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!
To 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.
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.
The end is in sight! Having completed my mocks this week, CP100 are now on the home straight. In just two weeks time, we will be having our last day at Nursling for quite a while, our second Airline Preparation Day. The next time we’ll be back at Nursling is the the Airline Qualification Course at the very end of the course.
As for my mocks, I did extremely well – better than I thought I would. I went into them thinking that I’d be happy to just get passes in all 7 but I ended up walking away with an average above 90%! I’m amazed as I really worried about a couple of the subjects. Now I just have to keep up the hard work – and the motivation – for just over a week as I continue to prepare for the actual exams, which start a week on Monday.
Fingers crossed they go as well as these mocks did!
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.