Just two weeks of groundschool left

The end is in sight! Having completed my mocks this week, CP100 are now on the home straight. In just two weeks time, we will be having our last day at Nursling for quite a while, our second Airline Preparation Day. The next time we’ll be back at Nursling is the the Airline Qualification Course at the very end of the course.

As for my mocks, I did extremely well – better than I thought I would. I went into them thinking that I’d be happy to just get passes in all 7 but I ended up walking away with an average above 90%! I’m amazed as I really worried about a couple of the subjects.
Now I just have to keep up the hard work – and the motivation – for just over a week as I continue to prepare for the actual exams, which start a week on Monday.

Fingers crossed they go as well as these mocks did!

Ground school is nearly over

I can’t quite believe it – tomorrow is our last day in the classroom for ground school! After that, we have 3 days of mocks and then our exam week. That’s it! It’s all come and gone so quickly.

And to top off our time in the classroom, we had a former air medical examiner (aviation doctor) in to talk to us about Human Performance and Limitations. To finish the talk, and the day, he brought in goggles that make your right eye appear to be your left and vice versa. Our challenge, walk in a straight line.
It sounds easy enough and nothing seems to be wrong when you first put the goggles on. Then you try to walk… It becomes a whole new ball game! As a class, we all had a go, with varying levels of success. I had one of the more ‘notable’ moments, stumbling over my own feet trying to recover from a momentary wobble – much to the amusement of the rest of the class!

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In other news, my visa came through today – they’re letting me into New Zealand!
I’m also glad that it means I have my passport back and don’t have to just rely on my driving licence for identification.

Now it’s a case of applying for a bank account and a couple of other things to make sure that everything is in place by the time I’m out there. It’s not long now – I’m expecting to fly out on the 20th March. One challenge I’m going to have is fitting in seeing everyone before I leave. I had a huge challenge at Christmas and this time I have more people to see in the same amount of time… I’m sure I’ll cope!

Sim sessions and more

These past couple of weeks have seen sim sessions be like buses – you wait ages for one and then a few come at once. Okay, I know that’s not the exact saying, but it sums up my point!
I’ve been on the course now for 4 months and in that time, we had a simulator session a couple of weeks in and after that we didn’t go back in. But in the past two weeks, I’ve been in twice! Once just because our instructor wanted to get us flying and a second time for actual educational purposes (not that flying into the Tower at London Gatwick isn’t educational!)

This week’s sim session was fantastic. We ended up taking a flight from the middle of Wales up to Caernarfon, out to Wallasey, up towards Blackpool and then turned around to come back down towards Bristol. We ended the session by doing a bad weather NDB approach into Bristol Airport.
To put the approach in simple terms, flying through the clouds until 250ft above the ground and only using an instrument that points towards the airport to navigate on.
You can see how it went by heading over to the videos page where there’s a video of the approach. (Direct Link)

But I can’t see us going into the sim again before we head off to New Zealand as we only have 9 more teaching days to go – a scary thought. And in these 9 days, we have two subjects to cover, Ops and Human Performance.
Now it really is just a case of buckling down with the work and just keep it all ticking over because due to the more practical nature of this second module, I fear that neglecting one subject in favour of another could make it difficult to pick up the neglected subject again. All it means is a lot of hard work for the coming weeks – but if it means passing the exams, I guess it’s worth it.