Good Luck Guys!
Good Luck to ours and Bournemouth Commercial Flight Trainingstudents who yesterday and today have been completing Interviews with Europes largest Pilatus PC12 Operator Jetfly of Luxembourg.
The students headed out together to Luxembourg staying overnight thanks to Jetfly and have then completed the interviews, we have our fingers crossed and we are sure they do to!
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APA and Bournemouth Commercial Flight Training are coming to Heathrow for the Pilot Career News Pilot Careers Live event on the 4th of November 2017.
We will be there to answer any questions you may have about commercial flight training and life at BCFT/APA. Interested? Come along and have a chat to us.
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Our APA cadets venture to several different places during the IR phase of training. These are the well known IR testing routes and our course is built around knowing all the skills required to attempt them flawlessly.
Heres Alderney, or known by its airfield code as EGJA. Alderney is one of the Channel Islands and the closest to the mainland U.K.
Students fly from Bournemouth via THRED and ORTAC on the Airway Quebec 41. Once at Alderney students complete either the RNAV or NDB approach and holds.
Get Stuck In
Pratik one of our Integrated students based currently in Bournemouth doesn’t shy away from getting stuck in when theres tasks needing to be done around the flight school.
We occasionally hangar our aircraft and today we moved half of the fleet inside, with help needed Pratik and the other Integrated students were first in the queue offering help.
Pratik is currently completing the training preparing him for PT2, flying our Piper Cadet fleet. He’s progressing very well and will soon be ready to complete PT2 and then move onto the Twin, the BE76 Duchess.
View up front
Yesterday we shared the photo of our wing view taken by Dan whilst back seating another one of our students on the twin engine Duchess.
The photo below was taken by Blackadder 24 approaching the needles of the Isle Of Wight yesterday afternoon. Blackadder 24 and his student were flying the Duchess on an Instrument Rating and Multi Engine prep flight.
Whilst the wing view is fantastic, the view out the front is even better, a view enjoyed by all of our students.
Wing View Thursday
We have certainly said it before and will certainly say it again, but theres no view like the one out of an aircraft and this wing view taken by Bournemouth Commercial Flight Training student Dan shows that!
APA and BCFT students work together, on slightly different paths but aiming for the same goals. They are often found back seating one another and making the most of all of the resources on offer.
Our Bournemouth based flying students will soon be transitioning onto the BE76 Duchess and will no doubt begin to enjoy the view thats on offer here.
APA back in Bournemouth
Heres Pratik and Laurence heading out to Tango Yankee prior for their second flight lesson back in the U.K having recently returned from the U.S.A.
Pratik and Laurence join Izzy, Kevin and Ben in Bournemouth to take on the challenges and fun of the intermediate flight training. Their next big event, the PT2 testing them to ensure they are on track to gaining the all important (F)ATPL.
After the PT2 all 5 students will begin to fly the BE76 Duchess for the CPL and Instrument Rating phase of the APA Integrated course.
Roadworks Monday 9th October 2017
ATTENTION TO ALL STAFF AND STUDENTS:
Ongoing roadworks scheduled to finish late on Monday the 9th are currently causing severe traffic on both carriageways of the Wessex Way (the dual carriageway used by students coming from the student accommodation) due to lane closures both North and South bound.
The actual roadworks are towards the northern end of the road, but tailbacks are expected to reach Blackwater (the junction used for the airport).
We would advise allowing extra time tomorrow (Monday 9th) to arrive for lessons at APA/BCFT, peak Monday traffic could cause greater tailbacks than those experienced today.
Both carriageways are subject to roadworks and lane closures, those traveling from North of the airport would be advised to use either Avon Cuaseway, West Parley or Matchams when travelling to APA/BCFT.
Heres the ever studious Ben who in only a few minutes will be heading into the ALSIM for the very first time, to take on the challenges of the NDB hold.
Our students in the U.S.A fly holds but of a slightly different kind. They return to the U.K with an appreciation of the VOR and RNAV holds, and by the end of the course with us here, know the NDB extremely well.
