It’s been a long time coming, over a year of CPL training and nearly 150 hours of flying later, I finally have my Commercial Pilot’s Licence! An incredible feeling and one I have been eagerly anticipating since I started my training.
Having been sat on the ground waiting for the poor UK weather to pass, the cloud finally broke and I was able to complete my test on Monday 18th November at L3’s UK base in Cranfield. The test was completed in a Diamond DA42 (G-CTCE) and consists of 6 main sections:
- Pre flight operations and departure
- General airwork: Stalls, steep turns, position fixing, intercepting and tracking radials
- Enroute navigation and diversion
- Approach and landing procedures
- Abnormal and emergency procedures
- Simulated asymmetric flight
The CPL test is designed to cover the practical side of the course on a multi engine aircraft in VFR conditions. On successful completion of the test, we move onto flying under IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) and begin to revise the published departure, holding, enroute and arrival procedures associated with it. I found the transition from VFR navigation in the middle of the desert to the green UK landscape quite a challenge, however with a number of CPL profiles and back seating numerous other cadets fights, I built confidence and managed to pass the CPL at the first attempt.
The test flew by (pardon the pun) and before I knew it my examiner was shaking my hand and congratulating me on passing. I felt more relief that anything as the weight was lifted off my shoulders and I could finally set my mind on the Instrument Rating which I started on 2nd December 2019 in Cork, Ireland with Atlantic Flight Training Academy.
At the end of September I also completed my Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) with CRM Aviation which was incredible. Putting the aircraft into unusual attitudes feels so unnatural but its an overwhelming adrenaline-filling activity.
Since passing my test, I have enjoyed some down time at home with friends and family but am now situated in Cork for the Instrument Rating and am a number of events into the syllabus. It finally starts to feel like things are beginning to move and the end is nearly in sight ready for the job hunt to start in the early part of 2020.
Thanks for all your support on this long journey!