Rostering and Renewals

With my type rating just 2 weeks away now, it was quite exciting when I received my first airline roster this week. With my type rating being for just over 6 weeks, it was all classroom based, but it has made me feel more like a pilot and reaffirmed that my first flight with passengers is now only months away with it having felt a long way off just a couple of months ago!

But, before I start with Flybe, I am having to go and get my Instrument Rating revalidated and my medical redone for another year. So all in all, it’s going to be a busy couple of weeks until I start – but I can’t wait!

Graduation and Basing

This last week has been very good for me as I graduated from CTC and received news of where I’m going to be based with Flybe and get my official start date. Firstly, I’ll start with my graduation.
Be aware – there are lots of pictures in this update!

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After all of the hard work of the last 2 years, I have now officially graduated from CTC Aviation! Last weekend, CTC held their annual graduation ceremony and we were all presented with graduation certificates and commemorative crystal blocks to recognise our graduation.

 

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Our guest speaker was Willie Walsh, the CEO of International Airlines Group, and he gave a very good speech about his journey into the industry.
Aside from all of the formalities, it was very nice to be able to catch up with everyone who I’ve been through training with again.

After the graduation ceremony in the afternoon, CTC held a black tie graduation ball in the evening for all graduating pilots – a chance for us to all let our hair down and enjoy the evening!

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole event and it was a fantastic way to end my time with CTC. Looking back at where I am now, I certainly made the right choice in training to be a pilot and I’ve met some amazing people whilst training.

And off the back of finishing CTC, I have now found out that I shall be starting my type rating with Flybe on the 2nd February next year, so there really isn’t long to wait!
I have also found that I’m going to be based up in Aberdeen once my training is completed, so that is certainly going to provide me with some great experiences as I start flying passengers around the country.

Finally, I would like to wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

A Purple Future

I apologise that it has been so long since I last posted anything onto here. It has been a tricky time for me since finishing my training at CTC with job opportunities being few and far between. However, I am happy to announce that I have now been offered a job flying for Flybe!

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I’ll be going into the company as a First Officer flying their Dash 8 Q400s. I haven’t yet been told where I’m going to be based but it looks like I’ll be starting my type rating in February.

It’s not been easy getting to this point, but I have eventually secured a job with an airline. I am hoping to be able to post various thoughts from throughout my type rating and beyond as I start flying passengers around Europe. (This will all be subject to what Flybe allow though, so I cannot make any promises.)

I hope that you will continue to follow my blog and thank you to all of you who have made my time through training so enjoyable.

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.
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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