Week 28: First FNPT II session

G'day all,

Thursday I had my first FNPT II / DA42 session together with my fly-mate Stephen. The first session is a familiarization session so it was quite relaxed.

First we did the flows, checklists, briefings and we also got a bit more explanation about the G1000. Once airborn, we made some exercises on straight and level flight, turns, climbs, descents, effect of controls and the instructor even made a looping which ended in a stall.

It was a VFR flight so I had to order myself to look constant outside instead of inside, which is kind of strange if you only flew on instruments till now.

Enjoy the pic's,

Save landings,


My first scribble in my Logbook.


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Full flight sim avro

Ladies and Gents,

Like I said, Friday was our last day of groundschool. It went so fast. Almost a year ago everybody of my Prom was stressing for the entry examinations and now 27 week later we're done with the theory. And we finished with something fun! Xavier Coetermans, our instructor (Gen. Nav) booked the full flight sim (Avro) for us and everybody could make a little flight and landing. I was in the last group, and when the group before me came out of the sim they looked like 4 little boys who just had received the best present ever in their whole life. And maybe that wild guess is not even far from the truth! They all wore a smile on their face that went up to their ears and even their eyes where like bright shining stars. Smiles of pure joy.

Two of my group weren’t there in time. Pascal and Diaz decided that they wanted to make a second flight in the jumpseat, and they accompanied John and me. John flew first, and when it was my turn he looked like he never ever wanted to leave his place. To bad, the girl wanted to fly also :-p

I only have one word: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!!! That’s the right word, isn’t it? The word u use when you actually mean ‘there are no words to describe the feeling that you feel’ or ‘there are no words to say how awesome, amazingly fun something is”
It was (awesome)³³³³³³³. And just like the group before us, we were smiling. I felt like I was in love again, with butterflies everywhere. I smiled the whole way driving back to Ghent, I even smile right now, typing this little blog-part. I wonder what I will feel when I will start flying for real. I mean, it was only for a couple of minutes but even the coolest, most superb amusement park attraction can’t beat the joy of flying. Paul Huyghe was right. This isn’t a beautiful job, it is THE MOST beautiful job!

Xavier thanks!!!!!!!

Full flight sim: Avro(tje)


John flying with Xavier in the left seat


 3lke flying


The Three jumpseaters (from left to right: Diaz, Pascal, John)


Diaz in the left seat


John in the right seat


Pascal in the left seat


Me in the left seat


Groups pic


And last but not least...an unpaid pic of Xavier :-p



Cheers everyone,

Happy landings,


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Top 10 Odd Uses for Airplanes

source: http://damncoolpics.blogspot.com/2008/06/top-10-odd-uses-...

Planes are perhaps the hardest things to get rid off. That is why, with a little creativity and a small budget, one can cleverly reuse them. Some already ahead and created some of the coolest, oddest or funniest hangout.

This is a house built by Bruce Campbell out of the Boeing 727 - he got a trendy, one-of-a-kind villa in the woods.

“Cosmic Muffin” is the most unusual boat, made out of a rare and historic aircraft - the Boeing 307 Stratoliner “( dating back from 1937).

The Boeing 307 Stratoliner was fitted with a luxury interior, including a bedroom, and named The Flying Penthouse after being used in World War II. It was originally owned by Howard Hughes which he bought in 1939.

This Boeing 307, the Clipper Flying Cloud belongs to the Pan American Airways and has been restored for the National Air and Space Museum (the Smithsonian). The fully functional plane is the world’s only remaining Stratoliner.

This villa in South Africa really is not quite the real plane, though it gets credit for trying.

This is an airplane conversion serving as a museum and a house in the Russian city of Perm.

When you see an abandoned airplane, you naturally try to make the best of it. This is what some clever Romanians did somewhere near a national road - a functional restaurant in a deserted aircraft.

An aircraft turned into an yacht. Until the rescue team arrives, one can enjoy the sun and water on the wing of the plane.

The following Fairchild C-123 was a part of one of the biggest scandals in the mid 1980’s, involved in Reagan’s plan to free US hostages held in Lebanon. Long story short, the plane was shot down in southern Nicaragua and was eventually abandoned at the International Airport in San Jose. The current owners bought it for $3,000 and turned it into “El avion” - a restaurant, bar, coffee store, and a relic of the Cold War.

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Week 27

Hi all,

In my last post I wrote that I would start the FNPT II session this week...well, disregard it. There were again some schedule problems - welkom 2 avaiation - so, I don't think I will fly this week.

Friday, will still be the last Groundschool day - unless they will schedule us for Principles of Flight next week, because the last POF session was cancelled.

My dad send me the following pic's and I find them fun enough to post...






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Week 26

Hi Guys,

I don't have much to report about this week...the next weeks that will come how ever will be more enjoyable...

Next week will be my last week of theorie - damn, those 26 weeks went fast!- ...and we will end with the subject Gen nav.

The 26th of November 2007 we started our first course with Xavier, subject Gen nav, and we will end our last course also with Xavier and Gen nav. How nice...

Next week we start also flying on the FNPT II Sim, DA42.
We received our dates for the exams, but they can be delayed off course if there will be...well yeah, delays :-p

I will have my first 7 exams the end of September, and the next 7 exams the beginning of October. A lot later then I had expected,...




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SFA becomes "CAE training centre bxl"

Saterdaymorning: newsarticel about the fact that SFA is been bought by CAE.

