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Weather cleared up around noonish today and got to do my dollar ride this afternoon! Pretty cool, but I need to put my nose in the books that much more now. That was my only free ride in T-6s and we just went out to the aux field and then to the area to tool around some. Came back after an hour flight and called it a day.

End of week 1 in phase II and so far so good! We get paid to do this stuff?!?!?! What a deal!

Have a great weekend!

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Geoff,

What was the difference in flying in the T-6 vs the Diamond DA 20 at IFS? Did you feel any queasiness? I read your blog with great interest. Thanks for posting. I know that your time is short with all you have on your plate, but try to include a little bit more specifics.

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Well, the T-6 is a huge kick in the pants compared to the DA-20. So much more power and capabilities. Also, a lot more to keep track of in the T-6: retractable gear, speed brake, oxygen, helmet, etc. It's a lot more fun and a lot more work to stay ahead of the jet because you have less time to think and act. You could afford to be a little less knowledgeable in the DA-20, but here, you have to know the procedures very well.

I started to queasy a little bit, only because I hadn't eaten anything in a few hours. I think I would have been fine had I eaten a little bit more for lunch.

Thanks for the input! I'll do my best to include more. I read Riddller's blog with with as much interest as it sounds like you have in mine and I craved the details like you, so i'll try to do better.

If you like these blogs, you might check out Hamlett House. The guy is a C-17 pilot and made an extremely detailed blog of his UPT experience at Columbus. It's a little dated, as he flew the T-37, but still pretty neat to read. Kinda where I got the inspiration for this.

Any and all feedback is welcome for mine!

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Congratz to you! Riddller gives excellent details through his whole experience but it's good to see a second view of the process.

Good luck for the rest of UPT.

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