A visit to the Cessna

Myself in Cessna 152 OH-CAP.

This week during General Safety class we went to check out the placement of emergency gear in a Cessna. A fire extinguisher is located between the front seats strapped to the floor and a first aid kit can be found from the back of the plane. No inflatable slides on this one. While at it, we each had a chance to sit in the cockpit to see how it feels sizewise and everything. It felt just fine to me! I could sense a hint of excitement in myself as well as the others. I suppose everyone is eager to fly. Well, in a few weeks…

This week we had 2.5 days of Aircraft General Knowledge. It has been a while since I have heard so many new words in a day. But what an amazing subject! We had an awesome teacher. An older gentleman who has done a long career in Finnair Technical Services, now retired. I’m convinced there is nothing he doesn’t know about airplanes. We covered aircraft powerplant, the Boxer engine, and its’ systems like cooling, lubrication and ignition. The freezing of a carburetor and the fix for it was emphasized as well as the fuel system. We went on with the airframe and its’ structure, wings, rudder, elevator, ailerons, flaps, landing gear, hydraulics, electronics, flight and engine instruments, their operating principles and errors, pitot-static system, and finishing up with the airworthiness of an aircraft. It was quite a package, but extremely interesting. The exam is next week so I have a lot of reading to do. Here’s a little clip about a Boxer engine at work:

We also started with Air Law and Communications this week. Air Law covers aviation regulations and there’s a lot of  sections to go through. Communications covers radio communications, a bit of morse code, standard words and phrases, like MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY, and of course the phonetic alphabet and numbers. It’s all very interesting. Now I know why pilots sound a bit like Formula1 champion Mika Häkkinen when talking on the frequency. To P-R-O-N-O-U-N-C-E clearly. Here’s how you pronounce numbers correctly according to Finnish aviation regulations (GEN M1-8):

0    Zero                      Zi-rou 
1    One                       Van 
2    Two                       Tuu 
3    Three                     Trii 
4    Four                      Foor 
5    Five                      Faiv 
6    Six                       Siks 
7    Seven                     Sev-en 
8    Eight                     Eit 
9    Nine                      Nain-er 
100  Hundred                   Hand-red 
1000 Thousand                  Tau-send

Communications exam will be in two parts, a written exam and an oral exam to demonstrate knowledge and skill of aviation radio communications.

This coming week I’m looking forward to two full days of meteorology. But now back to books.

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8 responses to “A visit to the Cessna

  1. One of the best nuggets of advice I ever got. When you talk on the radio, dont try to be cool of use your radio voice. Just speak clearly, say exactly what you want to say and shut up. Do the same thing for your passengers and they will greatly appreciate it.

    I am proud of you!

  2. Hi Niina, I am enjoying the similarities between your Finnish program and mine in the USA. My friends also joke about inflating the slides in our little Cessnas. You are fortunate to have jet and multi-crew training planned in your program. Would you write an article about the financing? Do you pay the full cost of training?

    • Hi Robert, thanks for stopping by! I will have to look more deeply into your blog too. Had a quick look, looks very interesting. Regarding the financing, since the Finnish Aviation Academy is mostly government sponsored, the cost is only 12 800 euros. I’m not sure if I can write a whole post about that amount! I feel extremely priviledged to be in this school. It’s a tough selection and like many others, I didn’t make it on the first try.

  3. One of the secrets to good radio work is brevity. In my ATC internship I have seen, from the ATC side of the microphone, how much easier it is when people use the least amount of words possible on the frequency. And as a VFR pilot it’s nice when someone is concise.

    Does anyone speak Finnish on the radio, or is it all done in English?

  4. here in my school Nigeria, we do a lot of work in our aviation school, to meet up standards as we consider safety….

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