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

My training in Bournemouth is at an end

The title says it all really, my course here in Bournemouth is now over after I completed my Instrument Rating test yesterday.

The flight went really well and involved me flying over to Exeter, making an approach there before having a simulated engine failure and then back to Bournemouth to fly down the Instrument Landing System and into a low level circuit around the airfield to land.
In my eyes, the flight went really well and the examiner didn’t have too much to say about it, which is always a good sign!

I’m now in the process of filling in all of the paperwork for my licence application and being signed out of Bournemouth and finding out information on the next phase of my training, the Airline Qualification Course, which takes place back in Nursling, Southampton.

And to leave you with a scary thought, the next plane I will physically fly is likely to be an A320!

Only a couple more flights remain

With the festive period over, flying is now back in full swing and now I only have a couple more flights remaining before the instrument rating test, which will mark the end of our basic training with CTC.

After coming back after Christmas, I’ve moved back into the aircraft and we’ve started flying to various airports around the UK and practicing for our test flight. So far, I’ve flown to Alderney and Cardiff, as well as backseating flights to Exeter and Southampton. It feels good to be flying around the UK again and it’s good mixing in with the other traffic, of which there’s a lot more than in New Zealand.

So far, things seem to be improving each flight and I should be ready for test by the start of next week. Fingers crossed!

There should be some pictures coming in the next couple of days as I’ve had my camera in the back of the aircraft on these flights and after the weather that has been hitting the UK recently, I’ve been able to get some good pictures and video to share with you, so stay tuned for that!

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.