Day 10 and we were really hoping for at least a 1/2 day to catch up on some rest. Not that if we are going to be away from home we need to be in a hotel room sleeping, but eventually 16-18 hour days will catch up to you. Nope...........Surprise phone call at 0300 hrs and back to the flight hanger by 0400. Finished up by 1800 (6:00 p.m.)
In between waiting on the arrival of the flight, I did spend some time with the executive director of the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission that is our Area of Operations. I frequently utilize his boardroom for meetings. His name is James Stephens, a seasoned pilot and a really kind man who is working hard to serve as well. Those of you who know me, know that I like to talk. To make a long story short I found out that he is currently the chair of the South Carolina Aerospace Education Working Group, and is working with industry, academia, and government to promote the aerospace/aviation industry to South Carolina students. He also serves on the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) Finance, Legislative, and Unmanned Aircraft Committees, and on the advisory committee of the Transportation Research Board’s, Airport Cooperative Research Program current study entitled “Developing Innovative Strategies for Aviation Education and Participation." We spent a considerable amount of time discussing avenues to look at the possibilities of Aerospace Education in our district if there is interest or possibly looking at a cohort of districts in our area. "We do have an airport in our backyard" :) of which he was familiar with.
In closing today's blog, I have found that you always find ways to make the best out of difficult situations.