21/11/2016 – With no flying on the horizon (or anywhere else for that matter) due to the weather, my next visit to Gamston was for another day of tuition and the Aircraft General Knowledge exam.
The weather was truly dreadful, very cold, windy, cloudy, rainy etc. True Air Speed Training are down at one end of the airfield near Kuki Helicopter training and Gamston Flying School. There’s usually quite a few cars in the car park down that end of the field, often really nice ones. I’ve seen Ferraris, Teslas, Porsches, Range Rovers, and many Mercedes etc. However it was the first time I’d ever been there and found the car park completely deserted. There was not a single car parked there apart from mine, and Graham’s when he arrived. It was actually quite eery and I wondered if there’d been a gas leak and everyone told to leave. But it was just the awful weather! You can’t do much flying if it’s that bad.
But you can still do exams. Aircraft General Knowledge covers such topics as the Airframe, Engines, Instruments and Electrical Systems. A typical question might be “What does the idle cut-off valve in a piston engine do?” I’ll leave it up to you to find the answer.
Although I’m not a very hands-on person I was fairly confident that I would do ok on this one, after all I’d done three exams already and got 100% in all of them. Graham did his usual thorough job of teaching me the material, and as it was such a miserable day and I wanted to get home I took the exam early afternoon.
I got a couple of questions wrong – I think one of the questions was so vague as to make two answers possible and I picked the wrong one – but I still ended up with 88% which is over the required pass rate of 75%. Four down, five to go!
When I left there were still no other cars there, the only time I’ve ever known that to happen.
If you want to know more, the podcast, as always, contains an expanded version of the above.