Ben shown here using the RANT system, practising his NDB tracking and understanding of the NDB/ADF system. Its interpreted in a slightly different way but once you’ve got your head around it, its simple.
Say hello to APA Integrated Course APA17 who joined us in September to commence their commercial airline pilot training.
They will initially complete the ATPL ground school at our Bournemouth base before heading to the U.S.A to complete the majority of the basic flight and a portion of the intermediate training.
This though comes after the all important ground school where our students complete 14 exams over a 6 month period in blocks of 8 weeks. They are support on this journey by our expert instructors and fantastic learning material by Padpilot.
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You’ll be able to see what its like to train with Airline Pilot Academy and occasionally some of Bournemouth Commercial Flight Training students also.
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Support Skybus and Charlie
One of ours and Bournemouth Commercial Flight Training former students Charlie along with the company she works for, Skybus are joining FlyPink and raising money for Breast Cancer Research at The Royal Cornwall Hospital.
Charlie and her colleagues at Skybus will throughout October pay for the privilege of wearing Pink Epaulettes and Pink Ribbon Pins as part of their day to day uniform. This will visibly show support and hopefully gain donations for the Breast Cancer Research facility at The Royal Cornwall Hospital.
If you’re interested in supporting Skybus and some of our former students on their mission then head to the link below:
If your heading down to Cornwall, stop by and show your support, we hear on the 20th they’ll even be some Pink Cakes available to purchase.
Ben is back
Ben has joined us back at the Bournemouth base ready to commence his U.K based Intermediate training and prepare for the PT2 test. He will be flying our PA28 fleet over the next few weeks preparing for the test with Blackadder 10.
Ben has recently returned from the U.S.A having spent a few months there gaining valuable experience and knowledge to propel him to the next level.
Next week several of our other APA Students will be returning to the training centre ready to follow in Ben’s footsteps.
Well Done Amir
This afternoon Amir completed his very first solo here at Bournemouth Airport!
Congratulations Amir, you’ve now flown your very first circuit solo, and the very first time you captained an aircraft all alone and you did it well!
Amir will now go on to complete consolidation flights before heading to our fair weather training base in Melbourne Florida to carry on with the Basic flight training and begin the early stages of the intermediate.
ALSIM for the Intermediate Training
Heres the ALSIM with Farouq one of Bournemouth Commercial Flight Training current IR students performing an SRA approach.
The ALSIM is used extensively throughout the Intermediate training on the APA Integrated course. Its used to learn important skills for flying the CPL and IR phases. Its also used to consolidate and prepare students for the Aircraft.
Our next bunch of students starting the intermediate training will be back at the HQ on the 9th October, we can’t wait to welcome them back and hear all about their U.S training.
Mike Whisky and Andrew
Heres our very own Mike Whisky taxing from our apron at Bournemouth airport with Andrew at the controls with CFI Blackadder 08 and Damien on board.
They headed out for an Instrument training flight heading to Alderney for NDB holds and Timed Approaches. Its an important part of IR flying and Andrew is tackling it with ease.
Our Integrated students take on the IR towards the end of their training, completing flights in both the Sim and Aircraft. The photo was taken by Dan one of Bournemouth Commercial Flight Training current CPL students.
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Dan and his Camera
Did you know we share our home airport (Bournemouth) with many different types of aircraft, pictured below is the biggest, the Boeing 747-8.
There are two Being 747’s based at Bournemouth, one SP, built in the late 60’s and the pictured example, the -8 built in 2015. Both are operated for the Qatari Government/Royal Family and fly all over the world. Its an impressive sight to see.
The picture was taken by Dan, one of our former Kingston University students and current CPL student. He worked hard on his degree and achieved a First Class Honours and we are sure he will recieve the same high pass on his CPL flight test, hard work does pay off.
