I expected that, gradually, the training was going to be more difficult day by day.
Ok, but why have this last week been so damn difficult, exhausting and long?
I think that the reason is simple, I fell asleep really late on last Sunday, and that has caused me a constant headache, that luckily has passed after some rest today.
Anyway, this week has been really particular.
I’ve had the chance to help some people who’s going to attend the assessments in the next few months here, an instructor with X-Plane related things and a friend who’s going to attend a very important internship in politics. Take it for granted, we’re going to make it.
It’s always beautiful to share skills and knowledge to help the others.
That’s what happens here, at a certain point of the training you’ll need help with something you’ll never need to know but it’s important for EASA.
So, my advice is not really “help the others”, instead I’ll say “be thankful“.
Keep in mind that I don’t mean to be thankful in a material way, just be ready to assist who has helped you before, and try to be friendly with everyone… You’ll never know who’s the radio navigation genius if you are too rude or shy.
Talking about radio navigation… I’ve finally understood how an NDB works in pairs with the ADF system, it’s a little bit complicated to explain that in a weekly report, but a couple of posts about that and the “ground effect” covered in principles of flight will come next week. Maybe, it depends on how much the ground school will fuck up my mind.
Of course I’ve some good news, but firstly I’ll tell you about my thoughts this week.
I know you don’t give anything about the next few lines, but I need to write something, otherwise the post will be too short.
So, ladies and gentleman, that’s my sincere thought about being Italian.
Being Italian, talking about food, is a pain in the neck. I’ve spent the first three weeks trying to recreate my “culinary comfort zone“.
Finally I’ve found out that if I eat yogurt, cereals and fruit for breakfast I don’t need much coffee, because the energy it’s already there.
Same goes for lunch with rice, tuna fish and salad. But after lunch the coffee is always needed, even more when you realize you have other 3 hours of lesson.
But there are many good side of being Italian.
The first one is that nobody hates us.
For example there are a lot of jokes against French and German (Italians already gained satisfaction in 2006, we don’t need to laugh at you to know that we’re better).
A particular thing about the bidet-less people (ok, maybe we have some jokes against them) can’t really accept that English is the dominant language.
An examiner, clearly French, wrote a question transforming Bernoulli in “Saint Venant”, Calibrated Air Speed in “Conventional Air Speed” and so on. Bristol Ground School’s explanation was full of sarcasm.
Anyway it’s good if the jokes remain jokes, because it’s plenty of racism in the world, and aviation must stay as much clean as possible from this awful plague.
The good thing of living in a campus, and being a pilot, is that you daily get in touch with different cultures and people, if you just avoid to be racist, you’ll see how many beautiful things you can learn.
The second good side of being Italian is that we basically tend to take control above everything.
For example, we already taught a lot of Italian common expressions to our course-mates.
Every time I enter my class they don’t say “good morning” but “Buon giorno“, and that’s the only polite expression we’ve been teaching so far.
Anyway… time for good news!
I’ve joined a football team which will allow me to have a distraction and the same kind of competition I’ve been used to in the last years.
At least I won’t be stuck in my room on Sundays and I’ll have the great chance to get in touch with other training pilots and air traffic controllers.
Yes, that’s the good news. Life is hard.
Quote of the week: “positivo più positivo diventa un positivo doppio che sconfigge il negativo”
Translation:”positive plus positive it’s a double positive that beats the negative”.
This quote comes from the same person who won the first week. It’s curious that she intended it as a compliment, but I can see here the basis of the loop and sense aerial. More to come next week, be patient.