It's been over six months since I gave any attention to this blog, although an email reminder that the domain name renewal was due has prompted me to log on and make this final post.
The initial idea behind
starting Stories From The Sky back in January 2011 was to document the
completion of my flight training and the transition into the 'real
world' of commercial work within general aviation. 256 posts later, I
think I've reached a point where I no longer have enough fresh content
to warrant keeping the site active and have made the decision to tie
things up where they are, leaving the blog available to search and read
in archived mode.
2015 was quite a turning point for me, with a
delayed transition from survey flying to scheduled operations. The new PA31 job
was great while it lasted, but only ended up being a short lived venture
due to the company's financial state which unfortunately resulted in
them shutting up shop in November.
The positive that came out of
that situation was that it allowed me to realise there is more to life
than just aviation. Running my own business on the side and having
control over when and where I took time off from it were both
particularly rewarding aspects to this. However being stuck on the
ground was never for me and I was fortunate enough to be offered
positions on ground courses for two large turboprop aircraft before the
new year arrived.
Fast forward a couple of months of flying a
desk at the offices of a well known Auckland based airline, then a type
rating in a full motion simulator over in Melbourne, I am now settling
back into a scheduled flying job once again. The aircraft type that I am
on now is by far the quickest and most complex I have flown to date and
definitely marks the beginning of a new chapter in my aviation
adventure. That being said, the professional environment of airline
operations is distinctly different to that of GA and doesn't translate
to the public discussion format of this blog.
I can think to say now is a big thanks to those of you who have taken
the time to stop and browse here over the last couple of years- I hope
the content that was put up was found interesting or helpful in some way to
the student pilot crowd.