It’s been quite a while since I last made a blog post on my training and what I’ve been up to. I am currently 10 flights off my first flight test, referred to as PT1 (Progress Test 1). PT1 will involve a recap and test on everything we have covered so far, that includes stalls, PFL’s, circuits, navigation skills and techniques as well as emergency procedures. So fingers crossed that all goes to plan! Once PT1 has been completed our attention turns to learning the ins and outs of the Diamond DA42 Twinstar as we move onto the ‘Wings Module’ section of the training course. I’m really looking forward to learning and getting my hands on the DA42 – most notably due to the fact its got two engines not one!
We have recently been completing a number of solo flights, mainly navigation and general handling to practise the sections involved in PT1. I will soon complete my Qualifying Cross Country (QXC) flight which involves flying to 3 different airports, completing over 300nm with a flight time of around 4 hours – the route will be from Al Ain to Fujairah and then Ras al Khaimah and back. Something to definitely look forward to. To become familiar with the route, I have completed a few solo flights to Fujairah, an airport on the East cost of the United Arab Emirates. See below for a beautiful sunrise!
Other than flying we have been enjoying days off relaxing, visiting Dubai a couple of times and chilling round the pool – although temperatures are now up to the low 40’s so I tend to take the shade! I also flew home for a week in April to celebrate my birthday and have some quality time with the girlfriend, family and friends! It provided me with some well needed motivation to push on and get the course finished as soon as possible.
On my flight back to the United Arab Emirates I flew on the 787 Dreamliner for the first time. It was a really nice aircraft with an ultra modern looking cockpit – however due to its size, I think I’d prefer to fly the A380 which I flew on the way to the UK!
Our new amended schedule also means I will be completing my Instrument Rating in Bournemouth as well as finishing our CPL there. Due to the UK CAA not allowing our CPL test to be conducted in the UAE, L3 have placed us in the UK for both the CPL Skills Test and the entirety of the IR. It’s quite handy as my family home is in Poole, just 20 minutes from Bournemouth Airport.
That’s all for now, hopefully I can update again soon with news on both my QXC and PT1. Thanks for reading and give me an email if you have any questions!