IR done!

Last self-training session before the skill test. I decided to fly into the sunset.

Last self-training session in the trainer before the skill test. I decided to fly into the sunset.

Well into my summer holiday it’s time to go back in time a few weeks and recap the IR skill test. It’s been such a busy start to the summer that I just haven’t found the time before!

I had my skill test for the Instrument Rating just over 3 weeks ago. First and foremost – I passed! I’ve already received my updated pilot’s license too, which in addition to SEP (land) now states IR(A). Pretty cool considering it was just a year ago I got my PPL. The school is over halfway done, just one more year left.

In the morning we had actual instrument conditions. The first time! Even the runway lights were on.

In the morning of the skill test we had actual instrument conditions for the first time! Even the runway lights were on. The weather got better quickly though.

Sampo getting ready to leave for Turku.

Sampo getting ready to leave for Turku.

We flew our skill tests in pairs just like the school flights. Mostly the plot was that the first student flew from Pori (EFPO) to Turku (EFTU) and the second one flew back. The basic maneuvering in instrument conditions was done in training area either in Turku or Pori.

Climbing out of Pori.

Climbing out of Pori.

The weather was much better outside Pori.

The weather was much better outside Pori.

Passing Turku airport on our way to training area.

Passing Turku airport at FL70 on our way to training area.

Turku archipelago.

Turku archipelago.

In addition to the basic maneuvering the skill test consisted of the cross-country part and the approaches. The skill test requires a precision and a non-precision approach to be made. An ILS approach was the precision approach and we made VOR and RNAV approaches as the non-precision ones. One of the approaches ended in a go-around, one was a touch-and-go and the last one obviously a full stop. Basic maneuvering included for example stall recoveries, slow flight, turns, recoveries from unusual attitudes with ADI inoperative, climbs and descents, everything to demonstrate your ability to control the plane in instrument conditions.

Descending through the clouds during approach to Turku runway 26.

Descending through the clouds during approach to Turku runway 26.

Me making a 45-degree turn on some other day.

Me making a 45-degree turn on some other day.

A couple of days after my skill test I renewed my class 1 medical. It’s now valid for one more year. The Instrument Rating is also valid only one year at a time. I’m starting to get used to all these checkups and testing!

Over 30 the EKG is required every 2 years.

Over 30 the EKG is required every 2 years.

It’s been a hectic spring at school with the IR training and the PIC flying. I’m so glad to have a long summer holiday. School continues in August with ATPL theory, lasting until the end of the year. It’s gonna be a lot of hours sitting in class. Preparing for it by staying on the move now as much as possible! Flying continues in 2015.

One morning we found a bird's nest in the Bonanza. Even they recognize a good airplane.

One morning we found a bird’s nest in the Bonanza. Even they recognize a good airplane.

The skill test was unfortunately also the last flight ever in the Bonanza. It was great to have the experience!

The skill test was unfortunately also the last flight ever in the Bonanza.

The skill test was unfortunately also the last flight ever in the Bonanza. It was great to have the experience!

It was great to have the Bonanza experience!

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8 responses to “IR done!

  1. Nina,

    Congratulations of completing this hurdle. Every segment that gets complete is one step closer to your goal. Sounds like you are doing great, best wishes and one more nugget of advice. “Keep the shiny side up!”

    • Thanks Rob! Yes and suddenly all those hurdles seem to be jumped so quickly. It’s been a long time coming making this dream come true and now it feels like it’s all flying by so fast!

  2. Congratulations! ATP training should be fun. Everyone here in the U.S. has to take or re-take a written test before August. It’s a popular topic now.

      • Everyone of the students. Because, on August 1 we will not be allowed to take the ATP test until we receive extra training. So it is better to take the test now. The test result is valid for 2 years.

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