 11:41 AM   #8 
  - I hear you  Droopy   Mar-08-09 01:32 PM   #11 
     - I went to the Schneider school in Charlotte.  littlebit   Mar-08-09 06:09 PM   #18 
  - Reccomended... great story. nt  Lost in CT   Mar-08-09 11:47 AM   #9 
  - Thank you very much for the rec.  Droopy   Mar-08-09 01:33 PM   #12 
  - Thanks for the great story!  av8rdave   Mar-08-09 02:18 PM   #13 
  - You're welcome. Thanks for reading.  Droopy   Mar-08-09 10:15 PM   #25 
  - My dear Droopy!  CaliforniaPeggy   Mar-08-09 03:15 PM   #14 
  - Thanks Peggy  Droopy   Mar-08-09 10:17 PM   #26 
  - This reminded me of something  Oeditpus Rex   Mar-08-09 03:18 PM   #15 
  - Hahahahaha!  Droopy   Mar-08-09 10:21 PM   #27 
  - Neat story!  mwooldri   Mar-08-09 04:49 PM   #16 
  - Thanks Mark  Droopy   Mar-08-09 10:24 PM   #28 
  - Last time I went to MATS, I talked to a JB recruiter.  Ikonoklast   Mar-08-09 05:59 PM   #17 
  - Damn, that's almost as much fun as listening to pilots talk.  trof   Mar-08-09 06:15 PM   #19 
  - Listening to the Disney Channel on the CB can be challenging to decipher  Ikonoklast   Mar-08-09 06:32 PM   #21 
     - I just was able to remember. The word I was searching for was 'jargon'.  trof   Mar-08-09 06:42 PM   #22 
        - That reminds me of a buddy of mine who is an EMT.  littlebit   Mar-08-09 06:55 PM   #24 
  - Thanks Ikonoklast  Droopy   Mar-08-09 10:57 PM   #31 
  - Meant to say: I cut truckers a LOT of slack on the road.  trof   Mar-08-09 06:24 PM   #20 
  - We appreciate it, trof  Droopy   Mar-08-09 10:28 PM   #29 
     - I think about a blowout every time I pass an 18 wheeler.  trof   Mar-09-09 03:23 PM   #32 
  - I'm glad I took a minute to read this  Haole Girl   Mar-08-09 06:45 PM   #23 
     - Yes, it is a good feeling  Droopy   Mar-08-09 10:29 PM   #30 

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