Saturday, June 25, 2011

I have finally done all of the course work

I have finally done all of the course work for the 3 exams that I am about to take. The Navigation work is quite easily the hardest of all of the Subjects I have done so far, and I am quite doubtful about getting a first time pass on this one, which seems quite common amongst the pilots I know. Its a huge, broad subject for the CPL, my brain just seems to be rejecting it. The other 2 are pretty tough too, Principles of flight and Mass/Balance & flight planning.
So now I have been through all of the course work, I am now starting the revision phase and exam preparation. The exams will take place over 2 days at Gatwick airport in London at the Gulag also known as the Caa. (Mind you the food isn't too bad)
My head is ready to explode but I am just looking at the calendar and crossing off the days until I can get my head back out of the books and into the cockpit and fly the darn plane.
On another note I have been taking the occasional break from study and have been watching a great aviation tv series called "Flying Wild Alaska" once again. Be careful its totally addictive and shows some quite unbelievable flying and landing in conditions most of us would be hiding under the blanket instead of getting behind the controls. I downloaded it through iTunes, one to keep an eye out for.
http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/flying-wild-alaska/

Right I've had my cup of coffee.... time to revise.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Into the final straight with the ground study, hopefully for the final time


Its the 19th June. On 12th & 13th July I will have my final 3 theory exams. I am in Spain at the moment, on a family "Holiday" which basically means I am trying to squeeze in 6-8 hours of study if the joyous subjects such as Principles of Flight, (which is like studying degree level physics), Navigation and Flight Planning Mass and Balance.
I have had a week of doing Flight Planning this week and have nearly got the practice exam scores where I want to be. Each day I do a little Principles of Flight and then on Monday I will be going head first back into Navigation. I think I am on the right path with it, and am really looking forward to exam day.
The idea of waking up in the morning and not having to put my head in the books will be a nice day and hopefully its just a month away.
It will then be another case of sitting and waiting for the results to drop through the door before being able to plan where the path of qualifications takes me.



For the moment its sitting here in Spain and hitting the books hard.

Up and away again..... heading North, a long day and then home.....

At Starbucks in Beirut, thinking about where I'd like us to go away holiday this year The phone rings..... "Can we leave to...