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.

Welcome back to the UK

After over 30 hours travelling, I’m back on UK soil and back to sleeping in my own bed at home!
It’s a great feeling to be back home and good to see my family again. Now it’s a packed 10 day break to see all of my friends.

I’d also like to say a big thank you to all the CTC staff in New Zealand for everything they’ve done for me these past 8 months. From my primary instructor, Tim, to the Clearways staff, Sarah, Anne, Sharon and Michael, they’ve been there to help us every step of the way.

I’d also like to just have a quick mention for everyone in Waikato Rovers for making me feel so welcome whilst I was out there and to Hillcrest Venturers where I was a leader too.

I’ve met loads of great people whilst in New Zealand and it’s thanks to these people that I enjoyed my time in New Zealand so much.

Apologies for the lack of updates

Sorry I haven’t updated my blog in a while – far too much has been happening. As we get near to the end of the course, things start to pick up pace and that’s no more so than this week as I’m on a flyaway around the South Island.

I’ll promise you guys some great pictures and videos once I return!

Question and Answer

One of the things I like about my blog’s admin section is that I can see what people search on Google to find my blog.
Most recently, more and more people are coming through to the site by asking questions about CTC that they are looking to be answered.

Therefore, I am planning on answering some of the more common and comical ones. If you have a question that you would like me to answer, either email (captainblades1@gmail.com) or tweet me (@mblades_ysp) and I shall try to get it answered for you.

Think hard, I’ll put up the answer post in about a week’s time!

NB: This is subject to CTC allowing me to do this. I shall be checking tomorrow
UPDATE: CTC have agreed to me doing this, so I shall upload some answers by the end of next week