Aug 13, 2019 – Night Update

This blog and others like it represent the updates I’ve been sending to my teammates as I go through the training required to get a type rating in the Gulfstream G280 corporate jet. These are intended to help them understand how the training is structured, and be even more prepared than I was.

Evening Guys,

First up. Mike J. – I know that Mike L (our PM) thinks sharing these updates with everyone might be a good idea. I’m not going to do that because that would be a bit arrogant of me. I am the least qualified person to be telling experienced jet pilots how to do their jobs. FOLS: Fear of looking Stupid. I have to work with these people later. I’ll send him a copy of this to let him know.
I feel like I can share this information with you two because I trust that you’ll ignore what you already know, forgive my transgression, but maybe grab a tidbit or two to settle your nerves. Neither of you would hesitate to tell me if I’ve gone off the reservation either.
I feel it is my obligation to promote the team and to keep my friends from experiencing anything negative that can be avoided. I don’t want you to work as hard as I do in these events. Note that I haven’t slept more than 6 hours a night all week, and it’s exhausting. Huge FOF: Fear of Failure.
IMO – FlightSafety would have a better G280 experience if someone meet us at DFW and mentored us through this process from the start. There is no reason not to pre-train incoming instructors on what to expect, and then use them as embedded trainers inside the course. The instructors I had so far could certainly use your help, and the relationships we build with clients that way would be invaluable. That isn’t cheating – that is just smart education. *** On the other hand – FlightSafety has been doing this for a long time and they know how to make instructors. From my perspective, my life would have been easier with the approach I suggested.
I’ve asked Mike L for the DTS to be installed for the Wilmington instructors. He says our IT department is looking into it.
I spent just 2 hours with Perry and learned more in that time than an 8 hour day in performance class. No kidding. Our (Wilmington) incoming instructors should be mentored. I look forward to spinning you guys up before you go, having your planebook all set up, working you on the DTS, and putting you in a position to both meet and impress new clients. I’ll make sure I’m there the first week you guys arrive, and make sure the most helpful people are introduced to you.
Today I met an instructor on the Gulfstream tour and we got to know each other. He offered to supervise my instructor progression, and I like the guy. Tom F is his name, and (at Tom’s suggestion) I asked Melissa to schedule the two of us for my supervised instructor phase. Tom is a very nice guy and enthusiastic, which is what I need. Melissa is the God of scheduling, and reports to the evil gatekeeper – the G280 PM. Tom F, seems willing to help me, so I’m all for finding a friend.
I am also hoping to meet a gentleman who works here and lives on a residential airpark. I’m told he might know where I can hangar my airplane and commute.
The written test was reviewed in detail before we did it. I knew enough to pass, but didn’t know the location of external power ports, cooling vents, intake vents, and fueling ports well enough. As an excuse, I didn’t worry about that non-sense because i’m smart enough to keep opening doors until i find the fuel door.
The other thing I didn’t know had to do with the turbulence predictor – because there was NO WAY ON GODS GREEN EARTH  that I could possible pay attention long enough to hear the one sentence where the instructor told us about it. Others with prior experience knew it, and I learned it during the review. bullshit question unless we trained it. We didn’t.
Performance training was a huge waste of time. Maybe one hour was valuable, but for the most part, it was haphazard and disorganized, IMO. I’ll show you what I learned to make it all come together, and you can thank Perry. He helped me allot, and i studied it for at least another 10 hours. Performance isn’t hard after you do it a few times. you can get it done quickly. We SUCK at training it though, so I can’t wait to work with you guys on doing a better job.
I’m happy for this opportunity and looking forward to getting the type rating behind me so that I can go home for awhile.
Nothing worth doing is easy. We are in a position to make the expanding G280 training worth doing.  Full speed ahead.
I’m too tired to clean this up, so here you go. The G280 is a rocket ship.
Frank

Frank Dorrin [email protected]

Tue, Aug 13, 8:30 PM (3 days ago)

to Michael
Hey Mike,

Mike Jordan told me you guys were talking about these updates I’ve been giving to Tom and Mike. My intent was to help my friends get through this with less stress than it takes me. I don’t feel comfortable sharing this information widely due to my inexperience in jets. It would be arrogant of me to do that. Mike and Tom are close friends that will give me the benefit of the doubt.
Please review what I’ve said to them here. It is my intention to make their lives easier and to improve the customer experience by embedding knowledgable instructors in their training. Let me know what you think, and if you’d rather me desist, i will.