Thursday, April 05, 2007

Appointment with the FAA made

Rang the FAA's FSDO office in Oakland to make an appointment in order for them to issue my FAA PPL licence when I get to the U.S.

It seems a pretty straightforward, albeit lenghty, affair. We (Matt and I) had to send off a letter (and pay a fee for the privilege) to the CAA to allow them release our details to the FAA. Then we had to send a form to the FAA asking them to verify our licences so that when we get to the U.S. we go to the FSDO office, show them our logbooks, passports and licences and get issued a American FAA licence.

I was a little worried because when I rang them up last week they hadn't received my application details from their head office in Kansas, but everything seems to be sorted now and the appointment is made for the 3rd at 13:00 PST. That's one step closer to our big adventure.

Only 27 more days until Matt and I are on the "Big Blue Bird" with KLM quaffing "Bolly" and chatting up the hostesses about how we're also pilots. Hahaha. I cannot wait.

Making trails in the sky

I was working from home today and I noticed this plane flying towards me and then turn suddenly onto a new heading. Then the phone rang and when I looked back out the window, I had noticed that the plane was doing a 180 and clearly returning from wherever it had come from. I've never seen that happen before, so I snapped a pic on the camera and thought I'd share it with you all.
Something is clearly wrong that has necessitated them having to turn right around, I only hope it wasn't too serious and that they've all landed safely.