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Back to the US… again

So it has been a while since my last blog post. I’ve kept busy with my political organization, as well as planning our family trip to Portland, OR and Seattle, WA over Easter. But now I’m back in Norway and intend to stay here for a while. Until I fly somewhere else next month 🙂

Flying to Portland was awesome. I was upgraded on all flights except from the last flight coming back to Kristiansand from Copenhagen. Which I’d say is a pretty good deal. One flight in coach, that I can take 😉

Our flights were
March 25, 2013
WF262 Kristiansand-Copenhagen, Dash 8 Q400 (Business class, seat 07A)
SK943 Copenhagen-Chicago, Airbus A330-300 (Economy extra, seat 18H)

March 26, 2013
UA1585 Chicago-Portland,OR, Boeing B737-900 (EconomyPlus, seat 08A)

April 2, 2013
UA640 Portland-Chicago, Boeing 757-200 (EconomyPlus, seat 07D)
SK944 Chicago-Copenhagen, Airbus A340-300 (Business class, seat 04A)

April 3, 2013
WF277 Copenhagen-Kristiansand, Dash 8 Q400 (Economy, seat 11A)

My parents got upgraded to business class as well on SK944 from Chicago to Copenhagen and we all felt very awake and fresh as we landed in Copenhagen.

In Oregon we had a great time. We visited Salem, the state capital, drove to Seaside, drank locally brewed beers, drove around the Olympia national park, took the ferry from Kingston, WA to Edmonds, WA. Drove to Seattle. Got a little lost in the city of one-way streets but with me reading the map and navigating we got back on track. My family and I also had dinner with Karlene Petitt and her husband. We visited the Boeing Assembly Building, which is the largest building in the world by volume. The Museum of Flight on Boeing Field was also visited. I met up with a Boeing engineer who will come to Norway and work this summer, at the Museum of Flight. We had a lot of fun looking at the exhibits.

Getting our cravings for aviation satisfied for a while, we headed south to Portland via the I-5. Before the sun set, we visited the Multnomah falls. Beautiful place!
We stayed the last two nights in Portland, where we “kept it weird” 🙂 Tuesday, I met up with Alesa and had coffee before I headed to the airport.

We left Portland for Chicago and via Copenhagen, SAS took us safely home Wednesday afternoon.
See you soon again, America 🙂

– Cecilie

B787-8 pictures and currency/proficiency issue

I received an e-mail today from Karlene with the pictures from our trip to the Boeing field on Sunday, she even attached some photos she snapped on final approach into SEA, as she landed only an hour or so before Lufthansa with me onboard!

Final approach in to SEA (Seattle-Tacoma, Washington)


The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (Registration N7874) and its future PIC!


The Dreamliner – dreams, aspirations and hopes transformed into a beautiful piece of machinery.

All photos by Karlene Petitt

Now, on to the second thing I wanted to talk about. The big BIG difference between being current and proficient.

This applies to all pilots, 747 typed airline pilots and the girl who just got her private license;

Being current doesn’t mean you’re proficient!

For instrument privileges, that would mean to go up with another pilot, even though you are legal, just to get her/his point of view. Maybe s/he has some tips on how to do things differently? Learning is a part of the process it is to have a pilots license; therefore we will never stop learning!

I am instrument current as of March 20th, but I am not proficient. I guess I can only speak for my self, but it had been almost 8 months between my last and second last flight in Instrument conditions (simulated). I was not proficient at all. I was so nervous before my currency flight I could barely eat, drink or sleep. Once the “big” day arrived, my body was numb. After pre-flighting the 172 and I got comfortable in my seat (0A), the numbness disappeared, and everything fell into place. I might not have been my quickest run up and I was a little rusty with the communications, but everything else just fell into place. I did (in my opinion) an awesome crosswind take off, followed by climb out and then cruise. I did a power off stall, not very aggressive, but still. I couldn’t believe how good it felt to be back in the air after 8 months. But if I hadn’t had my instructor and friend Randy with me, I know things would probably be a little different.

So guys, if you’re current, get proficient!

Cecilie

New start for my blog

I have had this blog domain for quite some time now, I think almost 3 years now. Until now, it has been a personal blog for friends and family, but I have decided to broaden it a bit, making it more appealing to other people as well. As I am not sure how to remove my previous posts and save them somewhere on WordPress, they are still here. They are, however, in Norwegian, so you can just go ahead and try to see if you can get some sense out of them.

As you can read more about me in my profile, I don’t think I need to say much more than welcome to my blog. I hope we can all share ideas and thoughts. Feel free to comment any post you’d like. I will try to keep the updates coming, workload permitting of course.

It’s Monday today, and I spent this weekend in Seattle, Washington. Well, to say I spent the weekend is actually a major exaggeration. I only spent one night in the city, Saturday to Sunday. Saturday I spent on the plane to Seattle. Sunday to Monday I spent on the plane back to Europe. I didn’t really have time to get any jet lag, so here I am, Monday night and I can’t decide if I’m tired or not. I think I’ll go with tired, as the lines on this blog post seem to be bouncing around.

When I arrived around 2 pm local time on Saturday, I was met by Karlene and her husband. They drove me to my hotel in downtown Seattle. Once I got settled in, I went out for a walk. I ended up buying Starbucks yoghurt for dinner and a sweatshirt from North Face because I was cold and figured that would be a good idea. And it was, because the very next day, it was raining, windy and what not. I like to think that was me being pro active for once.

Saturday was also St. Patricks Day. I can’t even trace any of my relatives to Ireland, so I passed on the celebrations. Besides, I don’t think there were many non-alcoholic green drinks that night anyway.
I went to bed early, around 6 pm, woke up around midnight, fell asleep again at 2 am, woke up again at 4 am. Wonderful.

I spent Sunday mainly walking around in Seattle. I walked from my hotel to Pike Place Market, visited the first Starbucks café at 1912 Pike Place and had a coffee there. Then, I walked up to the Space Needle, bought a ticket to go on top of it. Spectacular views, even though it was kinda cloudy.

Noon approached, and I returned to my hotel to get ready and check out. Around 1.30 pm, Karlene picked me up to take me out to the airport. Very nice of her! On our way there, we stopped at the Boeing field and the Museum of Flight. We got pretty close to N7874, to say the least. Awesome experience. Even though we just drove past the Museum, it was still very neat. Next time I’ll have to spend more time there. 26 hours is simply not enough. 🙂

It is now 22.15. I am not sure how much longer I can write without having some horrible spelling errors, etc. I think I have to stop now before it gets too bad. To be continued.

And yes, just disregard my previous posts, from now on, March 19, this marks the beginning of my new blog “era”

Stay tuned!

Cecilie

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