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.

Work, work, work

Our mountain of work isn’t seeming so large now, probably because we’re getting used to it!

But, this week, I did two things for the first time on the course.
The first, not so special but a big leap for me, I went out with the course. Well, I say out, we went to Playzone Portsmouth – a kids play area – for their ‘Adults Night’. We were expecting it to be quite quiet, we were wrong! There were loads of people there but it was really fun!

The other thing that we did for the first time was take one of the Boeing 737-300 fixed based simulators for a spin. We got to take off, fly around the circuit and then land it using the ILS. Maria managed to get a video of me taking off and landing.

Taking off and landing the 737 sim

The rest of this week sees us finish off the POF and AGK part of the course.

We are also expecting to move next weekend, but we haven’t yet had any details, so we’ll wait and see with that one!

Edit: Forgot to mention the new part of the blog! I now have a videos archive where I will put some of the best videos of my flying career.

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!