PPL Skills Test and CTC/Virgin MPL!

So a few weeks ago I finally finished the second half of my PPL Skills Test – my final checkride, making me (technically) a fully-fledged pilot! Now I just have to wait for the CAA to check my paperwork so they can send me my license!

I did my test in two flights, the latter being the navigation section (normally done alongside the general handling section, but weather was poor last time so we rescheduled the second part), and while the weather was still far from perfect, I managed to get everything done surprisingly accurately! Despite being blown around by 30kt winds, I managed to get my first planned leg of the journey (to Skegness) quite close, but the unplanned diversion I was given (to an airfield north of Nottingham) somehow worked out so nicely that I stayed precisely on track! We never finished the leg because the wind left us travelling with a groundspeed below 60 knots (way too slow to get anywhere), but considering I was so accurate my examiner believed I was more than capable!

Unusually, we didn’t do any work with VORs or simulated IMC conditions, but I’m very confident with those two things anyway (thanks to X-Plane!) so I’m sure I would have passed that section easily.

In other news, I have also applied for CTC Wings’ MPL programme with Virgin Atlantic, and have got through to the assessment/interview stage! I wasn’t planning on applying so soon, however Flying A330s for Virgin Atlantic was too good an opportunity to miss! I’ll report back after Thursday 4th describing how the process went – it’ll involve a nice list of firsts for myself!

Thanks for reading, and fly safe!
Jiggyb2

Some Arrivals from a while ago…

I may have slightly forgotten to mention these. Added here for prosperity.

Thomson Airways B737-800
This came slightly damaged so I got a refund but was allowed to keep the model. Still very nice!

Airbus A320 – Virgin Atlantic (Little Red)

Boeing B737-700 – SAS

(Sorry this came out a little weird, the tail is the same colour as my curtain!)

Boeing B737-900 – Turkish Airlines

Embraer E170 – British Airways

These are all nice models this time around! I like the winglets on the two 737s and they do a lot to add to the diversity of the liveries in my collection. I never thought about how tiny the E170 is though, it is the smallest thing in my collection by far! No less detailed though, which is great, though the cockpit windows look odd to me.
The Virgin A320 is a great model but the box was weird. Oh well, those things stay in my cupboard so it doesn’t matter so much!

More models coming eventually!

As always, thanks for reading!
Jiggyb2

Yet More Models

Well, looks like my next batch of models have arrived!

First up, A Virgin Atlantic A330-300 by Phoenix.

This model is mostly very well made, and I like the little detail of the ‘bulge’ above the forward cabin.
I don’t like how the cockpit windows seem quite short and wide though, the Gemini A332 and A346’s seem to be in much better proportions than this Phoenix model’s. There is also the discrepancy in the base colour between this and Gemini’s models, however I actually prefer the colour of this aircraft. I don’t understand why both manufacturers seem to be using sparkly silver/beige-y paints though , the real aircraft is White, I’m sure (even if it does look very slightly silver here http://www.airliners.net/photo/Virgi…afebb3ff896e68, this is what it looks like in most photos: http://www.airliners.net/photo/Virgi…afebb3ff896e68 ). Then again, sparkly models do look nice!

I do also have my concerns about this model; it appears this has also been hit with a case of bendy-front-gear-itis, as can be seen here:

The bend seems to be right on the thinnest part of the gear too, so I’m pretty nervous about it. It does feel a bit more solid than my Gemini BA B777-300ER whose wheels broke off after standing on them for a week. Fortunately Airspotters were great about it and will be replacing it; I sent the damaged one back today.
I’ve e-mailed the Aircraft Model Store about it, hopefully things will work out but for now G-VSXY is on a stand; I don’t trust it on its own gear!

Continental (United) B757-300
Picked this one up cheap with the VS A333. A nice little model, and freakishly long for a narrowbody! I like it though, and for the sakes of canon with the rest of my collection I’m saying that United’s management just forgot to paint this one aircraft!

Virgin Atlantic B747-400 G-VROC
Massive thanks to Jetboy2012 from the Scale Aircraft Forum for this wonderful model! I’m glad to say she arrived safely and certainly looks the part in my new Virgin Collection!

And as always, here is a picture of all my 1:400 models. I’ve actually re-arranged them from this since there was no space for my SkyMarks A380 anymore, but thankfully having an abundance of stands really made things a lot easier. I did like this configuration, hopefully when I get a diorama made I can have some aircraft like this and some parked at stands.

Thanks for reading, as always!
Jiggyb2