I really can't believe where this year is going, we've had Easter already, it doesn't seem like five minutes ago I was packing my bags and getting out of Africa and heading home.
A lot has happened since then and now things have settled down a bit it's time to get my thoughts together and I suppose let everyone else in on where we are at.
Since back in November Roger has become a valued part of the team in Limoges and has taken to teaching in France like a duck to water, the students have enjoyed his teaching, professionalism and most importantly his love for flying, as things have gone so well and and the fact that Roger has done so much flying he became an unrestricted instructor in just 3 months and has now also has his first two students pass their PPL's with him.
A huge well done from me to Roger with students Jason Bartner and Yury Stasyuk , Jason from the USA and o Yury from Russia. A proper international flavor.
Whilst Roger was teaching our international students I have been able to welcome back some of the more familiar faces of Herman and Barry , two former students who've been coming back to enjoy some more flying in Limoges post PPL.
It's always hugely satisfying to have pilots return here when they have gained their licenses with us.
With Roger doing so well in Limoges it's allowed me to pursue some of my personal flying ambitions over the passed few months, and it's with a lot of gratitude to two flying friends Julian and Karl who've helped and supported me over the passed couple of years that I've been able to take the next step in my flying.
With Julian's help I've been able to obtain my second incommand jet rating and have just completed my first flying along side him in a Cessna Citation 550 jet on some European flying. It's great flying along side Julian as there never seems to be a flight where I don't learn something new.
Mind you everything goes so much faster in the Citation, it really takes some getting used to.
Karl is the deputy chief pilot at Capital Air based at Exeter airport. An air ambulance and VIP air taxi service and has brought me in to co-pilot on flights with them, which is something totally new. Ferrying sick, injured or critically ill passengers from across Europe to be repatriated back to the UK.
So far I've done over a dozen flights with the pilots of Capital and once again it's a huge learning curve and something completely new, with very different considerations during the flights.
To be able to participate in the work with both Capital and some jet flying I've had to now base myself more in the UK and am now living with my partner Naomi in East Devon where I grew up and went to school.
I will be working between East Devon and Limoges to be assisting Roger at the school as well as continuing with the other flying that I am doing.