Believe it or not, (despite my unchangeable user-name) I am actually IN
this class as we're being trained, and now that the show has been made public, I can share it here!!!
We're in our first week of training at Frontier! Today (Wednesday) is our third day, and we have 5 1/2 weeks to go. We're a group of 36 people (8 men, 28 women), mostly from Denver, but some of us are coming from places like LA
, Texas, Missouri, and Tennessee. All the trainees are absolutely fantastic (F9 sure knows how to pick them!) It's terribly exciting stuff, I'll tell you! EVERYONE at Frontier is beyond happy to be there, and they're not being fake about it --- such a good vibe! Yes, the cameras and lights and microphone booms are EVERYWHERE and the crew from The Travel Channel are following us around constantly! Our first training flights are next weekend, but even after that we still have 4 full weeks of training to go before we're certified. Training is an all-day (and sometimes all-night) event and runs about 6 days a week. We have approximately 30 tests (written, verbal, and practical) within this period, which all must be passed with a score of 90% (90%!!! *yikes*) or better in order to continue as a student. So, yes, there is a lot of pressure, and the cameras, however exciting, are a bit of a distraction, to be honest...but it's still a lot of added fun! The show will run sometime in December 2005.
And, no, I am not one of the eight focus trainees for the show, and to be very honest, I am THRILLED to have opted out of this situation. We're ALL
being followed and filmed, though, so I'm sure I'll be getting my 15-minutes of fame, too. It was a fun idea to think about, but I'll tell you --- distractions aren't good when you REALLY want to be successful in a class like this!
Just thought I'd give the head's up!
It's an entirely different kind of flying; all together.