Question and Answer

One of the things I like about my blog’s admin section is that I can see what people search on Google to find my blog.
Most recently, more and more people are coming through to the site by asking questions about CTC that they are looking to be answered.

Therefore, I am planning on answering some of the more common and comical ones. If you have a question that you would like me to answer, either email ( or tweet me (@mblades_ysp) and I shall try to get it answered for you.

Think hard, I’ll put up the answer post in about a week’s time!

NB: This is subject to CTC allowing me to do this. I shall be checking tomorrow
UPDATE: CTC have agreed to me doing this, so I shall upload some answers by the end of next week

Landing away from Hamilton

Since my last post, I’ve not actually had that many flights but have been cancelled numerous times due to weather.

I have, however, managed to get my two solo nav flights completed and saw some great views in the process.


My first solo nav was up to the North of the North Island whilst my second took me down South with great views of the high ground and volcanoes that are down there (the picture on the right is of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Naurhoe, two of the highest points on the North Island)

I have also completed my last dual navigation flight, which saw me do my first landings away from Hamilton at Rotorua and Tauranga. To make the flight even harder, I had to do it under ‘instrument conditions’, meaning I couldn’t look outside and had to fly solely using the instrument panel – quite tricky!
But with that flight passed I am now no longer limited on the routes that I’m allowed to fly. It now becomes my choice and I have plans to get all over the North Island!

Away from the flying, CP100 decided that, as a course, we were missing roast dinners, so cooked a big one for all of us!

We didn’t skimp out on anything – it was a roast dinner with all the trimmings. We even made our own yorkshire puddings!
I think it’s safe to say that it was enjoyed by all and something that we definitely need to do again sometime.

Photo Credits
Roast Dinner – Richard Williamson