Feeling ‘swamped’ by CPL course? – Top tips from Capt. Peter Wiuff on how to cope with your commercial exams
The PPL had been conquered and we were given a week off. Not a week of relaxing in the warm Florida sun but a week of preparing for the first sets of EASA CPL Exams. It was 7 Exams out of a total of 14. The pressure was on but the thing that helped me a lot was studying with some of my friends from my class. We all worked together as a group discussing different subjects and finding the solutions to any problems we might have encountered during our flying or ground lessons. We had great fun and at the same time it was very motivating.
The exams were taken in Orlando, and when we all arrived to the hotel, where we were going to stay during the week, there was a good atmosphere among us but also very serious. Everyone was trying to relax as much as possible but we all had the thought of the exams in the back of our mind. The week flew past and we all went home for a well deserved holiday. We had to wait a couple of weeks for our results and I have to say that those were some long weeks waiting -luckily they were all passed!
Phase 2 started and we were back flying. It felt like ages since I last was in a helicopter, when it in reality probably only was about 1 month. Had I forgotten it all or would it be like starting over again with all the basics? As my instructor stated before the flight “Just like riding a bike, you’ll never really forget how to” and off we went – out over the swamps of Florida.