With my type rating just 2 weeks away now, it was quite exciting when I received my first airline roster this week. With my type rating being for just over 6 weeks, it was all classroom based, but it has made me feel more like a pilot and reaffirmed that my first flight with passengers is now only months away with it having felt a long way off just a couple of months ago!
But, before I start with Flybe, I am having to go and get my Instrument Rating revalidated and my medical redone for another year. So all in all, it’s going to be a busy couple of weeks until I start – but I can’t wait!
After a busy week at home trying to see all of my family and as many friends as I could, I’ve now moved down to Bournemouth where we’ll be completing our instrument rating.
I’m all settled in our house for this 8 week phase of training which sees us start off in the sims before going back onto the Twinstar to finish our training.
I’m hoping that, having done a lot of instrument flying in New Zealand, the transition to flying in UK airspace is going to be pretty straight forward. I know that it’s busier than in New Zealand and, as a result of that, the radio is busier, but hoping that it’s still similar procedurally! I should be able to let you know after my first couple of sims!
I also have to get used to driving a manual car again as I’ve only been driving properly in New Zealand and there I owned an automatic. It’s pretty poor to say that I can fly a plane but I potentially struggle to drive a car!
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.
I have now been living down in Dibden for a few days now and everything’s going really well!
The four of us who are in the house are getting on really well and we apologise to Eunan as we took the photo whilst he wasn’t in the room…
The hard work begins tomorrow when we start the work towards our ATPL exams. At least we get one day a week off to do computer based training (although I must stress that it’s not a proper day off! We do still have to work and are expected to do about 6 hours!)
Also, as promised in the last post, a couple of pictures of me looking smart in my uniform
Group Shot: Maria Stone