Month: August 2007

End of Week 9 PTs and Reports

In the first few weeks of groundschool, I found that I had very little, if any, work to do… but things move very fast and one soon has to put in at least 30 minutes to an hour of work each day to consolidate the material taken in during the day. Then as the week 9 progres tests approach, everyone gets their heads down and start studying and there is less and less spare time!

Most week 9 test results are put on display in the instructor’s staff room, just hours after the test, and we all rush over to check our marks! De-briefs for each tests are held the day after they are taken. This is when we go through the test, going through anything that’s not understood or where any errors in the test are highlighted and where any credit should be given and has not been, is given out.

The seating plan has been changed after the week 9 progress tests. Most people aren’t accustomed with the new seating plan right away, but we’ve all now gotten used to it.

We had interviews today, in which we were presented with our reports. This is where each instructor is required to comment on a student and give marks for attendance, class contribution, human factors and assimilation. I think human factors assess personality, group interaction – and how you’ll fit into the airline environment. Assimilation is about how much material a student is able to process and learn during class. The reports may not be accurate in respect to how a student really is, but it is in the sense of how a student is perceived – and we have been told from the start that the industry is all about perception. For example, if someone is confident out of class but lacks it, in class, then they will be perceived to be someone with a lack of confidence – even if it is not true in general.

So far, I’m pleased with my tests and report.. and had a week off after the tests and I think I’m ready to get back to working and soon delve in again to prepare for the mock JAA exams which are only about 2 months away.

La Barrosa (Chiclana de la Frontera)

No rain today… so we decided to head for the beach! We’ve heard a lot about La Barrosa – from instructors and a friend of mine who had visited the beach, with her parents. It was a pleasant 25 minute drive to La Barrosa, which is just outside the town of Chiclana, south of Jerez.

A smaller stretch than Cádiz, but quieter:

Clear and cleaner water than in Cádiz:

Myself and Mahmoud enjoying the La Barrosa!

Had a wonderful weekend to relax and recover!

Rainy weekend… so far.

Went out for ice cream on yesterday – Ben managed to find a comfortable seat:

Enjoying the ice cream:

We met thunder and lightning as we made our way back to FTE later, yesterday evening. Earlier on today, it really rained down hard – many roads in town were flooded which made it very difficult to drive around. We were caught in it, as we had gone into town to go shopping and eat out. I think this is the first time I’ve seen it rain so much, in Spain.

It’s been nice to have a stress-free, relaxing weekend again.. even if the weather hasn’t been so great!

Week 8 & Week 9

Most of week 8 of the course was spent revising for the exams in week 9.  It’s difficult to get back down to studying in the evenings after a full day of school.  Didn’t do much on the weekend before week 9 other than go out for ice cream!  We decided to go for ice cream every Friday evening!

Passed all of my week 9 progress tests, and quite pleased with them and happy that they’re over… just got to “look forward” to the mock exams and then the real exams in just over 2 months.

Will be updating this blog more often now that these tests are over!

Week 7

I’m quite behind on updating this blog since we’ve been having to sit many tests up to now, leading up to our Week 9 progress tests!  Went home on the weekend to catch up with family and also collect some of my belongings to bring back over to Spain!  The trip was refreshing, and it’s always a pleasure to see family and friends from back home.  The weather wasn’t so bad in UK either – I was lucky enough to experience some pleasant weather on Saturday.  A weekend trip is very very short – the flight departs Jerez at 7pm and arrives around 5pm on the Sunday, leaving only Saturday as the full day in UK.

Next week brings some more tests and study for the Week 9 progress tests, which must be passed in order to progress on the course.

Will catch up with blog updates very soon!