What's the story with the new TAFs and the CASA exams. I plan on doing all of my exams in the next 3 months, should I perhaps do MET sooner than I'd planned just to avoid the new format. (Yeah yeah, I know I'll have to use it for work post-Nov 5th but I'd hate to stress over it for an exam.)
OK now we have a TAF valid for 30hrs. Yet we still only have 4 temp groups and 4 QNH groups so is each group now divided into 7.5 hrs but the actual figure represents the mid point of the period of 3:45 into the period Or is that bit still for the first 12hrs of the 30hr period and having the actual figure as the midpoint 1:30 into the the period.... why they change this stuff is beyond me?
Is that around the same time that they ditch the 727? Wow, I'd be so friggin' pissed off if they brought the change around and I'd started the 727. (Rumour is that the 727 was to be replaced by 2002). Onya CASA,
In 1988, I was told to hold off doing my SCPL subjects because a new format based on the B767 would introduced in 1989.
The TAF format is another case of worlds best practice, great if you are flying International operations, hardly relevant to domestic operations.
Also noticed with our current TAF's the validity times are not really suited to domestic operations. Most Taf's used to be valid from 6am, 12pm, 6pm and 12am from memory, now they seem to be valid at unusual times.
They dont use the 727 because they think its up-to-date and relevant... for the purposes of the exercise, ie, making sure you understand how to make flight plans, navigate, and weight/balance/performance calculations, it hardly matters which aircraft they use. Its not as though you're doing a 727 endorsement.
Just like none of us ever flew an Echo Mark IV, either...