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.