So module 1 is finally finished, and it is time to move on to my next four subjects: Instruments (INST), Radio Navigation (RNAV), Flight Planning (FPL), and Performance (PERF). I’ve been looking forward to this subject a while as it contains some of the most practical and relevant subjects in the entirety of ground school – we also get a free sim session at some point, but more on that soon…
Before everything could kick off however, we were fortunate enough to get a long weekend after our exams, so as soon as my results came through I headed back up to Sheffield and surprised my family, who had no idea I’d be turning up! It was fantastic going home for the first time since moving out, though it felt very strange going back to my old room – especially having gotten used to my double bed in my CTC home. And of course, I was most pleased to be reunited with my dogs, who followed me everywhere for the majority of the time I was home!
I made my way home on Monday afternoon since I rescheduled my module 1 interview for the Tuesday morning, since otherwise I would only have been to CTC for that on Monday… Turns out that was a very wise plan as the interview took less than 10 minutes anyway – and fortunately there was nothing negative to be said of me! After a couple of hours waiting, we started our first class of module 2, basic instruments. It has to be said that this half of instrumentation is exceedingly boring as, while reasonably relevant to at least our basic flying, it is largely very repetitive and entirely fact based. Nevertheless, with a few hot chocolates to keep awake it really isn’t too hard to grasp – the main thing is understanding pressure relationships and a bit of gyroscopes. Fortunately this is also a relatively short subject too, and we finished the basic half the following day!
The other subject we studied this week was RNAV. This is all about the different radio navigation aids we can use, like NDBs, VORs and ILSs. Quite honestly another dull subject so far, there’s a lot of learning about frequencies, and going into incredible detail which doesn’t always seem incredibly relevant. Apparently that’s just because there’s a lot of specific knowledge to this subject however, and next week we’ll get on to discussing the uses of each navaid and do some exercises requiring some thought!
This week went incredibly quickly, especially thanks to only being four days long! I took the weekend as easy as possible, since the trip to Sheffield at the start of the week had been a lot of effort, as had staying awake for much of the rest of my time! Oh well, it’s all for the end goal, which is getting closer by the day – only 3.5 months until I’m up in the air again if all goes to plan! Hopefully I’m now back on schedule by the way, and I think I can keep weekly updates up for at least the next month!
Thanks for reading,
P.S. Can you believe my last weekly post was at week 4?! Time has flown by (and that pun is just unavoidable)…