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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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Flying through the air, Mental travel stories, Uncategorized

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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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)

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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)