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Managing expectations

Now that I’ve survived ground school, I have only one word to describe the journey, ‘hell’.    When you sit in that interview room as part of your entrance exam process and the examiner asks you, “how do you think you will manage ground school?” All I can say to that now is, ground school… Continue reading Managing expectations

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Remembering why you’re there

I had worked out that to be able to do 14 ATPL exams in 6 months, including all the exam periods and how CTC schedule the program, you as a cadet on average 2 weeks to learn a topic. With mandatory minimum classroom hours, it also meant that you could ill afford to take a… Continue reading Remembering why you’re there

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Understanding Wx

Does anyone actually understand weather? So as I wind down from another bout of exams, I begin to see textbook theories whirl into life with especially MET (Meteorology). When I went home a couple months ago the weather was stunningly hot, so hot it was almost like a blocking high pressure system was sitting over… Continue reading Understanding Wx

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Ground school time

It's been a while since I’ve posted but for good reason since starting ground school. I’ve run down so many pens I’ve lost count, cut down so many trees for paper and sucked out energy from my iPad faster than my 8 year old mobile phone, and have since lost track of time. What is… Continue reading Ground school time

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Reminiscing on interviews on assessment day

I remember this one, the group and one to one interviews for a couple of reasons.   I remember the group interview because on the day of my assessment, the 12 of us struck up a decent rapport seeing that we were 12 strangers stuck in a room together (OK, we moved into three different… Continue reading Reminiscing on interviews on assessment day

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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)

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Preflight (CTC) 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 (CTC) 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)