Getting hands on with the Dash

My type rating continues and has now progressed onto getting into Flybe’s Dash 8 simulator and starting to learn exactly how to fly the aircraft. So far we’ve had five sessions and have been taught various normal stages on flight with an emphasis on honing our existing flying skills and getting used to the specific Flybe operating procedures and what to do when things start to fail.

It’s been a really good experience so far and it feels good to finally be putting all of the training over the last two years to use and even more so with the thought of my first flight being less than a month away, but more on that later.

However, there is still more work to be done and we still have six more sim sessions before our licence test at the end of the month. Between now and then it will be back to having my head in the books to get all of the manoeuvres learnt and the SOP calls committed to memory.

ScreenHunter_0096As I spoke about just before, I have now been told where and when my first flight with passengers is going to be. I’m going to be taking passengers from Manchester to Southampton and back again for my first flight.

After that, I have an action packed month where I spend nights in Manchester, Southampton and Belfast and a map of all my flights can be found on the left. More detailed stats about my roster can be found by visiting my Roster Buster page.

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