Month: February 2008

Sevilla!

We recently did our land-away cross country trip, Jerez (LEJR) to Sevilla (LEZL).  We set off in the morning and came back in the afternoon.  The navigation exercise to Sevilla involved, amongst a standard navigation exercise, practice in diversions, hazard avoidance, as we were passing around an active danger area where parachute jumping was going on, and some general aircraft handling.  Here are a few photos from the trip:

Arrival:

We were lucky enough to watch a Beluga land just after we vacated the runway!

Me and my flying partner, next to the PA28 parked at Sevilla Airport.

And a couple of photos of the departure:

I did a few touch and goes at Sevilla – the runway is huge!  I’ve only got few solo flights to go before my first flight test now.  The test will consist of a flight that lasts around 2.5 hours and everything that we’ve learnt so far will be put on test!

TCU, CBs and little flying!

Not much flying has been going on this week due to a low pressure system pushing it’s way through causing beautiful cauliflower shaped clouds.. that won’t let us fly! It’s given me some time to catch up on some reading though, so despite it being frustrating not being able to fly, I won’t complain too much!  Progress test 1 for the flying side is coming up soon, I’m a few flights away.  I’ve got a few solo navigation & general handling flights and a couple of dual navigation sorties to Sevilla, which I’m looking forward to!  Unfortunately the trip to Sevilla got cancelled today due to the weather, hopefully we’ll be going on Friday!

Also here are a couple more pictures of Gibraltar I’ve got to share in addition to those from my last post:

Groundschool Progress Tests

We’ve been busy with written progress tests – this week and last week. Dividing time between flying and groundschool work was quite a challenge! This is the reason to why progress tests are done over two weeks in Phase 2 of training. A lot of the knowledge from the Phase 1 groundschool subjects now has to be applied – so it’s no good memory dumping it after exams! Progress tests went well.. but trying to get out to fly has been a bit of a challenge due to the weather.

Lately it’s been too windy to fly in the afternoon so since flights were cancelled, so we decided to make a quick trip to Gibraltar to do some shopping. A friend of mine was a BMW convertible, so we took it for a drive to Gibralatar! Never sat in a convertible before, so it was a lot of fun! I wanted to get a few home comforts, and then we went up for a drive up the rock and stopped to take a few photos.