I guess this means I’m a qualified pilot!

It’s been a couple of weeks since I wrote my last update and in that time, a lot has happened!

Firstly, I finished the AQC. The 9 sim details went well (or at least I think they did, I’m still waiting for the feedback from our training manager!) and I feel like I learnt a lot from all of the details. I think it’s made me more aware of the challenges faced on a multi crew flight deck and they are quite often challenges that I didn’t think you’d have being two pilots.
1964828_10152233593712002_1572137766_nIt also gave us a chance to have a play with some of the systems on a Boeing 737 cockpit including the oxygen masks, as modelled here by Fraser!

We covered a range of problems, both system and human ones, and it has, hopefully, prepared us well for our type ratings and beyond.

IMG_3613The end of our AQC also means the end of my training with CTC. It seems like an age since I started my training and it has been my life for the past 18 months. But this morning, the fruits of my labour finally flourished with the arrival of my licence.

It means that I am now officially qualified to carry passengers for reward and I’ve got my Multi Engine Piston rating on there as well as my Single Engine Piston rating from my PPL (so I can essentially fly planes with any number of piston engines, provided they don’t need their own rating).

For now though, I am waiting to find a job in the industry. Fingers crossed the wait won’t be too long and I’ll hopefully be jetting passengers all across the continent very soon!

I would just like to finish off by thanking everyone who has supported me throughout my time on the course. It has been hard in places, but I’ve met some great people and had fantastic support from both friends and family at home and people I’ve met in New Zealand so thank you everyone!

Is this the end of your blog, I hear you ask – the answer is no! When I become employed by an airline, I hope to continue uploading my pictures and thoughts on how my training is going (providing it complies with their policies). So do keep checking back and follow me on Twitter where I post most of my stuff!

Picture Credits
Oxygen Mask: Fraser Cooper

AQC going well

We have already completed one week of our AQC course and the first week saw us looking at operating in a multi crew environment and improving our non technical skills. This was achieved by looking at various frameworks and models which we can use in the cockpit.

We still have two more weeks and these weeks see us in the simulator for 9 details in which we will be improving our multi crew skills. The simulator is CTC’s fixed base Boeing 737-300 simulator, so we’ll also be learning how to handle jets.
It’s definitely going to be a set up from what we were used to in the DA42 as it’s bigger, faster and heavier. There are also a lot of memory items which we have to know – all in line with the SOPs which we have been given.

It’s going to be a good two weeks, but a busy one as the details are all 4 hours long and we have to do all of the prep for them in the time that we’re not in the simulator and the sims range from starting at 8am to ending at midnight!

Home, but back in Southampton soon

With my training over, I’m back at home now, but not for long! I am needed in Southampton to attend one of CTC’s Airline Preparation Days on Monday. This course will cover how to prepare for assessment days with the airlines amongst other things, so should definitely be an interesting afternoon.

It’s then back home for a week before heading back down to Southampton to start my Airline Qualification Course on the 3rd February. Things are picking up the pace now and parts of the course see us flying the Boeing 737 fixed base simulators! We’re starting to feel like real pilots now!

stripesTo go along with the real pilot feel, I now have new epaulettes having finished my basic training. My first stripes and the first step on the path to becoming a fully fledged captain sat in the left hand seat.

Once I finish the AQC, I will be going into CTC’s hold pool awaiting a job with an airline. Fingers crossed, I won’t be waiting too long, but aviation is a funny business where it seems to be booming one minute and dead quiet the next – we’ll just have to wait and see what it’s like when I get there.

Also, I have updated the photos page with a selection of photos from my flights in the UK.