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The Wingleader of FireDance is R_tal, currently Acting Weyrleader more usually WeyrSecond, and this change has meant changes to the Wing schedule. R_tal tends to spend his days dealing with Weyrleader matters - paperwork, meetings and the type - because he has to - and this means a lot of early starts and late finishes for the Wing as this is the time he has left.
There is a payoff for this however, in that the MIDDLE of the day will usually be clear for Wing members to do whatever they want as this is the time he is busiest.
It_s difficult for him to operate anything approaching an open door policy, due to said busyness. Instead, he tries to make certain times when the Wing KNOW he should be available - "consulting time" - when they can come and see him if they want about anything, however inconsequential. At any other time, they should be seeing his WingSecond, Ma_din, who is expected to pick up a lot of his slack.
Of course, urgent things are a different matter - shout for those and he'll be there. The exception to this is if he_s catching some rare free time with his weyrmate at home. Interrupt that, and it had BETTER be an emergency.
Being the Weyrleader_s Wing means excellence is expected. If the Weyrleader_s Wing falls down when every other Wing looks great it doesn_t look great. However, conversely, the time the Weyrleader spends leading the Weyr means a certain amount of independence is expected. Help yourselves and each other those times your Wingleader can_t always be as available as he would like R_tal doesn_t schedule time in for such duties as strap upkeep, dragon bathing and oiling and hunting which would take up a great deal of a rider_s time -- but he expects them to be done nonetheless. It_s up to his riders when they use their "free" time to do that.
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