The Inertial Discumbobulator Has Failed to Reciprocate

As previously stated, our instrument teacher is a comedy genius and just might be one of the best teachers I have ever encountered.  He is extremely knowledgeable on his subject (as you would expect) but also on the English language.  He explains things in a terrific manner and often with much humour.  Today we were discussing the inertial navigation system and how it warns of errors and then the procedure for identifying them and correcting them.  The error he came up with was that the ‘inertial discumbobulator has failed to reciprocate’ which makes absolutely no sense but the way in which he said it just cracked me up.

What else is going on since T1’s?  We’ve finally finished propellers and made our way on to gas turbines, we’ve covered way too much AC Electric theory and nightmarish amounts of stability and control in Principles of Flight.  Other subjects such as Human Performance and Airframes & Systems are seeming to flow along nicely (or so it seems!).  Meteorology you ask?

Sunset at Eynsham Hall

Sunset at Eynsham Hall

There were some recent JAR examinations (the big ones, the real thing) recently which means some more people have left Eynsham Hall to go on to bigger and better things like Arizona and aircraft.  As far as I’m aware, there are only three of us left here now.  We’re extremely lucky, the surroundings are wonderful and the facilities are great.  The sunset picture was taken just last night and it was taken by my phone so it’s not the best.  I don’t take much time to get my ‘proper’ camera out at the moment.

All in all, things are going well here in North Leigh.  I wouldn’t have said the same thing yesterday, it was a tough one and I let it get on top of me.  Today has been far more positive and far more productive as a result.  To enable tomorrow to be as positive as possible I’m going to go and get a decent sleep.  Bye for now.

Post Exam Debrief – or Relief?

My three-day weekend.

Last weekend was the run up to the first school tests, aptly named Test 1’s.  As previously mentioned (I think), these tests are to see how we’re doing and how well we’re receiving the ‘stuff’ being taught.  The three-day weekend was a life saver, I don’t know how I would have covered all that I wanted to without it.  Notice how there isn’t a book in sight in the picture?  No comment.

Runway parallel with the coast, crosswind due to sea breeze.

Super cool diagram.

Above is one of my super cool diagrams.  Probably one of the best I have ever done.  The thing is, they don’t really need to be so detailed.  I was trying to visualise which way the crosswind would be coming from when approaching in a particular direction.  Notice how I put the wrong approach on first!  Like I say, they don’t need to be so detailed, I was just looking for a way out of answering more questions.

Drawings help you out in a number of subjects – instruments, meteorology, and some systems stuff too.  I used drawings in many of my recent tests, I’m certain they earned me a good few marks.  I’m not quite ready to publish my results to the entire world, it is sufficient to say that I did well enough to not have to see the chief ground instructor or be thrown off the course.  I’m relieved, I worked really hard over the last six weeks.  I was worried that I wouldn’t get the grade I expected because I wasn’t sure what I would do differently to improve.  So, relief all round.  I’m going to have to keep up that pace to maintain (and hopefully improve) my score throughout the next six weeks.

Sunday Lunch

Here’s one I made earlier.

It’s important to eat well when you’re working really hard, hopefully that is common knowledge.  I don’t make a Sunday lunch everyday, but it does make a nice treat on a Sunday afternoon when there’s a bit more time to make one.  I’m a cheat, I think everything on the plate was frozen an hour before the photo was taken.  Everything except the gravy that is, that was still powder.

My family were down for the weekend, that was most enjoyable.  Had they been down the previous weekend I would hardly have seen them.  There was much good food to be had over the weekend too.  The weather was amazing and I had no studying to do.  All this combined made for a wonderful weekend.  Now…back to work!