With pride I can write that since this week-end, I am officially graduated as Private Pilot !
As you probably read on my previous posting : I’ve been waiting for almost 4 weeks till I got the chance to fly the obligated 150NM flight… Last week Monday, I suddenly received a GO from my instructor and performed as it should be ! Next flight was last Saturday : gusting crosswind in between 10-15 KTS, nice weather to train :S And then came along Sunday 23/Mar 2008 : I got up at 7AM, called my instructor at 8AM to discuss the weather, arrived in the club at 9AM to prepare everything and to fly some “warming up” circuits, and at 10AM my exam started !
3 phases :
1) Verification of my papers, the weight&balance calculation and my abilities to check on NOTAMs, PIBs, METAR & TAF, … Then we proceeded with thorough external pre-flight check of the plane and related questions, some questions even addressed the engine and related components
2) Circuits : normal circuit, precision landing, go around, flapless, simulated forced landing, precautionary landing, everything you can imagine… Then we took a small break with a coffee
3) Now the real test began : a VFR navigation, EBOS-Torhout-Poelkapelle-EBNM.
Just when leaving the EBOS TMA, I informed Ostend Approach that we were first going to do some manoeuvring exercised above Torhout (steep turns, stalls, …) after which we concluded with the navigation to Poelkapelle. After visual verification, we continued with the last leg to Namur, but soon I was asked to make a (small) diversion to Moorsele EBMO : coming in the circuit on 1500ft (+looking out for parachutes) a go-around, and we left again direction seaside with some VOR tracking on KOK Koksijde & concluded with ADF homing on OO Ostend. We got in the left hand circuit for RWY 26 and my examinator took control of the plane. Gently he came in base, final, landed the small airplane …. I was expecting another challenge… BUT IT WAS FINISHED !!!
I want to thank Ludo for his attitude & discipline he puts into his lessons, Manuel+Paul+Johnny & Jenny of the NZVC club for their support, and my sister for her continuous belief in what I can do. The whole training was an adventure till now, and things are just starting now !!
Below some pics of my flight to EBSG Charleroi & EBSG Saint-Ghislain
CYA next time !!
prep of the flight :