I have officially made it through ground school. Today was the last day of our ATPL classes. Aircraft General Knowledge, Performance, and Instrumentation are all done. In total 14 subjects are covered, and only some CAA exams left. Almost exactly one year since the first day at the academy.
The next CAA sitting will take place in September and should have been my last sitting. Regrettably, since I failed two exams during my very first sitting, I will use an extra sitting to re-do those. Anyhow, I will first focus on doing my best for AGK, PERF, OPS, and INST this time. It is a time for every purpose, I guess.
One year with a full-time theory schedule has been pretty exhausting and time-consuming. Still some time left before my exams, so I will not have to rush any preparations yet. First of all, I will enjoy some well deserved days off.
Tomorrow I will head to my second home, Gdansk. It has already been 7 months since last time, the pandemic combined with classes has made the commute a little fancy. Lucky to finally be able to go.
I am excited and very ready to continue this journey and learn how to fly for real. Fingers crossed for the weather this fall, and no more pandemics, please.
During the first week with AGK, we have studied landing gear, piston engines, airframes, hydraulics etc., which was a perfect opportunity to get to visit the hangar.
Friday we got a tour to take a closer look at the different parts. Very helpful to see real-life examples of all the small details we are taught in class. It fascinates me to learn about how everything is connected and that nothing is left to chance. A fun and a convenient day at school.
The coming week will be busy as it is already time for the first progress tests for this subject. Feels good to be back in the classroom. The final stage of theory lessons before it is time to fly.
After waiting for months, it was eventually time for CAA exams again. This sitting was originally scheduled in March, but then corona happened and the student life was paused for a while. Finally done and it feels good to close the never-ending second sitting chapter.
Now we are allowed back to school again for lessons in the three remaining subjects. Aircraft General Knowledge, Instrumentation, and Performace. And to be honest, everyday life is pretty underestimated. Fun to be back on track. 😄
Little did I know when I packed my suitcase and flew over to mama on the 13th of March. This whole situation lasted a little longer than expected and it has already been two months since I left Sandefjord.
Norway is basically up and running again and hopefully, my school is soon to be as well. At least we have finally got confirmed our CAA exam dates. So in three weeks, I will sit for my block 2 exams originally planned in March. I cannot wait to be done and to be able to continue with the remaining subjects. Until then, exam preparations will be the main factor on my to-do list.
Happy about the time I got to spend with family but also very happy about being back to my own routines. Early mornings alone is quite underrated. Also, the May weather and the brighter evenings makes life a little easier.
Easter is history and it is time to get back to business again.
The schools are slowly opening again here in Norway, but mostly for the youngest children. My flight school is apparently not one of them. It is hard to keep the required social distance in our classrooms, even harder in the aircraft and simulators, so we will not be able to get back yet. So far no ground school nor flight training.
In the meantime, we are making the most of it and will continue our distance learning for the coming weeks. Moving on to Aircraft General Knowledge and firstly, we will cover Electrics. Excited for the new subject, I think I will enjoy this one!
Hopefully we are slowly on our way back to normal now.
The Government has decided that Norway is in lockdown until after Easter (at least). This brings a lot of challenges for my flight school with regard to flight operations and ground school. Although, I feel like one of the lucky ones for currently having theory only. I can study and do my tasks at home.
DISTANCE LEARNING Since my class was not able to sit for our CAA exams this time, we have proceeded with the lessons as per scheduled originally. Due to the virus outbreak, we are not allowed to physically go to school, and instead, we have started the new semester with distance learning.
We are following our instructors’ lessons through videopresentations and we are given different tasks to finish for due times. The progress tests also continue as before but from home. A new situation both for students and instructors, but I think it is solved in a convenient manner.
On the other hand, I am lucky that I am a student right now compared with all airline employees laid off these days. The good news is, for each day passing, we are one day closer to get our lives back to normal. Stay home and take care ❤️
One year has passed since my initial medical examination and that means it is time to revalidate the certificate. I was supposed to have my medical check in Tønsberg, but as this COVID-19 situation appeared, I fortunately got a last-minute appointment here in Sandnes.
I started with filling out a standard form followed by blood and urine samples, balance exercises, eyesight/vision tests, blood pressure, weight and height. Pretty much a simplified version of the initial examination. I got some updated allergy medicines as well, so now I am prepared for spring and summer.
The check took about 1 hour and everything was fine. 3100 NOK poorer, good to go and certificate valid for one more year.
Due to the challenges Norway and the rest of the world are facing right now, the Norwegian CAA exams are all canceled for the coming weeks. No one knows for how long, and that’s totally fine, our health is the most important altogether. Hopefully, this crisis will cease faster than expected. Fingers crossed.
I was supposed to go to Poland after my exams and during Easter, but as for now, it looks like the smartest thing to do is to stay in Norway.
I’ve lucky enough managed to fly over to my mum for now. Such a surreal situation being the only passenger on board the flight to get here. A big thanks to Widerøe for still flying.
Already the end of February. Once again, time flies!
School is going fine and so far I´ve enjoyed the subjects. We have already finished both Radio Navigation and Meteorology. It has been so cool to know and understand more about the weather phenomena occurring around the world and to reflect on how much a pilot´s life revolves around the weather.
And by the way. A few weeks ago we got a little sneak peek of the B737 simulator during RNAV class. Mostly to take the theory into practice. Excited for what the future holds!
Nowadays my days are spent reading Air Law and Flight Planning. Mostly it´s about plotting charts and learning laws and regulations. When finishing the two subjects it´s time for CAA exams again. Before that, I am ready for some more weeks of hard work and dedication.
Weekend is almost over and tomorrow it’s back to business. Ciao ciao ✈️
December has been all about charging my batteries for the challenges that await me in 2020.
I haven´t done too much, but luckily I´ve had the time to visit both Robin in Gdansk, my mum on the west coast of Norway and my dad in winter wonderland. Pretty much covered it all.
I’ve enjoyed my mum’s homemade food, spent time with family, been out skiing and I’ve eaten loads of Christmas candies.
Moving on to one of the highlights of my month off. I luckily got to hang out with some of my former colleagues on my way from SVG to OSL. It has been quite a while since last time I jumpseated. So much fun to see how much more I understand now, compared with before I started my flight training. Such a motivation boost aswell.
Robin is arriving later today, and we will head to the cabin for New Years’. Another chance for both of us to relax, and most importantly, I will try to learn the Swede how to do cross-country skiing!
On Friday it´s time to go back to Sandefjord already and next week it´s back to school again. Time flies. Ciao!