The end of our DA42 simulator phase

As Christmas approaches, the flying world doesn’t come to a stand still. This has also been true for us in training, with flights going on throughout the festive period, with various people training even on Christmas Eve!

However, fortunately for me, I’ve finished my training for the Christmas period and today saw me finish off my training in the DA42 simulator. We’ve covered a variety of things since returning to the UK, but most memorable were the flights where we flew from one major airport in the UK to another. Flying in and out of Manchester was a good feeling, as was taking off from Heathrow – even if we did get lost on the taxiways in the sim!

We have finished the sim lessons off by starting to look at the things which come up on our instrument rating test. I shan’t bore you with all the details, but it involves making two approaches, a hold, some general handing and simulating an engine failure.
So far, I think they’ve been going well and I’m making progress, I just need to stop making silly mistakes! Fortunately, we’ve got another 6 lessons to practice for the test before we sit a mock test and then the real thing. It’s odd to think that it’s now so close!

But now, it’s time to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Have a great festive season and I shall update you all again in the New Year when we are back in the aircraft for our final flights of training.

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