CAA ATPL exam changes

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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. 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

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