I’m now two weeks into my training with Flybe and so far it’s been very good! Our first week involved getting to know more about Flybe and embracing the ‘Purple Way’ – when they said that joining Flybe was going to involve a lot of purple, they weren’t wrong! Our course also undertook our wet drills which involved getting into the swimming pool and learning how to use life jackets.
The last week has been all about learning more about the Dash 8 Q400 which I’m going to be flying. It has been very similar to ATPL study but a lot more condensed and all about one specific type of aircraft. Personally, I’ve found it a lot easier to understand, especially as I can reference it all to one specific type of plane rather than the theoretical ones you use during the ATPLs.
The next two weeks will see me complete the ground school element of the course and also look at some operational procedures that Flybe use. Our simulator sessions have been scheduled for March and hopefully our first flights will be in early April.
We also found out this week that we’re getting some jump seat rides at the start of March and for me, this involves heading over to Belfast and spending the day with a crew over there. I can’t wait to see everything actually in action!
Away from the studying, we have been going out for meals as a course and treating the non Brits on the course to proper fish and chips at the beach in Exmouth despite it being bitterly cold on the coast!