Jan. 13, 8 a.m.: It has been a stressful time for everyone here the last three days: The training has become more challenging and everyone, including me, seems to have hit that point of feeling down and upset. Certain things just take longer to understand and perform. For my part, I could not perfect some of the maneuvers Thursday and started to feel as if I could not do this. Nevertheless, I strive to maintain a positive attitude and it helps so much to see familiar faces from Vaughn here to support us.
On Wednesday, (Director of Admissions) Celso Alvarez and (Associate Vice President) Vinny Papandrea arrived. I was glad to see them here, supporting us in every way possible. On Thursday, Vinny actually helped us study and tested us in emergency procedures during the afternoon. Our biggest surprise was the arrival Thursday of (President) Dr. John Fitzpatrick and the return of (Senior Vice President) Dr. Sharon DeVivo. Like children missing their mother, we all truly missed her while she was gone. In fact, we performed better today than when she was back at Vaughn. Dr. DeVivo even joined us in a little competition on the Xwind SE simulator, making a safe landing with no wind conditions and scoring an 859 out of 1,000. We are hoping to solo sometime next week; that is going to be a bigger challenge for all of us, but with a positive attitude comes great success.
-- Erika Barcenes
Dr. Sharon DeVivo on Redbird's crosswind simulator on Thursday.