The first phase of ground school came to an end on a high yesterday.
The class had been told to expect our EASA exam results sometime after 10 working days from our final exam. That day fell on Friday 25th October 2013, the day after my 20th birthday. There was certainly potential for it to be a memorable occasion...
We'd also been told we may collect the results after 11:00am on that day. Subsequently, the majority of us had a shock when the Senior Ground Instructor walked into our class just after our first lesson of the day, at around 9:45am, clutching a pile of official-looking A4 papers. As he began to distribute our individual results, the class sat quietly in anticipation. The previous 16 weeks of study culminated to this point. As I heard my surname called out, "May", my heart skipped a beat. This was the moment.
Fortunately, good news was delivered across the board as the vast majority of the class passed with very high percentages. Having myself anticipated a score below my internal mock exam results (School Finals) due to several tough EASA exams, I was overwhelmed to find I'd improved my overall average by 1%, placing my Phase One average at 97%. Along with several other students, I'd also managed to pass three of my exams with full marks. It was a motivating feeling to know that our hard work and continued efforts had paid off.
So, what next? We're already two weeks into our second and final phase of ground school. Key moments over the final few weeks (before flight training commences) will be:
- 6x Test II exams in around two weeks time,
- 7x School Final exams two weeks before Christmas, and
- 7x EASA exams in the second week of 2014.
The study resumes at a faster pace than before, as we begin to study several navigation techniques involving Great Circle paths, convergency, and VOR beacon tracking with the HSI (that's VHF Omnidirectional Range and Horizontal Situation Indicator: the number of TLA's has begun to increase exponentially!)
Many thanks to the team of Ground Instructors at CAE Oxford Aviation Academy that have assisted our success to date, and to my family and friends for their ongoing support.