Ok, so after finishing training I was sent back up to Jakarta where I was to do another flight with a training captain before being assigned a base. That flight didn't happen and I was duely sent to a city called Medan in the northern tip of Sumatra. If you know your geography then travel East about 300 miles and you hit mainland Malaysia, or Singapore if you're slightly south! So yeah, I'm basically on the Equator now which is nice. It gets really hot, then it gets really cloudy and then it pours rain like you have never seen and then starts all over again..! Predictable, but makes the flying interesting! Which brings me onto my good news.. I have now flown a commercial flight, had 4 secotrs all with passengers on and can, for the first time, call myself a professional pilot and not have to preceed it with a 'nearly'. Great!
So to make things interesting the first day of my flying career was in an aircraft fully loaded with computers (G1000 for those in the know). I did all my training on old stuff, like the round dials you see spinning round when it all goes wrong in movies. This aircraft on the otherhand is comprised of 3 screens and only the stuff I am used to for back-up purposes (Yeah if the computers need a reboot!). Flight 1.. Oh my god.. Where is all the info? Erm, page 4, subpage 3 and then roll the knob to the right 3 times before hitting the cursor and it pops up in a tiny box on the right hand side of the other screen. Easy! Flight 2.. How did I get that info up again? Erm, ah, it was 3 to the right, not 2. Flight 3.. Kris to Captain "Oh, did you know it did this.." Captain "I do now". Flight 4.. He was very happy with my progress! Landed it twice, didn't make myself look like a loser and everyone walked away happy in the fact that my safety briefing (Which is done in Indonesian I might add!) wasn't needed to be acted out.
So yeah, all in all a good day. And I only found out the night before that I would be flying it. I get rotad into the scedule now and will hopefully be able to take some more pictures of the scenery. There is a lot of great stuff over here - Volcanoes and trees mostly, but I like it :)
Ok, so the accommodation here has a lot to be desired and I spent a day cleaning what the maids refused to over the past few years.. I have the opinion that spending £3 on bleach and Mr Muscle is better than getting Typhoid and a £3000 hospital bill! So far so good! Now the maids are happy to keep it clean. I did have the penthouse suite, which sounds glamerous, but honestly wasn't.. I am now in another house with a huge room and ensuite.. Things are on the up!
Oh, we all sat some DGCA (Aviation Authority) exams, including our cheif pilot, whilst in a very wet and miserable Jakarta, which are basically needed for us to get an Indonesian licence.. We never actually got the results back, but all passed and were all given KFC as a reward by the examiner.. Not sure what the deal is, but I now have an Indonesian licence coming! The exam took place in a smokey office and we all huddled around any flat surface we could.. Nothing like the strict ATPL no-talking, no looking up policy.. Anyway, it's done now.
I have found out recently that I may be off to Borneo shortly.. As mentioned before, things change here literally by the hour so I am half expecting not to be sent there, but as it stands at the moment that is the plan! I will definitely have better pics from there as they have Orang-utans, Snakes, Scorpions, Spiders and random tribesmen! Bring it on!
Now I have some time I will crack on with getting this blog updated.. Until next time..