Ok, so first things first, I'm writing this post using the Weebly iPad app instead of my laptop, and I'm using a Bluetooth keyboard with my iPad, which can be a bit sketchy sometimes, so there may be some weird formatting and spelling mistakes while I get used to this setup.
So Ground School is done, WOOHOO!!
I passed both my simulator checks with no problems. In Europe when you do a Type Rating for a new aircraft you have to do 4 circuits in the actual aircraft as well, I never had to do that in Oz, so this was something new. We did have a few problems with the circuit training however - it turned out that our instructor had an expired license. And not just recently expired, but 7 MONTHS ago!! Thanks to this cock up, 3 of us had to repeat the circuit training, which led to a delay getting our new licences issued, which led to 3 days of missed work.
So yeah, thanks for that ATR.....bloody Frenchies!!
After we finished in Toulouse, I got a week off at home with the family. Spending 6 weeks away from my wife and kids was truly horrible, I don't recommend it to anyone! The boys were pretty happy to have their daddy home. So was the wife ;)
Then we had to spend 10 days in Exeter learning some airline specific stuff. This was all fairly simple and straight forward. We had a weekend off in the middle and decided to rent a car and drive to Land's End...not my idea, but hey, it was a day out at least.
Now we are back in Sweden and I started my Line training last week. I can't really describe how good it feels and how happy I am to be back behind the stick again. It feels like I'm back where I belong :) I've had a double overnight so far, which was 9 sectors, and I'm finishing up my 20 sectors this week which is the minimum required to do the Line Check. When I pass that, the training is officially complete, though it takes a few months in any new job to really learn all the tricks of the trade.
I'm really enjoying flying the ATR 72-600. Yes, it's underpowered compared to he Dash-8, but the systems are fantastic, it handles great, and it's SO easy to land!
I'm sitting in a hotel room in Visby at the moment, which is an old fortified town on an island off the coast of Sweden. And the sun just came out, so I'm going to end here and go exploring.
My name is Ryan, and this is my blog.
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