In the beginning…

In March 2015, I was fortunate enough to win The Air League / Bristol Ground School ATPL (A) scholarship. These are the 14 ground exams I need to pass in order to reach my goal of becoming a commercial pilot.

In the beginning: ATPLs unwrapped! One BIG parcel!

ATPLs unwrapped! One BIG parcel!

The EASA ATPL (A) includes the study of the following;

  • Aircraft General Knowledge- Instrumentation
  • General navigation
  • Meteorology
  • Human Performance
  • Radio Navigation
  • Aircraft General Knowledge-airframes,systems,powerplants
  • Air Law
  • Flight planning and Monitoring
  • Operational Procedures
  • Principles of flight
  • Performance
  • Mass and Balance
  • Communications-VFR/IFR

November 2015

Alongside the hefty study folders below, I plan to undertake the online lessons and progress tests (through ATPdigital)  on my iPad mini. The advantage of this being I can study away from home, on the move, or even at work! (During those glorious washout days the airfield!!) The huge advantage being that the software and content can be automatically synched over an Internet connection. Whilst studying alongside my full time job, as an estimate I should complete my ATPL studies by spring 2017.
So, before I tackle the first subject (AGK-Instrumentation), first job is to complete the maths and physics module.Since being out of education since only this summer I think refreshing my amateur maths skills can only be a bonus!!  This introductory module is extremely beneficial as it will allow me to form a solid foundation before tackling the more technical elements of the studies.

The exciting contents of the parcel

The exciting contents of the parcel.

All logged in! Time to tackle the maths

All logged in! Time to tackle the maths.

That’s it for now, I shall be keeping this blog updated during my ATPL studies , when time and brain power allows!! Once again I am extremely grateful to The Air League and Bristol Ground School for this scholarship and opportunity to reach one step closer to my aim of gaining a commercial license.

Thanks for reading.

Richard