Entries for July 2008

Goodbye Pearce

Can’t believe that 314 days (that’s 10 months and 2 weeks) just past at the blink of an eye and it’s time to bid goodbye! I will never forget how apprehensive I was back then when I had to leave for basic wings flying training here in Australia, Pearce compared to how I’m feeling right now.

Many of my course mates can’t wait to pack their bags and return home but it’s the reverse for me. Not that I don’t miss home or my family but it’s just that I’ve taken a liking for the environment (especially the chilly weather) and appreciate people whom I’ve met throughout my stay here. To certain extend, life here is somewhat monotonous and boring since shops in the city and shopping malls closes after office hours. Still, the pro of being in this foreign land is that I enjoy the freedom of space and relax lifestyle.

Guess I’ll have a hard time trying to adapt to the humid weather after touchdown back home now that I’ve gotten used to the chilly weather here in shorts and t-shirts! What I’ll definitely miss is the convenience of the gym right at my doorstep as well as the fond memories I’ve experienced throughout my 10 months of stay here.

Not sure if the time will come but I certainly hope to revisit this place again in time to come! For now, it’s time to end this chapter and the start of another.

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Last flight on a jet

I vividly remembered how task saturated I was when I first started the engine of the SIAI Marchetti S211 training jet. This was exactly 10 months ago and it happened during my first simulator flight. This morning, I had command of the jet for one last time — my final handling test on the aircraft I used to struggle with and this marks the end of my flying training in the Basic Wings Course phase.

After 88 flights and slightly more than a hundred hour on this aircraft, I must admit that I’ve become so comfortable in handling the aircraft, not to mention that emotions and feelings have developed for this beautiful and reliable workhorse as well. Gone are the days of flying solo, cursing at 300knots and executing aerobatics manoeuvres. I’ll definitely miss the fun and memorable times I had throughout my training journey.

I wished I could be part of the team that will participate in the closing ceremony of this aircraft. It would be awesome to see the multi ship S211 formation flypast over the aerodrome and the roar of the jet engines!

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