The Kingston course has recently changed, with students completing their University studies solely at Kingston with the flying portion of the course completed solely with Bournemouth Commercial Flight Training, under the APA Integrated brand. Students join us in the second year and complete the full integrated course. Training is completed in Bournemouth, the U.S.A and the Netherlands.
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Back to Bournemouth
Its time for some of our students to head back to Bournemouth and begin the next phase of their training, preparing them to become the next generation of commercial airline pilots.
The work back in Bournemouth will be fun, but tough, they’ll have to prepare all kinds of flights, from VFR to IFR. Flying aboard our Piper Cadets and Beechcraft Duchess and the Sim. It will be a busy time.
We are though looking forward to welcoming them back!
Tango Zulu is waiting, waiting for our students in the U.S.A to return and take on the remanning parts of the basic and intermediate training.
They’ll take on the challenge of flying NDB holds and approaches before progressing on after a Progress Test to the ALSIM and BE76 Duchess.
They’ll fly across the fleet of Cadets and Duchess’ working hard towards the end of there course.
Theres never a dull moment when your training with APA!
Whether your heading off for a flight, planning for your next or joining the other students for a relaxing afternoon on the beach, theres always something to do!
Ben one of our current students in the U.S.A sent us the photo below showing his detailed planning, preparing for one of his last few flights before returning to Bournemouth.
Our students in the U.S have been working hard and its noticeable!
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Theres always something to do
Theres always something to do at our fair weather training base, you just have to be ready for an adventure.
Over the weekend students headed to a college football game hosted at the Florida Institute of Technology, enjoying everything that was on offer, including a great atmosphere!
Students head to our fair weather training base in Florida for the majority of the Basic and Intermediate training before returning to Bournemouth. Between flying theres plenty of time to explore the local area and Florida as a whole… including Disney!
Theres only one week to go until our next APA integrated course launches, theres still time to join us, interested in training with a dynamic, highly skilled and personal school? Look no further.
Students will initially complete the ATPL ground school and 15 hours of basic flight training at our Bournemouth base before heading out to the U.S.A to complete the bulk of the intermediate training on the single engine fleet.
Once this is complete students return to Bournemouth for the Multi Engine phase of training, for both the IR and CPL. Then its on to the MCC/JOC Airline Preparation course to ensure they are airline first officer ready.
Runway 26 to Land
Amir who joined us on the flight line only early this week has been making very good progress and not shying away from getting ‘stuck in’ in challenging conditions.
Heres Amir lined up on Runway 26 back at our Bournemouth base under the careful guidance of Blackadder 22. The pair flew down the approach to a very soft landing all under the control of Amir.
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Are you ready to Fly Blackadder?
In only a few weeks our next APA Integrated course commences, launching at our Bournemouth base, with training in the U.K, The U.S.A and The Netherlands.
Students start the course with the ATPL ground school taught using Padpilot and our industry leading instructors. Once this is complete 15 hours of Basic flight training acquires in Bournemouth prior to heading to the U.S for the bulk of the basic and intermediate training.
Students complete their MCC/JOC Airline Preparation course on either the Boeing 737 or Airbus A320 preparing them for the airline world and life as a first officer.
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APA are proud to use Jeppesen IFR Plates for training, one of the most popular plates in use for IFR flying.
Students gain a large collection of paper plates throughout their training and we encourage keeping them safe in your very own Jepp folder with one of our custom covers.
The Jepp plates are used for Instrument Approaches at the airfields examined on. From Bournemouth, Alederney to Cardiff, Exeter and Shoreham, the folder soon starts filling up. The plates have all the information you’d need for any of the approaches on offer at that particular airfield.
Jepp plates also have SID and STAR information, students become familiar with this during the ATPL ground school.
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Amir joins the flight line
Today we welcomed Amir onto the flight line having successfully completed his ATPL ground school just last week.
Amir will now take on the new challenge of the basic flight training syllabus, preparing him for his trip to the fair weather training base in the U.S.A.
The training he will recieve in Bournemouth will bring him up to Solo level and provide a foundation of the training in the U.S.
