Ground school is nearly over

I can’t quite believe it – tomorrow is our last day in the classroom for ground school! After that, we have 3 days of mocks and then our exam week. That’s it! It’s all come and gone so quickly.

And to top off our time in the classroom, we had a former air medical examiner (aviation doctor) in to talk to us about Human Performance and Limitations. To finish the talk, and the day, he brought in goggles that make your right eye appear to be your left and vice versa. Our challenge, walk in a straight line.
It sounds easy enough and nothing seems to be wrong when you first put the goggles on. Then you try to walk… It becomes a whole new ball game! As a class, we all had a go, with varying levels of success. I had one of the more ‘notable’ moments, stumbling over my own feet trying to recover from a momentary wobble – much to the amusement of the rest of the class!

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In other news, my visa came through today – they’re letting me into New Zealand!
I’m also glad that it means I have my passport back and don’t have to just rely on my driving licence for identification.

Now it’s a case of applying for a bank account and a couple of other things to make sure that everything is in place by the time I’m out there. It’s not long now – I’m expecting to fly out on the 20th March. One challenge I’m going to have is fitting in seeing everyone before I leave. I had a huge challenge at Christmas and this time I have more people to see in the same amount of time… I’m sure I’ll cope!

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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