It’s been far too long since I last updated. I’m now in the second phase of ground school with a bit of spare time during lunch so I thought I’d write a little about what is happening. I passed six out of seven of my phase one exams which overall I’m really pleased with. The re-sit is an inconvenience, nothing much more.
Phase two covers general navigation, radio navigation, aircraft performance, mass and balance, air law and operational procedures. So far it has got off to a good start, things are as intense as ever and I still find myself studying around the clock. The school finals and JAR exams are approaching all to fast already.
Today the whole of the course, AP313, made a trip down to London to the US embassy to sort out our student visas. The earlier you get there the better so we had appointments for 8am. That meant we had to leave at 4am. I woke up at 3:20am only two hours after I went to sleep. For some reason when I know I have to get up exceptionally early I always find it difficult to get to sleep. It really is a pain. We drove down to Kidlington, pick up a couple of the other lads and then headed for Oxford station. The train ride there was uneventful except for the twenty-minute delay but that still left us plenty of time to beat the queues at the embassy. The whole operation couldn’t have gone any more smoothly. Apart from the fact that I forgot to get the passenger discount code for the car park. We were in, approved and out within the hour.
After that we hiked back up to Paddington station to collect our phones etc, all the stuff the embassy wouldn’t let us take in. Not even electronic car keys are allowed. We then hiked across Hyde Park towards South Kensington to visit the science museum. The rest of the day was spent there before the group split. Some stayed and some left. I left along with a couple of others to get the 15:20 train home because the other one we had booked wasn’t until 19:00 and I would have had trouble maintaining consciousness by that point. The journey back was great as soon as we discovered we were on the wrong tube line, switched and ended up back at Paddington, right where we wanted to be. So that’s that. All visad up. Back to work.