Monday, November 24, 2014

Studying for ATPL Theory

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I started to study for theory exams, there is 14 exams in total. Right now I've completed the subjects: Principles of Flight, Human performance & Limitations and Performance. In our school if you want to have the official exam which is 20th of January, you have to pass an internal school exam, which is this Friday.

So I have to study for this three subject, but how do we study ?

First of all there are books, it helps a lot when you don't get something during a lecture. You can always look for more details. To be more prepared for the exams we also use a digital database of ATPL. You can easily google search it. It helps a lot, shows your week spots so that you can specifically study that parts.

Now i have to study more, take care !

Friday, November 14, 2014

Boeing vs Airbus (1. Exterior )

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I am going to compare Boeing 737 and Airbus a320 as an amateur aviator.

I simply see Boeing and Airbus like a DSLR camera, one of them in on Manuel mode (Boeing) and the other one is on Auto mode ( Airbus ).

First of all lets see how we can differentiate this two beautiful bird.



A320

On top there is A320 and on bottom 737-800.

Firstly, as you can see B737 has more pointed nose (nose cone) compare to A320.

When we give a closer look to their landing gear, it can be easily said that a320 is slightly higher then 737.





737-800

On the wings the difference is more obvious, B737 has winglets like fins on the other hand A320's winglets like a fish's tail.

There is also a difference on engines, remember A320 is higher then a 737, thats why 737 engine covers are flattened due to ground clearance. A320 on the other hand have round shaped engine cover.



Of course those statements are valid for Airbus A320 and Boeing 737-800NG. New Airbus A320 Neo also has winglets like fins ( They are called sharklets ). However, there will be still difference because the new Boeing 737 Max models will have an unique winglet design.


A320 Neo
737 Max



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

How did I get here ?

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You know what they say, the way to the success is never easy.

2 years before my graduation I was already searching the best way to become a pilot. There were not many options. Either i would pay around 100k $ or manage to get in one of the Airline's cadet pilot program.

Choice was easy, neither me or my family had that money; in fact i was barely making money to support myself. So I had to get ready for hard exams for ab-inito program.

First goal was to get a TOEFL, It is not easy in many ways, even though my English was slang I got a really high score just by solving 4 sample exams. ( I can give you tips about it ).

Secondly, i had to graduate. Well that was easy, i was on my last semester, my graduation project was good no problem right ? NO ! All of a sudden i learned that ( 1 day before TOEFL ) I've failed a 0.5 ETCS course which is only available on Spring semester. It was a Jackass Professor who thinks playing with students career is fun. Whatever... somehow I managed to pass it on make-up exams.

V1, rotate.... positive rate; gear up. Not that easy.

There was 2 options on ab-initio program. I chose MPL one, selection procedures were faster and training was definitely in Europe plus; with the B737 type rating all training takes around 18 months.

Now selections...

1- I had a talent test. We can call it an IQ test also. You have to be sharp, fast and smart but its not a big deal.

2- If you succeed 1st step, you get a manual about C172, how to climb how to turn, instruments scan cycles, correct power settings etc. then you get an exam about that book. If you pass the exam the fun part begins. Simulator, many of the candidates are fail there ( about 50% ) you have to fly about 1 hour, first 30 mins you have instructor with you, always correcting and showing the proper way. But in second 30 mins you are on your own. Don't crush and hope that you obey every word he said on first attempt.

3- Congratulations, you have passed simulator, now you have an interview with flight-school. They saw that you are trainable on simulator but how is your personality ? But think this one a preparation for the Company interview. If you pass this they will give you a feedback, try to correct yourself until next one.

4- I feel a great disturbance in the Force, because it was the hardest interview I've ever been. It took me almost 1,5 hours. Not kidding. I don't exactly know what they want, they know who you are  if you have a weakness they will find it and they will kill it. Try to be positive until the end.

Okay thats all for now.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

a Journey to Frankfurt

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Frankfurt always has been a sacred place for pilots. It is one of the biggest hub in Europe. It is also base of several airlines. Frankfurt is also a sacred place for me, but in a different way.

Its been almost 3.5 years since i left Frankfurt, it was the place i learned German from scratch. I made many bonds with lots of people, and last weekend i discovered that the bonds we made are still strong. In language school everyone had a goal and now they reached their goals, nevertheless people who were friends in there are still close.

What is so special about Frankfurt ?

Well, first of all it is the first place i've been abroad. Also it is the place i improved my English. ( bit funny though I wanted to learn German )

Actually Frankfurt is more than that, its Apfelwein, pretzels, grüne soße are really unique, however my personal favourite is Frankfurter the best sausage eva ! View of skyline is also really nice ( well don't compare it with New York )

Good thing about this journey that, I drove all the way from Maastricht to Frankfurt and did almost 700km on weekend.

It was nice to speak some German, plus i took some photos that i think they are really nice.

For now, i don't have any lecture until next tuesday.

And I already finished the lectures, Principles of Flight and Performance.

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Mycelia Shopping Mall 
Commerzbank Tower

Main River 
Main River and Dom