Going to a land down under

During the progress through ground school, there’s always been that one thought at the back of my mind – the prospect of getting out to New Zealand.

The student visa application formAnd that prospect is getting closer now! Earlier this week, we received our visa application forms which I’m now in the process of filling in.

All being well, I should receive confirmation of my visa being issued within 6 weeks.
Fortunately, this is the only bit of paperwork to be done, but there are lots of other actions (mainly financial ones) to be done to be granted access to the country.

But it’ll all be worth it!

Back on the ground, we’re just going through the final parts of General Navigation, meaning that we’re down to just three more subjects to be taught in the classroom for Module 2 – Ops, Radio Navigation and Human Performance. And out of those, I’ve already started on the CBT for them, so I should be able to get on with Question Bank for the whole of Module 2 very shortly.

Photo Credits
Visa application form – Maria Stone

Module 2 continues

To say we’ve only just come back after our Christmas break, it really isn’t a case of being eased in gently. We’ve been getting on with General Navigation in class and I’ve been looking ahead to Human Performance on the CBT.

However, one thing I will say about this module, it’s much more hands on and stuff that we’ll probably use in the flight deck (alright, that was two, but the point still stands)

The scary thing to think of is that, looking ahead, we only have 5 weeks of teaching remaining… Time just seems to fly by nowadays!

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.

More hard work to come

We have now completed our first full week of groundschool and we’re still all here!

Lots has happened this week and the work has really started to pile on.

It all started on Monday when we started the groundschool section of our course and we started with Principles of Flight. I thought that already having knowledge of aircraft and having a PPL would help. Whilst it does marginally, I’m still finding it tough! It’s not helping as much as I thought it would.
The same can be said about Aircraft General Knowledge, which we also started this week. However, I did start knowing that AGK would be hard as I also found the PPL version of the exam hard (in fact, it was the one that I got the worst marks on…)

Fortunately, the week was broken up by a CBT day, where we stay in our accommodation and work through the CD we’ve been given to accompany our course.

Meanwhile, the North of England experienced floods this week whilst down here in the South, it was still pretty nice. But, we were still affected.
This is what we woke up to on Wednesday morning:

Just in case you can’t make it out in the picture, it’s flooded… Fortunately, this is the only flooding that we’ve encountered.

Living away from home also means that I now have to do all of my washing and ironing myself – I can’t just rely on mum doing it for me.
I experienced this for the first time today and, as embarrassing as it is, it took me half an hour to iron 3 shirts… I’m sure I’ll get quicker with time!

Finally, I’d just like to thank Callum, James, Dirk and the rest of the guys who were here doing their AQC for giving us a good laugh this past week. They’ve finished now and moved out after passing the course – congratulations guys!

Sorry for such a long post, just so much has happened this week!