Kia Ora – Welcome to New Zealand

I’m here! Finally, after almost 6 months of ground school in Nursling, I am now out here in sunny Hamilton, New Zealand.
It has been glorious weather since we arrived and I’m loving it – especially when you compare it to the snow that is falling in the UK!

Unfortunately, I’m not yet up in the sky flying. We have a week and a half of ground school first. We have to complete the NZ PPL Air Law and do an EASA/NZ Differences paper.
Hopefully, it’ll be a breeze and I’ll be flying by the end of next week, but we’ll wait and see.

But, even though I’m not flying yet, I have found out what I’ll be flying. I’ve been assigned to the Cessna 172, so I’ll be flying on that probably up until the multi-engine phase of my training.
It will be different to fly compared with the Aquila that I’m used to and would have preferred the DA20 Katana as that would have been more like the Aquila, but I’m sure I’ll get used to it rather quickly!

UPDATE: I’m now actually going to be flying the Diamond DA20 as someone wanted to swap to fly the Cessna.

ATPL Theory is over!

I can’t believe it – after 166 days of groundschool, it’s all over!
I think that this week went quite well, I’m just not overly confident about the Performance exam, but we’ll have to wait and see!

But now we’re finished, it’s odd knowing that I don’t have to  be doing any CBT or any Question Bank. After 5 months, it doesn’t feel right!

Today we have our second Airline Preparation Day. It’s going to be review of our training these past 5 months as well as starting to develop the ‘non-technical’ skills required to be a pilot and looking ahead to our time in New Zealand.

And speaking of New Zealand, we have found out where we will be staying.

This is Clearways, CTC’s purpose built accommodation centre out in New Zealand and I’ve been placed here. The majority of CP100 have ended up here, although a few are in Peachgrove Studios, in the centre of town.
It should be a great place to live as there are also cadets from the other courses here, giving it a good atmosphere and allowing us the chance to chat to the more senior cadets about the flying.

On the theme of accommodation, back in the UK, I’m moving out of our house here in Hamble on Sunday, after helping out at the CTC Open Day on the Saturday.
Will be sad to leave the house but really looking forward to getting home, relaxing and seeing my mates.

Photo Credits
Clearways – CTC Aviation

One month on

Last week we moved house and we it seems to be a good house, although there were a few bits and pieces missing. I have got the smallest room though but I think that I’ve managed to utilise the room’s space and fitted a big desk in there, so I’ll make do with it.

In other news, we’ve nearly finished our third groundschool subject, Air Law. We’ve got one more day to finish it in lessons next week, although I have already jumped ahead on the CBT and finished it. (Yes, I know that’s rather geeky!)
That now makes it Principles of Flight, Aircraft General Knowledge, Air Law and Comms (another one of my pre-learning sessions on the CBT!)

This week also saw CP101 have their Meet & Greet and APD. This means that we’re no longer the ‘babys’ of CTC. We have four of them staying next door to us and I wish them all the best as they start on their journey.

Moving house, again

We’re moving from Dibden Manor today and heading out to Hamble. Point to point, it’s not very far from us here at Dibden but there’s this great big mass of water between us

As I write this, my parents have just arrived and we’re going to get on our way soon. The others have already set off and should be there now.

I suppose I should better get going as otherwise I can see me faffing for quite a while!