Saterdaynoon: All the students are buzzy chatting/calling eachother about 'how the hell this could happen without that we are informed etc ect..." 

Mondaymorning: We all got an sms from Catherine our CGI that we all had to go to the large classroom of prom6. When all the proms tried to find a place, Jack Waldeyer our CEO entered the room to tell us that he was very sorry that we had to hear it via the papers and that there had been a 'leak'...

Source: www.cae.com

CAE acquires Sabena Flight Academy to address global pilot shortage

* Expands its ab-initio training capability

* Adds new type-rating training programs to European portfolio

Montreal, June 9, 2008 – (NYSE: CGT; TSX: CAE) – CAE has acquired Sabena Flight Academy for cash consideration in order to expand its ab-initio training capability and CAE Global Academy and to add new type-rating training programs in Europe.

Sabena Flight Academy (SFA) specializes in ab-initio pilot training as well as type-rating training for airlines. It operates an ab-initio flight academy equipped with approximately 40 aircraft in Mesa, Arizona, USA, and a six-simulator training centre in Brussels, Belgium. Sabena Flight Academy is a JAA- and JAR-approved Flight Training Organization (FTO) with 135 employees and more than 50 years of experience in professional pilot training.

“This strategic bolt-on acquisition is another step towards developing our training network in order to better address the global pilot shortage. It is also in support of our CAE Global Academy as it will bring our capacity to train cadets to more than 1,400 a year globally. The acquisition will also enhance CAE’s ability to deliver type-rating training in Europe as it adds new training programs and an extensive range of new customers to our network,” says Jeff Roberts, CAE’s Group President, Innovation and Civil Training and Services.

“Sabena Flight Academy is a first-class operation with a solid management team and a proven track-record of profitability and customer service. Its Brussels training centre and the mix of its simulator fleet complement well our existing training network and our Brussels training centre,” Jeff Roberts added. “It is a pleasure to welcome the leaders of SFA Jacques Waldeyer and Kris Van den Bergh to the CAE team. Jacques will lead all of our Brussels operations and Kris the flight training organization in Arizona and contribute to the leadership of our global ab-initio training operations.”

About Sabena Flight Academy
Sabena Flight Academy (SFA) is one of Europe’s oldest and most respected pilot training organizations. After providing Sabena Airlines with world class pilots for more than 60 years SFA has become an independent training centre operating on two continents and training more than 400 cadet pilots per year. SFA offers cadet training, advanced training, medical services and aviation consulting. These services are customer-oriented for airlines and self-sponsored pilot candidates. The Brussels-based simulator centre currently operates AVRO RJ85/100, Airbus 320, 330, 340 and Boeing 737 and 737NG full-flight simulators. The Arizona, USA-based flight academy currently operates a fleet of approximately 40 state-of the-art aircraft including a VLJ Eclipse. www.sfa.be

About CAE
CAE is a world leader in providing simulation and modelling technologies and integrated training solutions for the civil aviation industry and defence forces around the globe. With annual revenues exceeding C$1.4 billion, CAE employs more than 6,000 people at more than 75 sites and training locations in 20 countries. We have the largest installed base of civil and military full-flight simulators and training devices. Through our global network of 27 civil aviation and military training centres, we train more than 75,000 crewmembers yearly. We also offer modelling and simulation software to various market segments and, through CAE’s professional services division, we assist customers with a wide range of simulation-based needs.  www.cae.com


  • Founded in 1953 as the internal flight division of Sabena Airlines
  • 1 training facility in Brussels, Belgium, equipped with six full-flight simulators : AVRO RJ85/100, B737 300/400/500, B737NG, B737-200, A330/340, A320
  • 1 flight ab-initio flight academy in Arizona, U.S. equipped with 40 airplanes, including Pipers, Diamonds, Cessna, Eclipse
  • Employees: 135


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week 24 and 25

Oké, guys get a grip...pls, don't spam my mailbox full with messenges that I didn't write an update for 2 weeks now. I have two very good and simpel explanations why I didn't made an update at all.

First one: Week 24 consisted only out of 2 half days. So, the chance that there would have happened something tremendous spectaculair, something extraordinary 'out-off-all-boundaries' funny, something that is even more interessting  then winning the World Cup, finding the missing link in the evolution, finding the last pirat treasure, climbing the mount everest without any oxygen, knowing what's inside pandora's box, or even finding back my red shoes with yellow pokadots and  purple shoelaces, is very very very very very very slim.

Second one: Week 25 was (very  very very very very very)²³ buzzy, and even today (Saterday) I had a whole day course. But yeah, we keep on smiling and as long as we can sing, isn't it? (Not that I can sing, it is just a matter of speaking, because if you want to hear me sing, I strongly suggest and advise you to go and get some very good earplug-thingies that are extra soundprove)

So...what's up for the rest? Well, NORMALLY, I only have 2 weeks of groundschool left. After that we'll start with the FNPT II (D42) simulator, then we'll have exams and I hope I'll be flying above the grand canyon or laying next to the swimmingpool at the beginning of September. (I sure hope everybody saw the 'normally'? I don't have 'flashing-neon-light-buttons' to surround the word, so I hope I made my point with the red color and the caps?)

Well, I hope that everybody is now fat and happy with the little update...
If not, well...to say it in pilot terms --> I don't give a sh*t!

Cheers! And cya next time...




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