This week was the halfway point of ground school.
We've been flying the simulator every day the last week. I'm finding the ATR 72-600 a fairly easy aircraft to fly, when compared to the Dash-8 Q400. The systems are all very well thought out, and VERY easy to understand on the flight deck when things are going wrong, which makes things a lot less stressful.
Today we had a theory exam on the aircraft systems - 96%, thank you very much! After the exam we got to go on a tour of the ATR factory. I've never seen the inside of an aircraft factory before, it was very interesting. Unfortunately we weren't allowed to take any photos. ATR is experiencing a boom in business recently, after a downturn during the GFC. This year they've sold over 90 aircraft, and next year they predict sales of between 95 to 100 aircraft.
We saw one of the aircraft that we'll actually be flying for Flybe in a few weeks time. It's going through the final phases of construction now. It's going to be so cool flying a brand new aircraft!
Not much else to report from this week. I've had my head in textbooks all week prepping for the exam and for the sims. Oh, we did get a bit of a treat at the training center, the canteen had it's annual Christmas lunch for all staff and students. It was nice, brought a bit of Christmas cheer into an otherwise intense and stressful week!
The only photo I could take today on the ATR factory tour - the guys crammed into the back seat of the smallest car in France taking us to the factory....yes, I'm glad I called Shotgun!
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