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I’m Charles Lau Jun Wei. I’m 23 this year and a Learn To Fly student from Singapore. I love flying! I’ve been passionate about becoming an airline pilot ever since my first amazing experience on a trip to China with my family. Currently, I’m still serving with the military back in Singapore. I’ve been in the military for seven years in total. I’ve still got two more years of service left as I’m working as regular personnel.
Apart from my military service, concurrently I’m doing self-study as well as training and learning aviation at Learn To Fly Melbourne. As for my pilot training progress, I’m attending classes as part of the Future Cadet Pilot Program.
Following my dream to fly
Before my actual starting date, I could say I was extremely excited. I requested a break from my military work. Luckily the officers understood my situation, that flying was my passion, and of course, training is vital for my future career. So I went over to Melbourne for two weeks to complete my training.
As a junior cadet pilot there, a brand new student, honestly, I can’t explain how I felt. It’s a good feeling, not a bad one, so don’t be alarmed! But to cut it short, I was looking forward to my training! I completed one week of my pilot training and was happy and satisfied overall.
One thing that came into my mind, and I honestly I didn’t expect this to happen. At first, I thought that the technical process of cadet pilot training was going to be easy. But eventually, I learnt it wasn’t going to be easy at all!
I’d heard rumours from certain people saying, “There’s an autopilot in an aircraft so don’t be worried!!” But, after a massive amount of research and learning more about being an airline pilot, I discovered that this is not true.
Before using an autopilot, you have to start training at the bottom and work your way up. You need to understand everything about being an aviation pilot and also everything in the aircraft system! Therefore, I would say it’s not easy, but it can be done. There’s just lots of things you need to know and learn, which you will as part of your Learn To Fly student experience.
Getting started with flight training
Firstly, I was provided with a student starter kit which covered the necessary knowledge and flight training rules. With that comes teaching on basic aerodynamics, primary and secondary flight controls, and also the pilot skills set.
Furthermore, a ground training manual book was issued, which included lots of information about air law, air navigation, radio communication, human factors and more.
Flying the Bristell
The Bristell was the aircraft I was using for training, to master the basic handling of the plane and also the fundamentals of flying. Two words to describe the experience? Awesome and fun!
The moment when you enter the cockpit and you’re the one who is flying and controlling the aircraft after a session with the instructors, how great is it? That feeling was so good that it took my breath away. I had a lot of fun flying that small aircraft. Eventually, I completed 10 hours on my flying record. Hopefully, I’m able to gain more flying hours towards my future.
First Impressions of Flight Training
I would say the process of training and learning is challenging and critical. Apart from the flying itself, you have to put in your 100% heart and soul into it, to build successful processes and work towards your future goals like any pilot in aviation history.
Overall, I enjoyed my training and studying at the flight school. Besides that, the instructors and students from other countries were friendly! I managed to hang out with them throughout my two weeks there!
And most importantly, we were able to share our knowledge and skillsets within one another, which I guess is part of the take away from the flight school.