This is the last exam on my Pilot training programme – the RT practical. I had booked this with a different flying school (Harvard Aviation) at Redhill as they had the specialist equipment to do the test. Basically, I was given a planned route which involved a departure, a route through a Military Air Traffic Zone (MATZ) two turning points, a route through controlled Class A airspace and an approach and landing. The test is carried out with an examiner and a computer and I had to “fly” the route on the PC simulator and make appropriate radio calls en-route with the examiner acting as the air traffic controller. It also included an emergency relay call and an urgency call to a Radar controller.
The test took about two and a half hours, much longer than I expected. It was also a bit more difficult than I expected and at the end of it I was exhausted.
Anyway, I passed it so that is my training completed.
The plan then was to go to the CAA at Gatwick to hand in my documents for my licence. I eventually found the CAA building after getting lost around Gatwick several times and then discovered I needed my passport to apply. Of course I didn’t have it with me so that was the end of that. Back to the CAA tomorrow morning – at least I know where it is now.