The flying begins

Today saw CP100/CP99B finish the New Zealand ground school and I’m happy to say that I managed to pass both the Air Law and the EASA/NZ Differences exam!
With those out the way, I think that’s now the end of written exam.

Now the flying begins and I’ve found out that I am flying first thing tomorrow morning!

This is what I’ll be flying in the morning – one of CTC’s Diamond DA20 Katanas (ZK-CSD)

Fingers crossed it all goes well!

Photo Credits

First week done in New Zealand

So, my first week in New Zealand is over and it’s been great! The weather has been warm and sunny since we got here and it’s been great to actually be near proper planes!

Unfortunately, we have had to be in classrooms learning Air Law and EASA/NZ Differences. But, now we’ve finished that syllabus, we just have to pass the exams on Wednesday and then we should be flying by the end of the week. Fingers crossed.

As for the flying, there were some changes as to what I would be flying. I started out by being told I was going to be on the Cessna 172 but I have now been able to swap across into the Diamond DA20 Katana as one of the guys on our course wanted to swap.
I’m quite happy with this as it seems to be quite similar to the Aquila that I used to fly, so hopefully I’ll be able to pick up all the technicalities quite quickly.


CP100 and CP99B

Away from the classroom, we’ve all been enjoying the good weather – cooking on the barbeques and playing volleyball.

Volleyball         Group-sunset

Unfortunately, the weather looks like it’s going to be turning towards the end of next week and we’re going to get rain. Better make the most of it whilst it lasts!

Photo Credits
DA20 – Richard Williamson
CP100 and CP99B – Richard Williamson
Group Sunset shot – Richard Williamson

Volleyball shots – Phil Turner

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.