APA students fly the PA28 Cadet in Bournemouth for around 15 hours and then move onto the slightly larger and more powerful Warrior in the U.S.
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Welcome to the Flighline Nirusan!
Nirusan recently completed all of his ATPL ground school exams, 14 in the bag, meaning he is now eligible to start flying with us and before long he will be heading to the fair weather training base.
Nirusan will complete around 15 hours of training in the U.K on the Piper PA28 Cadet, getting up to flying solo in the circuit under supervision of his instructor, Blackadder 10.
So far he’s doing well, but theres plenty to learn and we can assure you he will be very busy over the coming months, but he’s up for it, as proven by his commitment through the ATPL’s.
Its nice to have you on the flightline Nirusan!
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Have some fun
Flight Training can be tough, it takes a lot of hardwork, dedication and above all else the right attitude. But throughout your training with us, you’ll have plenty of spare time, your time to do as you wish.
Ben one of our students in America has certainly made the most of his spare time, taking a trip to Miami with a Ford Mustang, why wouldn’t you?
Ben has been working hard and its paying off, soon he will be returning to Bournemouth to commence the advanced training on the BE76 Duchess, nearing the end of his flight training.
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Theres a Spotter in Everyone
Heres some of the Blackadder Team and a few students heading back into the main building on Bournemouth Airport after the Red Arrows arrival yesterday afternoon.
Theres a spotter in everyone, and if nothing else, the Red Arrows brings that out.
The most excited though had to be our CTKI Captain Kay, almost jumping with joy when the Reds taxied past!
Have you been to the Bournemouth Air Festival this year?
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Aled and Reds
This great action shot of the RAF Red Arrows was taken by Aled one of our current ATPL Ground School students on our Integrated course.
Our Instructors know just how great the airshow is, especially as its free, so they’ve worked a special programme for this week meaning out students have the chance to make the most of the airshow and grab great photos like this one!
Aled was joined on the beach by fellow Integrated students and Bournemouth Commercial Flight Training Modular students, enjoying everything the Red Arrows had to offer!
Keep a look out on ours and BCFT’s Facebook page for videos and photos of the displays over the coming days.
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Our students in the U.S.A have been enjoying Night Flying, taking on a new challenge!
Theres one thing for certain though, the views are fantastic. Pratik sent us this photo of one of the night flights he’s back seated, sitting back and enjoying the view no doubt.
Students complete several hours of night flying, building up the experience and skill to command an aircraft both in the day and at night VFR.
This helps to lead onto the IR training back in the U.K where they will be taught how to fly in all weathers, down to minima governed by airfield procedures.
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Well Done to Izzy for completing your PT1 out at our fair weather training base in Melbourne, Florida!
Now all of our Students out in the U.S.A have completed the first hurdle and will now work towards PT2 and coming back to the U.K to start the intermediate training on the BE76.
The PT1 isn’t for the faint hearted, a test of all the skills the students have learnt up until that point and unsurprisingly there expected to ace it, but then they are Blackadder’s in the making and take it in their stride.
Healthy Body, Healthy Pilot, Healthy Flying… or something like that.
Even when in America, with all the temptations, our students still find time for a bit of fruit, heres Ben’s banana on route to one of the many airfields he’s visited recently during his time in the US.
When in the U.S.A at our fair weather training base students fly a mixture of PA28 warriors, some with tradional gauges, some with half and half and some with the full glass experience.
We feel this gives students more experience, more confidence and the knowledge of how to operate different types of avionics.
Whilst they’ll be busy flying this weekend, their U.K counterparts are enjoying a long weekend, a well earned break we think!
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MCC/JOC Airline Preparation
Heres the sim our students fly in the Netherlands for their MCC/JOC airline preparation course.
Do you know what MCC and JOC stands for? If not don’t panic, MCC means Multi Crew Cooperation and JOC stands for Jet Orientation Course, both crucial for the success of our students.
Pete and Alex are currently completing the course over in the The Netherlands and are progressing well, after the ground school and hardwork in the sim, they are on their last 4 sessions.
