On 26th November I went down to Waterford to meet the team and tour the facilities of the Pilot Training College. I also had a sim check as a final part of the assessment. The purpose of the sim check is not to see how good you are at flying – it’s to see if you’re teachable. The instructor gives you instructions: fly to this height and this heading and then you follow them. They tell you everything you need to know in order to do that; after all, this is a course designed for those with very little or no flying experience. We were in their FNPT II simulator – more info here. The time in the simulator was fantastic. The visuals were very good and the realism of the flight controls was impressive. Even though it wasn’t a motion simulator it was a very realistic experience.
They were happy with the sim check so we had a look at the rest of the facilities. The staff are all very pleasant and helpful. Before committing to anything I decided I would go to the Oxford open day and take an assessment with them as well. More details in the next few posts.