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28/04/2019 pilotpatrick
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Dear Aviator,

welcome on board of a new chapter. This is now your Captain speaking! After three months of training, the Upgrade to Commander course is completed. It was an intense time with lots of studying, challenging simulator sessions and first flights in the left seat. In the last two parts of my blog series, I already gave you insights into the process of becoming a flight Captain. In this last part, I will share with you the ultimate steps which were necessary to receive 4 stripes. In the end, you have the chance to win a pilot shirt with my 3 stripes. 

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What has happened so far?

Make sure to read the other two parts of this blog series to fully understand the process of becoming a captain.

Part 1: Written application and simulator assessment

Part 2: Upgrade to Commander ground course and simulator training

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Line training

After completing the simulator flight on the left seat, the next step was the line training also called supervision. This training takes place on board the real Airbus A300 during the regular line operation. Instead of flying with a First Officer, a training Captain was there to supervise me. The initial phase was to get familiar with the new position, which means the training captain guided, corrected and led me where necessary. He did all his First Officer tasks automatically and supported me in my tasks as well. But after a few flights, the leadership phase was due to strengthening my non-technical skills. All decisions were made by myself and he expected me to treat him like a „normal“ First Officer. I had to lead the crew, give orders and to delegate tasks.

Main objectives during this phase:

  • Building up the confidence to fly from the left seat
  • Familiarise with the tasks of a Captain
  • Discussing the duties of the commander
  • Reviewing technical knowledge and operational procedures
  • Simulating CAT III (low visibility) approaches
  • Building up non-technical competency (leadership and decision making)
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last days wearing 3 stripes

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Paris Le Bourget airport

Struggles on the first flight

Not everything flew smoothly at the beginning: I definitely had my struggles during my first flights. Now I smirk about it but when I was a trainee I was a little bit frustrated. The picture outside of the cockpit, especially during the approach and landing phase is different from the left seat. That’s why I had difficulties finding the centerline of the runway. So I was unintentionally a little offset of the centerline. But the aim is to land exactly on the centerline, so to have enough margin left and right in case of gusts or failures pushing you to one side.  After four landings I finally found the centerline again 🙂

In general, it feels different to fly from the left seat. Now all the buttons are on the other side. I had the impression I was seated now in a completely new cockpit. For takeoffs and landings, you use your left hand to steer (yoke) and your right hand to control the thrust. As First Officer, it was 8 years vice versa. The first few landings were a little bit harder and bouncy, but I was able to familiarize myself quickly and to get the right feeling again.

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First flights from the left seat

Final check

The line training consisted of 25 flights in total. Even though it was a checking environment and I had to overcome some hurdles, I enjoyed it a lot. The training Captains passed on a lot of tips and prepared me well to fly soon with a First Officer.

The entire Upgrade to Commander Course ended with an evaluation flight, to check if I am ready for my initial line check as a Captain.

On the 25th of April 2019, the time has come for the last check to prove my knowledge, skills, and Captaincy on two flights. The specialty here: It was the first time flying with a First Officer. The check Captain was seated on the jumpseat in the cockpit to observe us. Everything flew smoothly and I was asked some theoretical questions during the flight. About fuel management and policies for example. After landing, the check captain, who is the Chief flight instructor of the airline, congratulated me for passing the check flight. He said it was a really good performance. I was the happiest person on earth.

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What will change now?

I will still fly the same routes and land at the same destinations but now I am the boss on board. One of my fellow Captain colleagues described the job quite well:

You are now like the diector of an orchestra. You are delegating and setting the tone.

Besides leading the crew, you have to manage all processes that happen with the aircraft including the communication with the ground crews. You have to keep the time insight to guarantee an on-time departure. You have to look like an eagle on top of the aircraft to observe and to assess the current situation. The so-called situational awareness. The decisions I have to make shall guarantee a safe, economical and efficient flight. It shall also be the best decision for the company as well. As you can see a lot of responsibility but I am looking forward to this new chapter on the left seat.

I am happy about one aspect particularly; and it is not the increase in salary 🙂 Moreover, I am looking forward to passing on my knowledge and experience to new First Officers. Additionally, I will be in charge of the atmosphere in the cockpit. You know which vibes that will be!

 

 

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GIVE AWAY!

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So many of you joined my first give away to win my epaulets. That’s why I decided to give away a second set of 3 stripes to one of my Aviators. Additionally this time, I will include a pilot shirt (I will buy it in your size) and a personal note.

To join the giveaway

  1. Like this post (heart symbol)
  2. Leave me a comment below this article mentioning „I want to be your copilot #CaptainPatrick“ and let me know your shirt size
  3. REPEAT step 2 on today’s post on Instagram post!!!

I will randomly choose a winner 12th of May 2019. Good luck!

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Safe travels and happy landings!

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Ein toller Artikel, ich habe das Gefühl, mit dir mitgeflogen zu sein… Es muss so aufregend für dich gewesen sein! Danke, dass du uns alle mitgenommen hast, ich hätte nie gedacht, dass so ein hartes Training zum Upgrade gehört. Nochmals herzlichen Glückwunsch und allzeit gute Flüge von der linken Seite!!! LG von Nancy

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Der Artikel ist so schön geworden. Ich folge dir inzwischen sehr sehr lange und habe dich daher gefühlt immer mit begleitet. Die Zeit, als du zum Captain ausgebildet würdest, muss sehr aufregend für Dich gewesen sein – ich habe richtig mitgezittert. Ich hoffe, dass ich dich eines Tages mal persönlich treffe und kurz mit dir reden kann. Ich finde es so toll, dass du es uns ermöglichst, einen so tollen Einblick in den Beruf eines Piloten zu bekommen. Danke für alles und nochmal HERZLICHEN GLÜCKWUNSCH!!! 🙂
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Hallo Captain ich freue mich sehr, dass du endlich zum Kapitän befördert wurdest. Ich bin seit über 2 Jahren dabei und verfolge dich und ich finde es einfach toll, denn mein Kindheitstraum ist es ebenfalls ein sehr guter Pilot wie du zu werden. Du bist einer der wenigen bei dem ich mich informieren kann. Ich hoffe dass wir in ein paar Jahren gemeinsam fliegen können und ich wünsche dir im Leben weiterhin viel Erfolg.

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Lieber Herr Biedenkapp,

Herzlichen Glückwunsch zur bestandenen Kapitänsprüfung und dem begehrten linken Platz ! Mein Traum ist es, ebenfalls Pilot zu werden und ich sehe Sie als mein Vorbild.
Sehr gerne würde ich die Uniform gewinnen, um sie als Glücksbringer bei meinen schulischen Prüfungen und dann hoffentlich auf meinem 1. Flug zu tragen.
Ich wünsche ihnen weiterhin noch viel Erfolg und always happy landings !
Viele Grüße aus MUC/EDDM !
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It would be unbelievable amazing of I could win these epaulets!!! Think I would cry and be so so so happy!♡
Thanks for being such an amazing inspiration!!!♡♡♡