Congratulations to our students in Melbourne Florida for your handwork and dedication, its payed off and your now one step closer to the flight deck. PT1 passed!
PT1 is the first flight test students undergo, and one that determines where they are and where they need to go. Its not an easy test and one students prepare for, hard!
With many of the students in the USA having now passed the test, they’re getting closer to returning to Bournemouth and starting the intermediate training.
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Heres our twins lined up ready and waiting for our hardworking students, when you train intermediate you train on the BE76.
The BE76 produced by Beechcraft and has the common name of Duchess, fitting for its comfortable, regal appeal. We use our Duchess for the intermediate training consisting of the CPL and IR.
To compliment the training on the aircraft we also use our ALSIM FNPT2 Simulator, this is used on conjunction helping students build confidence and experience.
We’ve just been having a chat with one of our current students in America, Ben, who’s working his way through the lessons well and building experience and confidence as he goes, growing into a future airline pilot.
Ben sent us this photo of his recent trip to Okeechobee (its a real place honest) where he parked up next to a Gulfstream, a jet many of our students would love to fly in the future.
The Gulfstream dwarves the PA28, the Bussiness Jet of choice for many of the rich and famous, just like the PA28 is to the flight training industry.
Ben will now be back, hard at work, inching closer to PT1.
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Success: Its in the planning
Success comes from careful planning and plenty of preparation, its always clear to see those that have prepared and planned, they always succeed.
Heres a photo of the careful work Pete and Alex have been undertaking in the Netherlands as part of their MCC/JOC Airline Preparation course.
The pair worked extremely hard throughout there training, always dedicated and always keen for an adventure, never shying away from handwork! It pays off, from the MCC/JOC they’ll be ready to apply to all the airlines, with so many hiring it wont be long before there siting on the flight deck.
#TBT / #TBW
Heres Pete and Alex in the ALSIM earlier this year completing the training towards the Multi Engine Instrument Rating, they completed many hours in the sim as well as the aircraft, our BE76 Duchess.
They are now flying on the Boeing 737 Simulator over in the Netherlands completing their MCC/JOC Airline Preparation course bringing them up to Airline First Officer ready, something we feel is important.
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We are off to another busy week at the Airline Pilot Academy!
Our students in Bournemouth are hard at work on the ATPL exams, with new additions settling in well.
Our Flying students over in Melbourne, Florida have been up bright and early making the most of the fair weather, excelling as usual!
The photo below taken by one of our students earlier today showing the busy flight line in Melbourne.
Last but not least, Pete and Alex continue to progress well in the Netherlands, completing the MCC/JOC Airline Preparation course.
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Its an Adventure
Flight Training with us is an adventure, one our students love to undertake!This photo was taken by one of our current students training at the fair weather base in Florida. Izzy was back seating one of our other students, Pratik\’s flights, capturing the glowing sky on return to base at Melbourne.For many of our students, the trip to America is one of the first times they\’ve been that far away from home, most relish and grown into an even more confident person, as well as pilot.
Turn Pratik Turn!
Heres Pratik one of our current students at the fair weather training base in Melbourne, Florida, to say he\\\’s progressing well would be an understatement!Soon he will be coming up to his first flying exam, an in house check at his progress, called the PT1. We are sure he will fly through it and in the not so distant future be back at base, here in the U.K.Heres a question for you, Pratik is in a turn as seen from the attitude indicator, but who can tell us which way he\\\’s turning?Interested in following in Pratik\\\’s footsteps? Email us at email@example.com for more information.
The power is right at your finger tips, or should we say our Blackadder flying Instructors!This screen is from our ALSIM flight simulator used for our intermediate flight training at our Bournemouth base. We have the sim configured in the BE76 Duchess mode allowing a seamless transition from Sim to Aircraft.We utilise the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 series simulators for the MCC/JOC completed in the Netherlands. Alex and Pete are both currently studying on this course, getting to grips with working as a team and taking on the Airline Preparation courses like pro\\\’s.
