Monday, January 17, 2011

First exam done, Aircraft General Knowledge and Instruments.....Mmmmmm

First exam done, Aircraft Gen Knowledge and Instruments.....Mmmmmm
Well when I got up this morning, I felt relatively confident that I had studied as much as I possibly could have and was doing ok on the mock tests but after getting to the Civil Aviation HQ (CAA) at Gatwick airport, things went a little astray.....
The first rather strange thing about this exam is it was in an exam hall for over 100 people and there were only 2 of us taking the exam, me and a friendly fella called Juan Hernandez from Spain, so no UK pilots on this exam session at all.
We were called in, sat down and were given all of the safety briefings, rules, regulations blar blar blar.
At 10:10 we were told to start.......
By 10:17 I was sweating a little
By 10:22 I was feeling a little nauseous......
The first few pages seemed straight forward enough, the general workings of a plane, then I turned the page to be faced with a lot of electrics questions, I beg to ask an electrical engineer out there if he can please explain the relationship to the inverse proportions of current in relation to voltage within an airplane distributor to me and tell me what it has to do with me flying an airplane, especially when for me to do any running electrical repairs on an airplane, even change a light bulb is pretty much illegal as I am not a qualified engineer.
Imagine how the sweat and nausea went when I turned the next page to see that this light and pleasant theme of questioning continued.......
A few deep breaths..... and I found my rhythm again in the questions further into the paper and began answering once again.....
Anyway to conclude, I am really not sure how the final result will come out on this one and am slightly worried a retake might be on the cards when I come back over here for the 2nd set of exams in 8 weeks time.
The frustration is that it will be 3 weeks until I get the results through....... so a slightly anxious wait whilst I get my head back into the books for the 5 exams that I have upon my return trip in March......

I feel like I am on the conveyor belt now and can't get off, unfortunately its the conveyor belt in a James Bond movie where my hands are tied up with the big guillotine at the end and the evil villain Ernst Blofield enjoying the anticipation my impending doom.....
(I should stop writing now, the jet lag is getting to me)

Pointy Pyramids and a windy Nile, back in Africa and a room with a view

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