After a busy week at home trying to see all of my family and as many friends as I could, I’ve now moved down to Bournemouth where we’ll be completing our instrument rating.
I’m all settled in our house for this 8 week phase of training which sees us start off in the sims before going back onto the Twinstar to finish our training.
I’m hoping that, having done a lot of instrument flying in New Zealand, the transition to flying in UK airspace is going to be pretty straight forward. I know that it’s busier than in New Zealand and, as a result of that, the radio is busier, but hoping that it’s still similar procedurally! I should be able to let you know after my first couple of sims!
I also have to get used to driving a manual car again as I’ve only been driving properly in New Zealand and there I owned an automatic. It’s pretty poor to say that I can fly a plane but I potentially struggle to drive a car!
After over 30 hours travelling, I’m back on UK soil and back to sleeping in my own bed at home!
It’s a great feeling to be back home and good to see my family again. Now it’s a packed 10 day break to see all of my friends.
I’d also like to say a big thank you to all the CTC staff in New Zealand for everything they’ve done for me these past 8 months. From my primary instructor, Tim, to the Clearways staff, Sarah, Anne, Sharon and Michael, they’ve been there to help us every step of the way.
I’d also like to just have a quick mention for everyone in Waikato Rovers for making me feel so welcome whilst I was out there and to Hillcrest Venturers where I was a leader too.
I’ve met loads of great people whilst in New Zealand and it’s thanks to these people that I enjoyed my time in New Zealand so much.
After 8 months here, the time has now come for me to leave the country and head back home to the UK. As I write this, all of our course are frantically rushing round making sure that rooms are clean, bags are packed and boarding passes are printed off.
However, leaving isn’t the biggest news I have this week – I now have my Commercial Pilot’s Licence!
I had to split my test over two days due to weather, but I finally completed it last Thursday and it was a huge relief when I found out that I had passed.
That brings an end to this stage of the training and now all the paperwork has been completed, I just need to think about getting home.
We start our instrument rating training in Bournemouth on the 25th November, so I get a short break at home before setting off down South again.
I now just have one more flight left in New Zealand and that’s my Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL) skills test!
The past seven months have flown by and now it all comes down to one more flight before I move onto filling in the paperwork and catching the plane home.
In preparation, this week has seen me do 3 CPL profiles which are essentially mock tests allowing me to identify where I need to work on and to improve these areas.
After my last one this morning, I now feel happy about the test and you can see a marked improvement in my flying not just compared to when I passed PT1 a few months ago but even compared to how I was flying after my first profile.
All I have to do now is stay calm, not let the pressure get to me and fly it as though it’s any other flight.