The weight is 270 tonnes, V2 153 and Vref 146. None of these figures are particularly necessary to memorise. Just really study the brief you are given and analyse from that what you would want pilots to remember and remember them yourself. Certainly a practice in a 747 sim is a help (usually) the Oz trainer is passing on a bit of duff gen though so be careful - stick to the script given no matter what anybody says.
I would STRONGLY recommend that you stay away from "practice" in a rented 747.
The sim ride is heavily weighted (60%) and is pitched at the level you are initially assessed at. If you practice, you are setting the bar that much higher for yourself to improve as the session progresses. You are expected to show an improvement from beginning to end of the session, so if you start at a high(er) level, the efffects of a slowly levelling curve (as any experienced trainer will tell you) will start to tell.
Don't do it. Do NOT rent time in a sim to "practice". You are making it harder for yourself and wasting your hard-earned money.
FCP, I understand your confusion. But they are correct and a practice in another 747 sim may or may not be a help to you. I suggest if you think it will be then it will be, cos if you don't do it and then bomb out you will wish you had. I don't know what you are flying now, probably really competently - and a heavy big jet is just an aeroplane, but a great big mother with tons of inertia and a couple of other vagaries. If you flew accurately and precisely the same all through the session you would ace it in. But I have never seen that event, actually nearly once and that pilot was a lady and she was employed. The usual form is to start off a bit dicky, the check pilot will then give a few tips and it's back to you to show improvement. The test is quite objective with marks being allocated against obvious things. As with all tests, however, they are never as objective as we wish they could be. I wish you luck there is nothing wrong with a bit of self assurance my friend. You need it in this world.
Geez Cpt how can you read so much into so little? The post in question was a question after all, 'What IF I do a perfect sim ride...' Guy didn't say he thought he would. Give the lad a break and pull in your horns, that is unless you really are trying to scare him off.
Yes, they are. An assessment is made of your past experience and the standards are set accordingly. The person conducting the simulator assessment is experienced and practiced at it. Do not assume that there is anything haphazard in the methodology.
We do (literally) THOUSANDS of these sim rides, and are able to assess (normally, within minutes) the candidates' past experience.
If you REALLY REALLY want to do some prep, then:
1. Study the profile. Know it off pat. You are given guidelines as to thrust lever angles, EPR settings, etc. 2. Beg/Borrow/Steal a cockpit schematic or one of those poster-style photos and memorize the instrument layout. Know where the EPR and Fuel-Flow guages are. Memorize where the ASI needle should be in various phases of the profile. 3. Revise your 1, 2 and 3 times table. Take out your grade 2 textbooks and swot joined-up writing.
Folks, this is not a 747 sim ride. It is an assessment of your basic instrument flying and handling skills. If you have 747 experience, you will be expected to perform like a 747-qualified pilot. If you fall short of the expected level of proficiency for a 747 qualified pilot, you will be deemed unsuitable. If you start off flying it mediocre, average or well, you will be expected to improve during the session as a validation of your trainability.
Don't buy 747 simulator time. They're taking candy from babes.
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That's better Cpt good advice. Study the handout very carefully, especially the profiles and do it as it asks. Don't pfaff about with flap to ten take it early, 15 nm at latest. take 20 flap and gear as per the brief. Looking for instrument flying skills and good basics, power and attitude, change check adjust trim etc. Don't fly on stab trim but do trim. No matter what you think you do not need aileron trim. You will make mistakes but try not to dwell on them.
Now I have better understanding in regard of sim.ride. Please could you explain:
3. Revise your 1, 2 and 3 times table. Take out your grade 2 textbooks and swot joined-up writing.
............... In the profile there are no guidelines as to thrust lever angles, EPR settings? Would you be so kind as to share some?
Point 3 was an attempt at humour while showing the simplicity of the whole process, and no, I will not turn this into a briefing for the sim assessment.
One day I intend to start a school that does just that (airline prep). When I do, I will advertise the service and charge a fee. At present, Cathay pay me for my services, and while I have neither the time nor inclination to train outside my regular employment, I am also not allowed to do so, under penalty of dismissal.
With your 767 and "744 time, 15+ years on heavy jets" you should already have a pretty good idea of what's required. If you don't, I suggest you talk to your friends who have the experience.