These past three weeks I have been flying around Western Finland. I have visited eight new airfields, watched swans resting at a swamp as well as flying South beneath me, watched the fall arrive in form of the changing scenery and built over sixteen hours of PIC time.
We have been flying mostly in three shifts, morning, day and evening, between 8 in the morning and 8 in the evening. The timeframe has diminished every week due to sunrise becoming later and sunset becoming earlier. Mostly we have had a plane reservation for about four hours. Occasionally it can be longer. We can plan and execute a flight in that timeframe due to our liking. Four hours does set some limitations regarding how far you can go. But it’s been great flying around Western Finland and seeing many new airfields.
There have been some memorable moments. Seeing swans fly by is a great sight. Hearing Finnair 5 on the frequency on its’ way to New York is ever so exciting. Seeing places from the air you’ve been to so many times in your life is thrilling. Talking to your course buddy on the frequency when you arrive at the same airfield makes you think about how far we’ve already come in less than a year. It’s hard to describe the feelings you get flying up there. All I can say is that every once in a while I stop to think I am right here where I wanted to be, doing what I so long wanted to do. And then I always have to take a moment to appreciate that.
Flying will take a hiatus for a couple of months now. On Monday we start the IR theory. I’m looking forward to this next phase. PIC flying will continue later on alongside the IR flight training.
I will let the pictures do the rest of the talking this time.