‘Panorama’ is the final video showing our flight training out in New Zealand. The footage was taken over a period of four days on a ‘flyaway’ where we completed our IFR flying phase. In essence, we took three Cessnas to Napier (an airport on the east coast) and based ourselves there to complete the five IFR flights. Due to it’s location, it enabled us to fly to the South Island as well as visit some awesome places on the North Island too. I certainly feel very privileged to say that my first ever ILS approach was flying a 172 into Wellington International (which was full of A320s, ¬†737s and lots of other interesting aircraft types). The video aims to capture some of the incredible sights that we saw whilst on the trip and show you just one of the reasons why pilots love going to work!!

We all had an absolutely incredible time in New Zealand, and we are now back in the UK to begin our upset recovery and multi-engine flying phase before moving onto the Airbus A320 simulator in a matter of weeks. A new blog post is coming very soon, but in the meantime I hope you enjoy the video.

Speak soon!

Returning to the skies

It’s been two years since I last flew an aircraft solo, and it’s been almost a year since I’ve flown one with an instructor so, needless to say, it has been absolutely amazing to get back in the sky after all this time. Nothing quite beats the feeling of waking up on a sunny¬†morning for a flying lesson, and I’m feeling very privileged and thankful to be out here doing just that. As it has been a while since I flew regularly I was well aware that I could be quite rusty, but thankfully after a few lessons it all started to feel very familiar and it has been great to learn new skills and improve on things that I covered during my flying back in the UK. Now, this post is quite picture heavy so you may have to scroll for a while (I promise that it’s worth it)!!

Awesome views whilst flying at 6500ft over the coast near Raglan
Me on finals for Runway 18L!

As is always the way, the course out in New Zealand is passing by very quickly. After completing our Air Law and NZ Differences exams, the flight training started with four simulator sessions looking at the basics of flight, the G1000 system, as well as a brief introduction to IMC flight to allow us to appreciate the differences even at this early stage of training. After that, we began lessons on basic control, steep turns, stall, stall recovery and circuits and circuit emergencies in the Cessna 172. The lessons are all 1.3 hours in length, and cadets usually report to the training centre around two hours before the off blocks time to allow time for flight preparation, which includes: Continue reading “Returning to the skies”