Sunday 3 March 2013

Weekly Blog Update 03/03/2013

For any aspiring pilots out there, who similar to me have a copy of Microsoft Flight Simulator X but are often bewildered by the choice of doing circuits or actual airline operations, I would highly recommend the book "Microsoft Flight Simulator X
For Pilots: Real World

Well worth the money, after just a flicker through the pages I know already that I will use it to my advantage for future training. It seems to lure the basics of the real deal into FSX, using a Cub as the beginner aircraft to encourage the student to keep a good look out, a problem synonymous to FSX users when they transition to the cabin of their trainer. I might have only encountered an introductory flight, but I recognise the urge to keep your eyes fixed on the instrument panel like you have been doing with your virtual 737.

I hope it serves you as well as it will serve me!

Saturday 23 February 2013

Weekly blog update 23/02/2013

Avicii feat Nicky Romero - I Could Be the One.

This may seem  completely irrelevant to every AvGeek out there, or anyone reading this blog. But being stranded in school often renders me helpless. Maybe I'll be saying the same thing when I'm free and perhaps it's just an excuse, but why do I feel that I won't make it? Why do my insides tighten when I see someone passing their skills test and think that I'll mess my opportunity up in some way? A good record is imperative to be successful in the airline industry, and what happens if one silly maneuver could possibly mark the spiral descent of my aspirations?

There is no doubt that it's a risky stepping stone, and that being nervous is completely normal and possibly makes the experience all the more exciting. But my strive for perfection is possibly also my greatest weakness.

The reason why I posted the title of this song was to highlight that we are the only ones who can set ourselves free, and the motivation has to be within us to complete a task to the best of our ability. I have the motivation, I have the aspirations, but what next? I guess starting my Private Pilots License would be the answer to that, but (which happens to be my favourite word when it comes to embarking on my aviation career) what's restraining me?

School, money, thoughts of others. There's a culmination of reasons, and I guess just thinking too much about it is probably on the top of the list. The only person who can set you free is yourself, but I don't think that I have found that person yet.

Here's the link to the song and video if anyone would like to take a look!

Saturday 16 February 2013

Weekly blog update 16/02/2013

As ever, the mid-term break has come to a close prematurely and I must return to completing assigned homework tomorrow before I attend school for my second-last term ever on Monday morning. The leaving certificate is looming ominously ahead.

Unfortunately, there were no opportunities to go flying during the mid-term break, as a mixture of bad weather, miscommunication and aircraft unavailability decided the outcome of yet another introductory flight gone down the drain. It has been just under one year since my first flight in a PA28-140 EI-AOB at Ireland West Airport Knock (EIKN), and to be quite honest, far too long.

Nevertheless, flying may have to take the back-burner until June when I finish my leaving certificate and head  on my first international flight of 2013 to Abu Dhabi (AUH) to visit family. After that, I intend to complete a substantial amount of research into surrounding flight schools, their aircraft, and their dreaded prices.

As I am sure you have ascertained, the title of this post is "weekly blog update." Whether or not I will live up to this commitment, I am uncertain, but I certainly will try to fill my faithful followers in whenever I can, maybe even as a break from study.

I have updated my "About Me" section if you would like to take a look!

Thanks guys!

Wednesday 30 January 2013

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