Mind – The term Situational Awareness (SA) describes a level of information processing and comprehension. Fighter pilots train in order to improve and create high levels of SA in often confusing and high threat environments. Like most things in life, experience is the best way to learn and fighter pilots go to great lengths to squeeze every bit of learning out of training missions. By far, the majority of time spent during training is in debrief. A typical mission may require 2 hours of planning, 1-2 hours of execution, and then 2-4 hours of debrief. During the debriefs instructors review each flight members execution looking for what went right with the game plan and what went wrong. After thorough review, objectives are scored as either being met or not, then lessons learned are created. Lessons learned should remain universally true in context and are specifically what the flight will do when confronted with a similar situation. Clearly, developing high levels of SA requires a lot of experience and lessons learned, sometimes the hard way. For this reason it takes years to create highly proficient instructors. To close, use every moment to learn and build your clue bag to continue to high levels of SA.
Body – Strength
10 minutes of warmups, jump ropes, jumping jacks, walking lunges
Learn how to perform push presses DEMO http://youtu.be/g0gEsMc1JZ4
10 minutes of push presses
10 minutes warmups
10 minutes of push presses
10 minutes of power cleans DEMO http://youtu.be/mCUmi2oqlvA
Instructors/Weapons Instructor Course
10 minutes of warmups
The Purple Church by the Horsemen
Every minute for 10 minutes
3x Power Clean
3x Hang Squat Clean DEMO http://youtu.be/apNSP-CH1qk
3x Push Press
Recipe of the Day
New York Pizza
2 1/2 cups warm water
2 teaspoons salt
4 1/2 cups bread flour
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/4 cup bread flour as needed
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 cup dry shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1. Pour the warm water into the pan of a bread machine, sprinkle in the salt, and add the flour to the pan so the flour sits on top of the water. Make a hole in the top of the flour, and spoon the yeast into the hole. Let the mixture sit for 20 minutes to moisten the flour. Set the bread machine to the knead setting, and knead the dough for about 10 minutes. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and knead in 1/4 cup more flour or as needed, adding the flour about 2 tablespoons at a time, to make a wet, sticky, but elastic dough. The dough should be “as soft as a baby’s bottom.” Form the dough into a round shape.
2.Wipe the inside of a large bowl with olive oil, and place the round ball of dough into the bowl. Turn the dough over a couple of times so the dough picks up a thin coating of oil. Cover with a cloth, and refrigerate the dough for 10 hours or overnight.
3. The next day, allow the dough to come to room temperature before rolling out on a floured surface and adding toppings as desired. Roll the dough out thin with a thicker edge before adding toppings.
4. Place a pizza stone into oven, dust it with a little flour, and preheat oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C). Bake the pizza on the stone in the preheated oven until the bottom of the crust is browned, 6 to 8 minutes.
Spirit – Mathew 11:25 “At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.”
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Mind – Fighter pilots call the multi-function displays prominent in the cockpits of most modern aircraft “Drool Buckets.” Today’s amazing airplanes collect and display massive quantities of information, the importance of relaying that information quickly and correctly cannot be overstated. Oddly enough, actually flying fighters is relatively simple, but interpreting information and making decisions about utilizing all of the weapons while fighting is the hard part. That is why the engineers made the airplanes fairly simple to fly. The problem with these displays is they can capture your attention for too long, in other words, rather than looking outside and checking six for bad guys, mishap pilots mis-prioritize and sit drooling while looking at the display. Of course this is an exaggeration, but sometimes 1 second is too long…unless you are a Whizzo then you have all day to drool. That zinger is for Dez and Bullet, two kick ass Whizzos who provide good office humor. They have been too quiet lately.
Spirit – From inside the Sky, by Langewiesche. “What lies outside doesn’t matter. My world and my life are compressed within these fabric walls. Flying blind is difficult enough in smooth air. In this swirling cloud, it calls for all the concentration I can muster. The turn and bank indicators, the air speed, the altimeter, and the compass, all these phosphorescent lines and dots in front of me, must be kept in proper place. When a single one strays off, the rest go chasing after it like so many sheep, and have to be caught quickly and carefully herded back into position again.” – Charles Lindbergh describing his historic instrument flying that kept him alive in his flight across the Atlantic.
Wingman/Flight Leads/Instructors/Weapons Instructor Course
Mind – Think about a tumbleweed blowing in the wind with no direction, affected completely by the forces surrounding it. Hapless tumbleweeds blown onto the road are smashed to bits, such can also be the fate of tumbleweed fighter pilots. Tumbleweed is a communication term that means you have no idea what is going on, for example, “Bozo 04, tumbleweed!” Most of those in the formation already know the ill fated individual is tumbleweed and would recommend shutting up, staying visual, and saving the air time for those with higher situational awareness (SA). My friend Poacher would probably say tumbleweed is navigator standard, for those platforms that use navigators. Wives and girlfriends might say that’s how all the men in their life drive. The problem though is you have to have enough situational awareness to know that you are tumbleweed, and most of the time if you are tumbleweed, you probably don’t realize you are tumbleweed. One of my favorite quotes, “You have to have SA to know that you don’t have SA.” Fortunately I can laugh about the times I have been tumbleweed and that merely led to some good stories in the bar. Usually all it takes to immediately recage your gyros is well-timed radio call or tally-ho of the bad guys or some ground reference. Hopefully we all have good enough wingman and friends that help fill us in when we have no clue.
Just wanted to give a shout out to one of the fans, Brendan. We love hearing from all the future fighter pilots. Keep up the good work. Dream Big..Go for it.
Mind – I am currently behind the power curve. This is a term pilots use to describe a position of energy disadvantage. In other words, it doesn’t matter that the throttle is in full power, at the current conditions, the motor will not produce enough thrust to recover. It is also a slang term that means…trying to catch up. I just started a new job, so I have a lot to learn, hence, I am behind the power curve when it comes to sending out the blog. Another term we use to describe this condition is “hanging off the trailing edges.” This also means everything is happening so fast, rather than sitting in the cockpit, you are 6 feet behind the aircraft. Sometimes this does occur, but I have always found the best way to avoid this condition is proper preparation. Dedication to the mission is required, and putting in the time when others will just let it slide separates the professionals from the amateurs. Anticipating when things will go wrong or become intense is key to being prepared. Clearly I knew I had this new job coming up, but as we discussed yesterday, shit happens. This is when hopefully you can rely upon experience, but if you have none, this might describe a learning moment. If you find yourself behind the power curve, take your lumps, egress the fight, learn what you can, then buckle down for the next mission.
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