Friday, 16 January 2009

The New Job!

Week one has gone without any problems! It was a very strange feeling to be driving through the main gate on Monday morning having left the RAF just over 3 years ago. There is a lot of history for me at RAF Cottesmore, it was my first posting after passing my training, I met and married my wife there, our first and second home were on the camp itself and we had our first child while I was still serving there. Not to mention all the invaluable experiences I gained while working at MT. So for me to be driving back through the gate 3 years after handing in my 1250 (ID card) brought back a lot of memories!
Day one I was supposed to be reading and signing orders, health and safety, fire plans, what to do in the event of this that and the other.... but for most of the day I sat in MT Licencing drinking tea and catching up with old friends!

On the second day I had to report straight to the Station Medical Centre for my hearing test and colour perception test. I'm pleased to say that I passed them both and so was able to head up to my new place of work - ASMT! This is where I used to work as a serviceman and it was amazing to see my old friends still there! It was like stepping back in time, the whole place is exactly as I left it (apart from the new addition - a pool table!)

I remembered everything and passed my written and practical test on the second day so don't have to do the 3 week training again (thank goodness) so am now back up and running as a fuel tanker driver. My job is not only to refuel the resident Harriers but also to replenish them with demineralized water which they need to hover. We are also responsible for refuelling any visiting aircraft and keeping the airfield free from FOD by use of our runway sweeper.
So as you can see, I've had a good week and am finally back where I feel I belong. I can't wait for the summer!! (Its a great job in the summer!)

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Happy New Year!

As I previously posted, my laptop has been out of action due to the power adaptor being broken. The issue is now resolved and so I can now keep you all up to date with the goings on here at number 9!

We have had a pretty slow start to the year really, Amelia returned to Nursery on the 6th January and we haven't really been up to much. I have been learning to tie my own flies ready for the up coming fishing season on Eyebrook Reservior. Its quite satisfying to tie a perfect fly but really it is going to be the fish who are the judges and I can't wait to catch one on a fly that I myself have tied!

I also had some good news on Thursday. I have finally got the job that I have been waiting for refuelling aircraft at a local airbase. I start on Monday so better sort out my licences and other paperwork! I'll post on here to let you all know how I get on!