Sunday, February 05, 2006

Just Another Day

Today has been so slow. In fact, really this week has been slow. The weather is rotten. The wind is 50 gusting 70+ m/hr. Not great for any small aircraft. The hangar is pretty well deserted, except for the odd line guy running around.

I could go out and work on the plane but it's Sunday. I don't care to work on Sunday's except that most people want to fly on Sunday. I've discovered that Saturday is not busy at all for us. Most of our students have families and choose to spend Saturday with their kids but Sunday is usually pretty busy. I called our students and cancelled their lessons for today and tried to reschedule them. Most will call me sometime next week to rebook when we know if the weather is every going to change.

I find that I never get to fly any more. I work very hard at all there is to do around here and when we finally get some nice weather I'm stuck in the office, greeting students, preparing invoices, etc. while my husband conducts in flight lessons. We only got 5 nice flying days last month, so we packed every minute with paying students. I am waiting patiently but sometimes I wish for one nice day with no students. That is not a good wish. I need those students so that I can live on more than Kraft Dinner. Not that I don't enjoy the food of choice for pilot's everywhere I'm just tired of it.

In fact, one of my students brought in fruit and veggies for me. I think he realized that I wasn't joking about the Kraft Dinner. In fact it was more good food than I'd seen in a month. I guess he knew how little we've been eating lately. Why is it that buying veggies is so much more expensive than Kraft Dinner anyway? You'd think that the chemicals they put in it would bring the cost up but no, thanks to mass production. No wonder very poor people get sick, they can't afford to eat the food that would keep them healthy.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Growing Pains

Okay, I've started this blog several times and each time I erased it. I'm not sure how to start this but maybe a small recap would be a good idea.

My husband and I own a small sport flying school. We've got one sport plane and another on the way. We have been working on this project day and night for the past two years. I've been the accountant, mechanic, avionics specalist, receptionist, flight instructor, etc.

The later seems to be my most recent problem, we're now ready to hire a part time flight instructor to help with the work load but I haven't gotten one decent resume. I figured there would be tonnes of low time pilots looking for an instructing jobs but the only ones applying are the line crew at our hangar. (All of them graduated from a certain aviation college program that seems to make them think they are the BEST and that we should be begging them to come work for us.) I can not handle that attitude. I can't hire someone who is not friendly or make students feel they're stupid. We'd never grow if we did that. We need someone friendly and outgoing. I know that this position will only be filler on someone's resume but I really want it to the the right someone.

I'm not even sure where to advertise. Or how other flight schools do so. I could try AOPA but does it work? It's expensive to run an ad to get nothing in return. If you have some ideas, please feel free to let me know.