Bournemouth is our home
Whilst during their training our students head to both the U.S.A for fair weather training and to the Netherlands for the MCC/JOC, Bournemouth is our home, where our students spend most of their time.Our Bournemouth home boasts our very own Hotel, for our students to make their home whilst training with us, from the comfortable Bar, to large kitchen and not forgetting communal study spaces, it has everything a budding aviator needs.
Heres the pride of our fleet, the BE76 Duchess known as Mike Whisky, an aircraft our students and instructors can both agree to love.Perfect for flying IFR (instrument flight rules) or VFR (visual flight rules) and above all else, stable!Our students fly the Duchess when completing the Intermediate training back at Bournemouth, flying both their CPL and IR CAA Flight Tests on the type.
Flying into the weekend!
Its always a pleasure to sit at the pointy end of the aircraft, and the views are pretty good to!The photo below taken by former student Iain who now fly\\\’s for Flybe from there base in Edinburgh on the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400.He sent us this image this morning from his flight yesterday evening, he\\\’s certainly \\\’flying into the weekend\\\’ and we aren\\\’t far behind him!
Sending a Happy Birthday all the way to the U.S.
We would like to wish one of our current students at our fair weather training base in Melbourne, Florida a very happy Birthday!We are sure Ben is having a Birthday like none other, in the sun-shine state flying with his friends and colleagues, what more could he ask for?It wont be long before he\\\’s back at our Bournemouth base, flying the simulator mentioned before and getting to grips with the intermediate training.
Take flight from Bournemouth
Heres our ALSIM from our Bournemouth base, used by students conducting the intermediate training for their CPL and IR\\\’s.The majority of the CPL and all of the IR training is completed at Bournemouth on our BE76 Duchess aircraft, with the sim used to build familiarity and understanding.The best part about the sim, you can pause it, so if a students needs a little extra time, we can ensure they do!
Many of ours and Bournemouth Commercial Flight Training former students have flown into London City Airport over the years, with various different airlines!This photo was captured by Iain one of our former students who now flys for Flybe as a First Officer on the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400.Iain is based at Edinburgh in Scotland, close to his home of Glasgow.
Heres some Monday Motivation for you, and a little look at some of our students current office views.Taken along the Jurassic Coast close to our Bournemouth base, this part of the U.K offers stunning views and challenging radio, perfect for our budding pilots.Our students learn the key concepts of flight at our Bournemouth base before homing those skills and developing techniques at our U.S fair weather training base.
Follow the sun
Its safe to say the weather today isn\\\’t so great, but just have a sneak peak at what our guys and girls in Melbourne are enjoying, we don\\\’t call it the fair weather training base for no reason!Photo taken by Ben as he made his way to the Piper PA28 Warrior he captained around the Melbourne area during one of his solo navigation flights, just like our other APA students, Ben is progressing well.If you want to upgrade your weather, look no further, join us! Not only will you be able to climb above the merk, you\\\’ll also get to train in the sun, what more could you wish for?
That important Check!
Heres one of our students at the fair weather training base conducting the all important \\\’A\\\’ check on the aircraft prior to flight.Ben, pictured would be running through the interior checks ensuring everything is as its meant to be, the check is an important one but fairly simple, even for a novice.Its great to see how well our current group of students in America are doing, all progressing extremely well and moving in the right direction!
The Gang from MEL
Over the weekend the team in Melbourne visited The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and had a look around at a facility unlike any other and a right of passage for all our students at the fair weather training base in Melbourne.Heres Ben, Izzy, Kevin, Laurence and Pratik with the photo taken by Oliver.The guys and girls had a great time, seeing aviation from a slightly different angle. During the training in Melbourne students will even get the chance to conduct a low level pass of the runway at the centre.
