Hey everyone! It's Sam again, and I am blogging from the Holiday Inn in Fairborn, OH (just outside of Dayton). As part of my Air Force scholarship (the HPSP), I am required to be active duty for 45 days a year. This year, I decided to go to the School of Aerospace Medicine - I am in the Aerospace Medicine Primary (AMP) 101 course, a 2-week introduction to flight medicine. Super cool!
Here is a breakdown of the course:
- Week 1 = "Death by PowerPoint"
- Class starts at 8am and ends at 4 or 5pm.
- Out of class activities - trip to the fire station, flying lessons (simulator and real plane), trip to the air traffic control tower, GSOS - spatial disorientation lab, hypobaric chamber (to simulate high altitude, effects of low oxygen, decompression, etc), and more!
- Lots of fun!
Here are some of the photos that I took (and that I stole from the Internet):
Me looking nerdy with my fire hat and transition lenses (new glasses!) up 60 feet in the air on a fire truck ladder:
Hypobaric chamber - don't I look legit?
Here's a picture I took during my 14 mile run yesterday. When I hit 10 miles, my left knee started hurting really bad, and I had to walk about 2 miles back to the hotel when I couldn't stand running anymore. Turns out I got IT Band Syndrome! Oww...
My trip to the Columbus, OH temple, about an hour from my hotel:
The famous USAF Museum. Dayton is the city where the Wright Brothers are from, so it is a pretty historic little town!
On Saturday, we got to fly! We had a brief introduction on how to fly. We then did the simulators for about an hour, and then it was off with an instructor! We got a total of about an hour of flying time, and half of it we did by ourselves. We learned how to take off, do "touch-and-go's" to practice taking off and landing, taxi the plane, ascend and descend, basic turns, banking turns, stalls, etc. What a blast! I learned that I get pretty airsick in these little planes, so next time I'll go on a bunch of roller coasters beforehand to condition myself. Here are some photos of the plane that I flew, the Cirrus SR22:
I should have known this would be harder to control than a car:
What a blast!
Here is the GSOS (Gyroflight Sustained Operations Simulator) - a flight and spatial orientation simulator:
I am coming home this Friday, and I can't wait to be back with my family. It has been a lot of fun here in Ohio, though. Our hotel is SUPER nice, and I have a Mazda 5 rental car (all paid for by our lovely tax dollars) so I can go wherever I want after the duty day is over. I am planning on returning here my 4th year of medical school for 2 more courses (AMP 201 and 202), and then I will be a basic flight surgeon! This will be in conjunction with my specialty (I'm planning on doing Ophthalmology), so I will most likely be in clinic 4 days a week and then help out in the flight surgery clinic 1 day a week. And I'll get to fly! :)