Turkish Airlines TV Advert

This is a brilliant TV advert for Turkish Airlines. The advert is in Turkish but it doesn’t really need any translation.

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Week 13 – School Finals

This is the week we have been building unto for 3 months, School Finals!

Piper Seneca VThe week began with with the final few days of study leave. Amy and I drove back from Devon on Sunday night (with me doing more studying in the car). Monday and Tuesday were both more of the same – studying! I needed to be back in Oxford on Wednesday to register with the CAA for my e-exams. I left London at 06.30 hoping to get through central London before the start of the congestion charge. The actual registration was very straight forward and only took half an hour. Following registration ‘I went back to Langford for some last minute revision.

Thursday was the first exam day. We had Instrumentation, Airframe Systems and Meteorology. The first two exams went really well, however i didn’t feel very confident with Meteorology. That night I did some final prep for Fridays exams. After Meteorology I wasn’t feeling very confident with the last few exams, which made Thursday evening go very slowly.

On Friday we had Human Performance, Principles of Flight and Comms (VFR & IFR). I left Principles of Flight feeling unconfident again. We have heard from other courses that Met and PoF are the two hardest exams so its no surprise I didn’t feel too confident.

After a short wait we were given our results:

  • Airframe Systems – 81%
  • Meteorology – 75%
  • Instruments – 95%
  • Human Performance – 82%
  • Principles of Flight – 70%
  • VFR Comms – 75%
  • IFR Comms – 88%

This gave me an average of 82%. I am really happy with these grades and I now know exactly where to focus for my EASA exams in week 15. I am now on study leave again for the next week.

Week 12 – Study Leave 1

Helicopter at OXFThis week has been very different to any week so far as I have spent most of it on study leave preparing for my school finals.

On Monday we still had four hours of Meteorology to complete so I went back to Oxford on Sunday night as usual, however this time Amy came with me! Th final few hours of Met was really useful. We had a different instructor also as our usual instructor was away on holiday. Having completed the subject and having a different way of explaining things really helped to firm up my knowledge. At the end of the four hours I felt like I was ready for study leave.
As we finished at lunch most of the course got together to go out for lunch. Amy joined us too which was lovely!

M4 SunsetThe rest of the week has been a very strict regime – Up at 7.30, go for a quick walk after breakfast, work from 09.00 – 21.00. This is the most motivated i have ever been whilst studying so hopefully it will pay off next week! As this weekend is a bank holiday Amy wanted to go to Devon to visit her parents so we left London late Thursday. It has been nice to have a change of scenery for a few days (although I am still studying most of the day so i get to see a different desk!). We will be heading back to London tomorrow (Sunday) evening so that i can have a few days (studying) at home before I go back to Oxford for my school finals!

The end of Phase 1 is in sight!

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Week 11 – METAR, SIGMET, TAF

Week 11 was our final full week of Ground School Phase 1!
Oxford Aviation Academy tailpainAt the beginning of the week I was expecting a difficult week with lots of cramming, however most of the week was centred around revision. Revision sessions are always reassuring that I actually do know a lot more than I think I do.
By the end of the week we had completed the syllabus in Human Performance, Electrics, Engines, Airframe Systems, Instrumentation, Principles of Flight and Communications. That just leaves us with Meteorology! On Monday (week 12) we have been timetabled for 4 hours of Met, which will complete the syllabus and leave us with over a week of study leave before our school finals in Week 13. We have also found out that due to the new e-exams we are likely to do our finals on the Thursday/Friday instead on Tuesday/Wednesday, which gives us even more time to study!

OXFOn Thursday we had a mock Instruments exam. The main purpose of the exam was for the school to test the new e-exam system but it was incredibly useful for us to see exactly what we would score in our school finals. All in all my result was good and I have a very clear idea of what I need to do to score well in the final exams. On Friday I stayed in Oxford a bit later and picked Amy up in Swindon (on her way back from Devon). I usually don’t end up doing a lot of work on a Friday night so it was good to have 5 hours with noting else to do except study! On Saturday (yesterday), after a full day of studying Amy and I went to celebrate Frances and Jimmy’s engagement at a lovely little pub in Islington. It is always nice to have something planned for a Saturday night or I would probably spend the whole evening with my nose in a  text book!

Tomorrow (Monday) is our final day of Phase 1. As I’m only back for the morning Amy is going to come with me and then (hopefully) we will have a nice lunch with the rest of my course mates.