Celebrating the end of Module 1!

by Davina Battersby on Feb 13 2020

Week 11 ☑️ what a week it has been - Module 1 of ground school is finally over!

The week started with revision in preparation for our theoretical (ground school) exams. We had Aircraft General Knowledge (AGK) and Principles of Flight (POF) on Wednesday and Meteorology (MET) on Friday.

AGK consisted of 80 questions in two hours, POF 44 questions in one hour and MET had 84 questions in two hours. I came out of the AGK exam very unsure of how I had done. All of my peers seemed to have found the exam good and ‘banky’ whereas I did struggle with some of the questions. Although I was happy with POF and MET, I did get two very horrible altimetry questions in MET which was annoying as I learnt to love altimetry.

All of us unintentionally matching after our exams
All of us unintentionally matching after our exams

After our last exam on Friday, we went out for lunch at Punnet Cafe and then distracted ourselves with a bit of retail therapy, coming back to a BBQ before waiting on our results. We had to wait for someone in the United Kingdom to send out the results and we knew that we would roughly get them starting from 9pm New Zealand time. We constantly had our phones with us and kept refreshing emails as we were all feeling very nervous.

It wasn’t until 10:20pm that we got our results. Everyone in our class has passed all three exams! We were ecstatic. All the hard work from the past 11 weeks had paid off and we were all looking forward to having a weekend off!

On Saturday, we headed to Rotorua for the Rotovegas skyline, which is a massive adventure park. We decided to get five luge rides and to go on the sky swing. There are three lanes for the luge; scenic, intermediate and advanced. Advanced was by far my favorite as the track was curvier and steeper than the others which allowed us to go faster. The sky swing was such a laugh and gave us a good adrenaline rush. I was in charge of pulling the chord and I thought I would surprise the girls and pull the chord before the countdown reached one. Afterwards, we decided to explore Rotorua but we didn’t have enough time to go the Maori village and the geyser. We will definitely be coming back for these! Before our night out, we grabbed some Mexican food, got ready and headed to Beerways and later into Hamilton.

Luge
Luge
Sky Swing
Sky Swing

We spent Sunday morning recovering before heading out to Wairere Falls. The walk took us about two and a half hours. The view at the top was absolutely incredible; you can sit by the waterfall and look out. It was stunning and it felt so good to be hiking in nature. I spent the evening preparing for the start of Module 2 by clearing and organizing all my notes and past exam questions. I can’t believe I am now 1/3 of the way through ground school as it still feels like I arrived in New Zealand only yesterday. I’ve really enjoyed the content we have learnt so far and I’m now excited to build on my knowledge in Mod 2.

Celebrating the end of Module 1
Celebrating the end of Module 1

Keep following Davina’s journey on Instagram @flydavina together with her classmates @robingrahame and @sarahingham12 .

Rotovegas skyline
Rotovegas skyline

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