John was kind enough to write a note to post here on the blog… what a pleasure it has been working with someone so dedicated to aviation, safety and the joy of learning.
I wanted to let you all know how well Amelia has done with her instrument training. On this blog, you get to see all the fun flights and places we go, but what you don’t see is the studying and preparation that goes into each lesson. We were on a condensed schedule of two weeks due to my new job, and quite honestly Amelia has gone above and beyond all expectations. As most of you know, she is very involved in her profession as well as community events. This does not leave nearly enough time for most people to take on the full-time instrument student role. The amount of passion, dedication and effort she has put into this training is something I have never seen before. This and her patience and willingness to learn allowed her to progress through her training at not only a record pace, but also at a very high level of performance. As pilots, we are evaluated based on strict standards which require near perfect flying abilities. Amelia has gone through this training well within those standards in every subject. I have lots of respect for her dedication to getting this rating and chasing her dream of flying around the world, and I wanted to share with you all how impressed and proud I am of Amelia.
We are finished with all of the flight lessons and are now concentrating on the knowledge required for a written test as well as an oral evaluation. While I am in training, Amelia will continue to fly on her own as well as prep for these tests until I return in a couple of weeks. Once I return, we will make final preparations for the checkride and Amelia will finally be an instrument pilot and one big step closer to her goal.