Join us and smile like Oliver
Smile its the weekend! Theres always a reason to smile when your \\\’Flying Blackadder\\\’ but theres even more reason when its Friday and your at the fair weather training base in the Sun Shine state of Florida.Oliver one of our current APA students and arguably one of our most photographed is certainly smiling, and he has good reason to!Oliver is almost halfway through his fair weather training and progressing well, the instructor reports are beaming and we are over the moon for him!
Heres one of our APA students Kevin, he\\\’s currently at our fair weather training base in Melbourne, Florida completing the Basic and first sections of the Intermediate flight training.Hes picture aboard one of the Piper PA28 Warriors our students use in the sun shine state, with another APA student Ben back seating, picking up valuable insights for future lessons.Kevin just like the other APA students out in Florida is progressing well, getting to grips with the challenges commercial flight training throws up!
We\\\’ve been talking recently a lot about our fair weather training base in Melbourne, Florida, but today we head back home to our HQ at Bournemouth Airport.Heres NPAS Bournemouth Helicopter coming back to base after a week of busy recurrent training.The photo was taken by one of our current students after arriving back from a Basic Flight Training lesson, he\\\’s progressing well!
The start of the IFR life
Oliver has now started his IFR appreciation over in the U.S.A at our fair weather training base at Melbourne, Florida.This training is conducted on the Piper PA28 Warrior, with various instrument fits! This means our students get to see the challenges flying on \\\’traditional\\\’ and \\\’glass\\\’ instruments offers.All of our APA students out in Florida are getting on well, with them all now flying, building experience and most importantly, confidence.
Heres the view that greats all of our ATPL ground school students as they leave the classroom and head downstairs to our student recreation room.Theres always a different type of aircraft or even helicopter featuring in the window at the top of the stairs, sometimes you may even get to see a 747!Our next ATPL ground school launches in only a week, why don\\\’t you join us and and enjoy this view when leaving the \\\’office\\\’.
Take flight in the U.S.A
Heres the view from the Office in Melbourne, Florida.The picture below was sent into us by APA student Pratik who\\\’s currently undergoing the ground school differences training and should today take flight for the first time in the U.S.A.APA students head to Melbourne for the Intermediate flight training, conducting all flights on the single engine Piper PA28 Warrior fleet, pictured in the background.
Advanced Training on the BE76 Duchess
Heres a look inside our BE76 Duchess, the multi engine trainer of choice amongst those who know the industry.We use our BE76 fleet for the Intermediate/Advanced training at our Bournemouth base. Students complete the CPL and IR phase of the training on the aircraft, getting to grips flying with two engines, and the added challenges this brings.The Duchess is a superb aircraft to fly, everyone always has a smile on their faces once they return to base, it really is that good!
Oliver and the U.S.A
The photo below was taken on one of Oliver\\\’s recent flights, departing out of Melbourne and heading into the local area to take in the sights that Florida has to offer.Oliver has been enjoying flying around, building experience and skill with our Florida based flight instructors, getting to know the local area before taking on the challenge of doing it alone!Oliver is progressing well along with the other APA students over in America! Soon more will join them and before long we will be welcoming back the familiar faces to Bournemouth.
This photo was sent in to us by former student Iain who is now flying for Flybe as a First Officer on the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400.He recently underwent the training required to fly into London City Airporton the Dash 8 and the photo was from his very first turnaround there.Iain completed his training with us late last year and gained employment with Flybe soon after, getting on line in late December.
His head is in the Game
We think its safe to say that Ben\\\’s head is in the game when it comes to his training.If you hadn\\\’t guessed already, heres Ben completing the \\\’A\\\’ check on one of our PA28 Warriors based at the fair weather training base in Melbourne, Florida.He\\\’s been paired up with Oliver and they\\\’ve been busy flying all over Florida building hours and importantly experience as they go.
Oliver Takes Flight
Things are now just about getting back to normal after the 4th of July celebrations at our fair weather training base in Melbourne, Florida.Oliver one of our current students got airborne today aboard one of the bases Piper PA28 Warriors with the mixed instrument panel, utilising the best of \\\’Glass\\\’ and \\\’Steam\\\’.Oliver and Ben have been getting to know the local area well now, becoming old hands and passing on their new found knowledge to new arrivals. This is the sort of community spirit thats standard with APA, everyone looks out for one another and a positive and constructive environment is created, perfect to learn and hone new skills in.
