I've realized that several days have gone by since my last post and want to catch up quickly but thoroughly. Last week I was named the ATC Training Director of the virtual Emirates Flight Information Region (FIR) on the Virtual Air Traffic Simulator (VATSIM) network! I've been learning a lot about online virtual ATC and enjoying it so far. I will explain more of my duties later in future posts but for now I am in charge of all training activities within the Emirates FIR! My first goals are to learn as much as possible and help the team any way I can.
Last Friday, before the weekly grocery shop, my wife was gracious enough to allow me an hour of flight time at the Jazirah Aviation Club in Ras Al Khaimah. I've been a member for almost a year now but time schedules have really been so full I've not had much time to get to the club and fly. I had a great time flying A6-XSM, an Aeroprakt model A-22LS, with Dinesh Prabhu. He is one of the instructors there are the club. My time is low in the A-22LS so we did some basic air work and a few touch & go circuits. You really have to keep your feet alive in the A-22LS as its a light aircraft with a 100 horsepower engine! Makes for some strong left-turning tendency!
That's all for now! Keep up with us on the Facebook page and look out for some video lessons coming soon!