My first week

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There we go! I started my training! Today I had my first 2 lessons, and fortunately, both went excellent and it was SO exciting! The day started at 8.15 with an inspection practice for the helicopters, were I basically followed a checklist for every part of the helicopters that need to be checked, this is done every morning. I also learned to fuel a Cabri:

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After the briefing I was ready for my first training flight! So exciting! Me and my instructor went to the Cabri and did a final inspection around the aircraft. The weather was great, although a little gusty.

The flight went nice! The first thing I learned was the use of basic flight controls, how they work and what kind of (side)effects they have. We went through the aircraft systems and the instructor started the takeoff. It is an amazing feeling to lift vertically without any airspeed! You have the cyclic (pitch), the collective (power), the pedals (yaw) and throttle (thrust), all having effect on each other.

For flight 2 my instructor was a Swedish guy, who I already met when I visited in January. I actually was his first student, but he is a great instructor already! First he briefed me, talking about airmanship, looking out and checking parameters in the cockpit as much as possible. He let me do some stuff like maintaining attitude while increasing speed and the other way around. I think controlling a helicopter is the hardest thing I have ever done. Change one input and everything else changes as well. But it really is so much fun! After 1 hour of flying we went back and landed safely. 

After my training I went to a room viewing by the way, which is going to be my place for the couple of months, so that’s great! No more hotels and lazy food!

Tomorrow and the days that follow will bring more difficult stuff, since I will get more and more tasks during the flights! I can’t wait for my 3rd flight, but sleep is the only thing I really need first!

I’ll keep in touch!

2 thoughts on “My first week

  1. Gaaf Jop! Gaat allemaal niet vanzelf, maar met n motivatie als die van jou, gaat t zeker lukken! Heel veel succes, elke dag weer enne… Vooral GENIETEN😉👍🙋💋

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