Home is where the heart is
Heres our base, as you can tell the photo was taken recently, in fact it was taken 1944 when Bournemouth airport was still known as RAF Hurn and was home to the RAF and USAF.APA and Bournemouth Commercial Flight Training are located abeam the threshold of the then Runway 13, now disused. Many of the roads shown have been upgraded over the years and buildings sprung up around them, but the core infrastructure is still there today.Bournemouth is a superb training location, it allows our students to get a feel for dealing with commercial air traffic with several airlines based, plus dealing with Heavy\\\’s as two 747\\\’s also call the airport home.
4th July 2017
Our students over in Melbourne, Florida spent yesterday celebrating the 4th of July Holiday and welcomed three more familiar faces to the base.Pratik, Kevin and Laurence join Izzy, Ben and Oliver to take on the fun and challenges of Basic and Intermediate flight training aboard the Piper PA28 Warrior.Whilst the guys settle in they took to the basket ball court to make the most of the leisure facilities on offer and also the golden beaches of the Melbourne coast.
We welcomed Matthew onto the flight line last week and he\\\’s been making great progress!He recently completed the ATPL ground school obtaining a solid set of results, this now means he can commence the flight training and will soon head to Melbourne, Florida.Today he heads with Blackadder 10 to Solent Airport, Daedalus to complete a series of circuits, getting him ready to go solo! Deadalus are a super airport, with extremely friendly staff that are always os welcoming.
Team APA had a catch up with Izzy today one of our students who is currently at our fair weather training base in Melbourne, Florida.Izzy has been busy finding her feet in Florida and even managed to grab a flight on a Piper Seminole, a twin engined aircraft similar to the BE76 Duchess we operate in Bournemouth.She also sent over some photos of the accommodation our students use in Melbourne, comfortable and equipped, located in the bustling FIT student areas, perfect for any budding pilot.
ONE MONTH, ONE DAY.
In ONE month and ONE day our next APA Integrated course commences, taking off from our Bournemouth base, its going to be a great time to start and we are already getting excited to welcome the new faces to our HQ.Students start with the ATPL ground school, taught by our expert instructors who all have a range of background centred on commercial aviation. Initially based at our Bournemouth base for ATPL and basic flight training students also get to head to The U.S.A and The Netherlands during training.
Ben and the Delta!
Earlier Bournemouth Commercial Flight Training shared an impressive image of Old Harry Rocks showing the superb office views on offer to commercial flight students.Thats not just restricted to our Bournemouth based students, our students in Melbourne, Florida also get superb office views, both on the ground and in the air!Heres Ben waiting at the holding point with a Delta MD-88 vacating the runway after landing. You can see the bucket reverse thrust doors still in operation. Something you don\\\’t often see at our Bournemouth base.
Heres APA student Oliver who\\\’s currently over at our fair weather training base in Melbourne, Florida conducting the beginning of the intermediate flight training on the Piper PA28 Warrior.He was recently joined by Izzy and will soon be joined by several other APA students who have finished the ATPL and basic flight training at our Bournemouth base.Students in Florida get there own accommodation, with a shared kitchen and communal area reserved for APA only, this means they can make a comfortable home from home and really enjoy the time they spend in Melbourne.
Well Done Pratik
Congratulations to Pratik who went solo for the first time yesterday in somewhat challenging conditions. He flew Tango Yankee around the circuit at Bournemouth all alone, the sole manipulator of the controls, the Pilot in Command.Praktik will now make the voyage to Melbourne, Florida to join fellow APA cadets, for the beginning of the intermediate phase of the flight training.They fly a mixture of traditional gauged instruments, glass and a \\\\\\\’half and half\\\\\\\’ set up, gaining valuable experience operating aircraft with different interior layouts and fits.