CAA ATPL exam changes
Theoretical knowledge exam question styles are being changed to bring them into line with EASA, Australia and New Zealand
From August, the CAA is changing the way that it runs ATPL Theoretical Knowledge
Examinations, reflecting changes being introduced across EASA states, and already in place in Australia and New Zealand. The new exam ‘platform’, known as Quadrant, poses four styles of question: Multiple-choice — the current style where candidates choose a single answer from four options Multi-select — candidates select answer options from a list. This will replace some current questions where a list of numbered options is provided in the question stem and the candidate selects the correct group of options in the answer Inline — candidates complete sentences using a dropdown menu Text — typed in answers, for example to answer calculation-type questions, or those requiring the extraction of data from a chart or table. The CAA says all questions will be reviewed to ensure their suitability for delivery in this way and to make sure ‘candidates are not disadvantaged’. It will monitor candidates’ comments to identify questions that may require amending or withdrawing. caa.co.uk/ Commercial-industry/pilot-licences/ Applications/exams/register-for-aprofessional-pilot-exam/ Eighteen-year-old Jack Hawkins has been
awarded the Nick Davidson Memorial Flying
Scholarship for 2017. Chosen from more than eighty applicants, he has had his first flying lesson with easyjet Captain Gary Merchant. Gary first met Nick at Surrey and Kent Flying Club in 1990, where Nick was his instructor and instrumental in him becoming a commercial pilot. The pair became friends and, Gary said, “When Nick became terminally ill, he wanted a positive action for the benefit of aviation to be created after his death. The idea of a worthwhile scholarship for a deserving young person was born.” About Jack Hawkins, he commented: “He showed determination in his ambitions, realism with his personal targets, and sensible alternative plans if his career path was frustrated in any way. His enthusiasm is infectious and he has all the characteristics for eventually becoming a fine aircrew member.”
Nick Davidson died in 2012 from cancer and the scholarship is sponsored by his family, supported by Biggin Hill Airport, Adams Aviation Supply Company, Shipping & Airlines Ltd, and Surrey & Kent Flying Club. Nick’s own career went from instructor to flying night mail with Willow Air at Southend, eventually gaining his command with British Airways on its Airbus fleet in 2008.
First scholarship winner John Harrison is now in the final stages of qualifying for his ATPL. The second winner, Steven Inch, joined the RAF after gaining his PPL, and after completing his basic training at the RAF College Cranwell has recently been streamed for fast jet training. ACS Aviation took over operation of Perth Airport in November 2016 and has grown rapidly, taking on seven new permanent
staff across all departments. Says Managing Director Graeme Frater, “We are rapidly developing as a real centre of aviation activity and excellence in Scotland, and… well on course to post a significant increase in turnover.” Two Cessna 152s, a Piper Warrior and an AL42 flight simulator have been added to the fleet, and a Diamond Twinstar is due later this year. “It represents a significant investment in the business, but we see this as essential as giving us the edge in the marketplace,” says Frater.
Louise Ewart, ACS’S recently appointed Director of Business Development, is heavily involved in its Women in Aviation initiative. “To have a female presence in the boardroom is particularly important in an industry that is very male oriented,” she says. “We aim to encourage woman into aviation through various events and open days. We are holding our inaugural Woman in Aviation Day on 23 September, giving women of all ages the opportunity to explore the possibility of working in aviation and to connect with others in the industry.”
On 4 July Embraer delivered the first Phenom 100 to Affinity Flight Training
Services, which is providing multi-engine pilot training as part of the Ministry of Defence’s Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) programme. The MOD has ordered five Phenom 100s and services support, with an option for follow-on aircraft. The Fixed Wing programme is intended to replace the Elementary, Multi-engine and Basic Flying Training with a fully-integrated solution employing state-of-the-art aircraft, groundbased training devices and courseware all developed by Ascent Flight Training, the UKMFTS training service provider.
The Sea Cadet Aviation Team completed its second course of the year as guests of Portsmouth Naval Gliding Club
at Lee-on-solent. During initially rainy days, the ten cadets updated their ground school theory and prepared for their final exams. Better weather over the next four days allowed all ten to make three air experience flights with pilots Lt (SCC) John Reeve RNR and CPO (SCC) Carl Mason, with first flights taking off around 0630 and the last ending just before sunset. The cadets were able to put their navigation theory into practice as they flew several routes over the Isle of Wight and the
Solent and tried their hand at R/T in the circuit. All the cadets passed and gained their Silver Wings.
Qatar Aeronautical College (QAC) has contracted Diamond Aircraft Industries to provide fourteen training aircraft and two simulators for its Doha headquarters: ten DA40 NGS, four DA42-VI twins and two FNPT II flight simulators. The first aircraft will be delivered at the end of November. Finnish flight training operator Patria has ordered four DA40 NGS, a DA42-VI twin and two DA42-VI FNPT II simulators. They are based at Patria’s new training centre in Tampere-pirkkala, to which it moved from Helsinki–malmi in May.
ACS Managing Director Graeme Frater
Capt Gary Merchant (left) and student Jack Hawkins
One group of cadets logging a decent amount of flying time in 2017: members of the Sea Cadet Aviation Team’s second course of the year
The first of five Phenom 100s ordered by the Ministry of Defence for multi-engine pilot training