Today was the first day of school. It was a short day, basically an introduction to the training and the facilities of SL Flight Training. It was great to meet my classmates too. Such nice guys! We are only 6 from the SIO21 class, the rest are training at Patria Pilot Training, but next week a few of SL Flight Training’s own students will join us so I guess it’s gonna be a few more people sitting in the classroom after that.
Today we also got our books, a series of seven Air Pilot’s Manual books, probably familiar to many, and two books in Finnish about radio communication and human performance, as well as some regulations in the binder. We also got a navigation plotter and a circular computer, of which I will tell more about once I learn about them myself. Anyhow the packaging of the first one states “The most accurate way to get there and back” and the latter “The ultimate manual flight computer, useful in high and low speed problems”. I take their word for it.
The books cover the subjects of the PPL theory which we will go through during the next 5-6 weeks:
1 Air Law 2 Aircraft General Knowledge 3 Flight Planning and Performance 4 Human Performance and Limitations 5 Meteorology 6 Navigation 7 Operational Procedures 8 Principles of Flight 9 Communications 10 General Safety
This first week we will start with Human Performance and Limitations and Operational Procedures. We will take exams on every subject at the school as well as the Finnish civil aviation authority Trafi’s exams. The first school exam will be already on Friday on Operational Procedures. Human Performance and Limitations exam will be on Monday. No time to waste!
It looks like we will start flying in the end of March, before Easter. NF (Night Flying) training will be done in September since we won’t have time to do it this spring before the nights get too short in Finland. This week on Thursday and Friday we will have our introductory flights, if everything goes as planned. I am pretty sure it will act as a huge motivation boost to get through all those books and exams!