Travel stories (physical)

Ode to mountains (Poem)

 'You're not my first, you're not my last, but when I look up, I love and gasp. Standing in shadow in awe of you, my heart has flown, my legs turn glue. Colluding with the changing skies, you bellow down and call to me. With all the differing landscape styles, I wonder what today will be.… Continue reading Ode to mountains (Poem)

Flying through the air

PILAPT – which hardware? (Part 2)

Now that you have chosen your PILAPT software (click here for the post: PILAPT - which software), you are now ready for the hardware, that is the joystick and keypad.  Most if not all schools with PILAPT assessments will recommend that you (at least) buy a joystick because this will be part of how they… Continue reading PILAPT – which hardware? (Part 2)

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PILAPT – which software? (Part 1)

Software (overview) As every wannabe (professional) pilot trying to enter into an integrated course with entrance exams will know, pilot aptitude tests (PILAPT) are a necessary evil and are akin to the psychometric tests in the office based world.  If you search online you will come across several companies offering to sell you their scientifically… Continue reading PILAPT – which software? (Part 1)

Mental travel stories

Understanding weaknesses

If you had asked me five years ago I would have told you that I was so afraid of heights that I couldn't even stand calmly riding up a department store elevator, and I live in Scotland, how high really are our department stores? But I felt the serious jitters as I fought hard to… Continue reading Understanding weaknesses

Mental travel stories

Customer service?

What is customer service, and does it actually matter in today's society? Disgusted, as I'm left being stared at by a young teller at a well known conglomerate, self described as a department store. Only staring waiting for me to withdraw my credit card from the machine, something I couldn't do because I was too… Continue reading Customer service?

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Preflight take off checks (Part 3)

13 January 2017: Waking up the next morning feeling like I had been sat on by an A380 (Airbus), I hauled myself out of bed.  I had no choice, check out had to be complete by 10am and I had thirty minutes left. I threw my backpack into the luggage storage, made a short hop… Continue reading Preflight take off checks (Part 3)

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Indigo zulu zulu yankee at departure point (Part 2)

11 January 2017: The day before the assessment I revived a little.  When you spot yourself in the mirror with two huge black rimmed panda eyes you know you're in trouble.  That morning I got up and did my last bout of pilot aptitude practise tests.  I then followed this up with a fifteen minute… Continue reading Indigo zulu zulu yankee at departure point (Part 2)

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A long taxi to the runway (Part 1)

"I didn't have a dream..  [But I am now] 1 of only 15% who never dreamed of ever becoming a commercial pilot, but is on course to be one." Present day, 12 January 2017: I didn't have a dream....  As a child of expatriate parents, survival was the default mode, and just as well for me… Continue reading A long taxi to the runway (Part 1)

Travel stories (physical)

Arran – travel information

Arran is an island located in the Firth of Clyde off the west coast of Scotland, and is nearly 20 miles long and 10 miles wide.  Visit Arran's own website also gives a lot of information to help plan your trip to and on the island - http://www.visitarran.com/ TIP: If you are planning to stay… Continue reading Arran – travel information