Sunday, June 10, 2007

Weekend 4: Shooting and Studying

First off, I'm sorry for not posting a lot about the tabletops. I will get to it this weekend. There's just been a lot to absorb and it's been a rollercoaster ride.

Saturday:


Kelly and I went shooting again today. Stress relief! I really feel my accuracy is improving. Hell, the first shot of the day was a bullseye! (It all went downhill after that, LOL...)

I got to shoot Kelly's .45 caliber Springfield 1911 too. Man, that thing is comfortable. It's a round twice as big as the Makarov's, but the recoil felt half as much. I guess that's what you get when you compare a $165 military sidearm (my Mak) against a $700+ piece of mechanical art.

Me shooting my Makarov:

Kelly laying waste to her target:

"Eyes and ears" are so stylish...

Sunday:

We've got the CTO test (Control Tower Operator Certification Exam) coming up Thursday, so it's time to hit the books. Joanna and Kelly came over today for a while. Matt O. was supposed to show but never did.

The CTO exam study guide is pretty intense. It covers a lot of things that we never explicitly covered in the academic portion of our training. In fact, a lot of it comes out of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) and the Airmen's Information Manual (AIM) used by pilots. As a pilot, some of it was review, but for someone who's never taken the FAA written exam I would highly recommend cracking open FAR's or taking a look at the AIM. If you've had at least the private ground school, you should have a leg up on things.

Common things that are covered in there include:
  • Emergencies and bomb threats
  • Air space restrictions and types
  • Instrument procedures and approaches
  • Loss of radio contact
  • Administrative stuff like facility ratings and eligibility
  • Aircraft categories
  • Wake turbulence
After Joanna showed up, we moved back inside and did a bunch of runs on the paper airport. We had a good time with it, getting our phraseology down and coming across unanswered questions to bring up with our instructors. It was a lot of fun, since we were more or less goofing around with it.

2 comments:

r9s said...

nice stress reliever... squeeze - don't pull.

Wicked Penguin said...

For sure - it definitely improves control and stability.

One thing with the Makarov is that, as a Cold War sidearm, it doesn't have the "white dot" sights that most modern pistols do. When you're shooting at a black target using black sights on a black pistol, you lose contrast. It's more of a challenge than, say, the .45 I also shot. It's more rewarding in that sense.