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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.