Week 15 (2) – Phase One EASA Exams

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Here we go, the week my whole training has been building towards – Phase One EASA exams.

As this is the second time I had sat these exams I felt much more confident at the beginning of the week than I had for the previous exams. I already knew the process and what to expect when sitting the exams which relieved some of the fear of the ‘unknown’ (it didn’t relieve any of the pressure though!).

My schedule for the week was much nicer than the previous sitting as well:

Monday 7th July – Aircraft General Knowledge (Systems/Electrics/Engines)

Tuesday 8th July – Instrumentation

Wednesday 9th July – Principles of Flight

Thursday 10th July – Meteorology

PoFMost of the exams were at either 11.30am or 1.30pm which gave me more than enough time to go through some last minute notes before I went in. All in all I found the exams much better than the last time I sat them which I think was from a mixture of sitting in more classes and generally being more confident with the subject matter.
After my last exam on Thursday I drove back to London for the long agonising wait for results. Results were due out on Friday (11th July) and true to form the CAA maintained the pressure all day by drip feeding the results one by one with over an hour between some results. By about 2.30pm I had my final result and I can happily say that i will be progressing into Phase 2 with an average score of 86%. It is such a relief to know that I don’t have look at any of these subjects over the next few months and I can now move on to do something completely different.

Piper Seneca VSaturday was Oxford’s family day to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the company. I went along with Amy to show her around the school. Now I am on leave for the next week – I am planning a relatively relaxed week catching up with as many family and friends as possible.

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Week 9 – FMS, EFIS, IRS

Another week complete and another step closer to the phase 1 EASA exams.

Meteorology lessonThis week has seemed much more relaxed than any other week we have had so far, which is strange considering we are now only a few weeks away from our school finals. I think this is mainly due to the fact we have had 11 hours of CBT this week and have finished at 15:15 on most days.  I am finding CBT much more helpful than i did at first, especially when it is supported with classroom teaching.

A lot of the subjects we covered this week were much more relevant to modern aviation than previous weeks. Most notably Instruments where we looked at the Auto Pilot and Flight Management System (FMS). In Airframes we looked at emergency equipment, such as life rafts and emergency slides. In Principles of Flight we looked at manoeuvre limits, which basically gives you the G limits you can place on the aircraft whilst manoeuvring. In engines we looked at the reverse thrust, ignition system and APU for a gas turbine engine. In Meteorology we looked at depressions and tropical storms, one of the few Met subjects that I actually found interesting. We have now finished the syllabus for Human Performance and Electrics so we are now moving into revision – which is great with 3 weeks to go!

CBT QuestionTuesday was our usual pizza night in Kidlington. This week most of the course joined us, which was nice to have a break from our usual classroom antics.
On Thursday I went out for dinner with a few of my course mates, again it was nice to have some time away from the books.

This weekend is mostly given to studying, even though it has been beautiful weather in London today. Tomorrow afternoon I am heading to Salisbury (on my way back to Oxford) as it is Amy’s Aunts 70th Birthday!