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Student Blog Part 8- Beatrice Secchi

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Ciao a tutti!! 😀

I am writing after almost four months, so much has happened since then!! I hope you and all your families are all well during this time. 

Let’s start from the beginning.

At the end of February I finished my ATPL’s! I was supposed to reward myself with a little break and go home for a few days but unfortunately I was not able to as the virus was already spreading in Italy.

Here in Ireland the situation started to worsen later and the government put safety measures in place soon enough. AFTA immediately followed them with online theoretical classes, social distancing and the use of protective equipment on the flight line.

From the beginning of March I started to fly again!!

When I received the IAA email with my final exams results I was sooo happy!  I had finally made it through what is famous as the worst time of the training. It is no doubt very intense however it is not that bad, and if you work hard it goes by very quickly! 

I started my hour building straight away and I was able to do half of the hours, when the school had to close.

I was lucky to have the chance to fly quite a lot of hours and enjoy navigations to different places in Ireland prior to lockdown.

THE CLIFFS OF MOHER

On the way to Mizen Head.

Unfortunately I was unable to go back to Italy and I spent all the lockdown here in Cork.

Me and my housemates that kept me sane during lockdown, ready for Afta quiz night!

During the quarantine all the Ryanair cadets had an online meeting with Ryanair. (Thank you for taking the time, it is nice to feel looked after! 😊)

We mostly talked about the company and the future. It was very interesting and it was good to hear some positive thoughts and opinions about what to expect in the time to come once the Pandemic passes and we start to return to normal again.

During lockdown I tried to get some fresh air and exercise when I could and studied and watched Netflix. Just as I was finding it particularly difficult thankfully the school re- opened!! 

With a lot of new procedures in place to deal with Coronavirus and Ireland’s guidelines we have been able to go back to the flight line! 

First day back!

I picked up where I left off with my hour building and I finished it. For integrated students it consists of 40 hours in total. I enjoyed it very very much!!

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Skellig Michael Island, for Star Wars fans!
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Sligo, amazing scenic approach! (Sorry, the picture doesn’t do it justice…) This was on my CPL qualifier, a flight of 300 nm and two full stops.

Then I was on to the Single Engine Instrument Rating in which you learn how to fly, navigate and make an approach to land with the sole use of instruments and no reference to the outside. It allows you to fly in weather conditions in which visual flight would not be possible (Reduced visibility, low cloud base…).

I had heard mixed opinions about it and I didn’t know exactly what to expect, I was a little concerned.

I actually enjoyed it, especially the two lessons on local approaches!!

Before I knew it I was doing the Multi Engine and Commercial Pilot License briefings!

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First flight on the DA42!!

Now I am flying this beautiful machine, getting ready for my CPL test!!

Ciao, Beatrice.