Sunday, February 15, 2015

Into the Groove

Dawn flying this week
Sunday afternoon and sitting at the flying club here in Limoges. I have a working computer now so can sit and type to my heart's content.
Its been a busy week here at the school since my return, its great to see new students coming in and progressing and the international flavor of things here continues, today I have a student here from Toulouse doing his theory exams, a Russian student doing his solo flying and an American student who lives in Italy here on solo navigation.
Over the last 12 months I've had students from France, Spain, Belgium, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Abu Dhabi, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Ireland and Scotland, which is something I really like as it brings some great fun and variety to the flying club here. Infact with my Russian and American students here at the moment we are having some moments of pure hilarity......... We even watched Tom Cruise in TopGun last night.......
I am really pleased to say I have found a cracking assistant instructor working full-time here with me now, Roger and he's settled really quickly and has been holding the fort whilst I have been gallivanting off in Africa and I'm pleased to say he's even tackling the french language with similar enthusiasm to the flight instructing.
The first two months of the year have seen the club posting record numbers of flight hours with our students contributing well to that aswell.
In the passed week we've had 2 students go for their first solo and also a longer term student pass his solo navigation cross country, along side this we've had 6 theory exams passed with more to come in the coming week.
The weather has been a huge help so far this month and we've regularly been able to fly from 8am though to 6pm and its nice to see the sun going down a little later each day. (As i sit here writing this at 6pm on Sunday evening my student is doing a few solo circuits)
Me and Dobby dog.....
Most importantly dobby my faithful dog is keeping us all well amused in between flights and is such a happy chap, although totally spoilt by everyone here, I'm surprised he's not the size of a house with all of the treats he gets.
Yury from Moscow after his first solo
We've had a few treats ourselves this passed week aswell with the Airbus Beluga airplane come to visit and park up next to the office, which brought everyone out for a look.
I am going to do my best to keep the blog updated once or twice per week going forwards so will keep taking as many pictures as I can.

The Airbus Beluga

Jason after his first solo with Instructor Roger

Niort Airport

Jason from the US who lives in Italy

Roger celebrates a good week with 2 desserts 

A pretty big week of flying with some centreline hopscotch.....

Hours flown this month(FEB): 33 Landings: 8 Countries visited: 5  Continents visited: 3  Quick iron of the shirt and in th...