The last few weeks have been extremely busy and exciting for me - I have now had my first passenger flights! But more on that later... first, base training.
Back on the 19th May two of my friends from CTC and I were given an A321 to play with for the day. We left from Manchester Airport with a Training Captain and a Senior First Officer and headed down to Chateauroux Airport for our circuits. Base training is the first time a pilot flies the aircraft type, so as you can imagine we were all extremely excited (and nervous!). We need to fly a minimum of six safe, on target landings in order to tick the box leading to us being licensed on the A320 family. The flying was all done manually, with only auto thrust being used. We were hoping to get a manual thrust circuit in, although due to the weather not being that great it was decided that it wasn't appropriate to do so. Of my six landings, three were full flap landings, three were flap 3 and then the final one was also without any ILS guidance/PAPI lights. It was an incredible day which we will never forget and we are lucky the three of us were rostered to do it together.
|Just a bit bigger than a DA42!|
|On the turnaround in Lanzarote|
|G-TCDZ, the aircraft used on my first line training flight|
This is sort of the end now, which is a great shame. I have really enjoyed sharing my journey with everyone and I sincerely hope you have enjoyed coming along with me. There have been ups, downs, side to sides and this blog has in many ways helped me get through it all. The past few years have been an absolute blast and I am so excited by what the future has in store. Keep your eyes peeled - there may be a few updates every now and again!
Thanks so much again,
|Arrived in Kefalonia!|
|A friend coincidentally arrived on the island that morning and was kind enough to get these photos of our approach|