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Ryanair Interview and Sim Assessment (merged)

Old 27th Dec 2008, 20:26
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tonyf, they will not make a profit from your interview. The operating costs from your simulator session will make sure of that.

Remember guys, they are looking at you as potential commanders for the future so it may be good keeping your answers short and to the point if its a subject your not sure of, if they leading you into questions, then work your magic and lead them into an area your good at and show them you know what your talking about.
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Old 30th Dec 2008, 09:22
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wbryce is right.

The hourly operating costs of the simulator, and the staffing costs, mean there is no way that Ryanair will be making a profit out of running the assessments.

In fact, they will probably be making quite a substantial hourly loss.
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Old 30th Dec 2008, 11:16
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That may be true guys, as some of you would be in a better position than myself to know, all I'm saying is that those of us trying to choose an MCC provider should maybe think about doing the so called ryan approved one because its more expensive and does not seem to produce the result that potential pilots expect, and that has been proven by at least 8 people I know. Maybe spend the extra money on doing some hrs on an 800 sim and that might prepare you better. I know everyone cant get the job but its a sad state of affairs that the ryan MCC isnt getting more pilots into the right seat. We cant all be crap pilots. A 10 min interview and 30 min in the sim cant achieve an in deapth look at the potential employee either. My last interview was 30 min and 2 hrs in the sim.

There's no doubt that Ryan is a sought after place to be, and righly so, but maybe think a little more before you spend your money. It seams to be very difficult at the moment to be the right applicant. Anyway good luck to all of you applying. These things work out in the end. Trust me!
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Old 30th Dec 2008, 14:26
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I've said this before and I'll say it again; you need to pick your time to apply to FR very carefully. A prudent wannabe would wait. I'd put money on a much higher pass rate in six months or so, roughly when 738s get delivered and pax figures hit the roof. Just like last spring/summer.

As for Virtualaviation:

The hourly operating costs of the simulator, and the staffing costs, mean there is no way that Ryanair will be making a profit out of running the assessments.
If you go to a company's web site very similar to your own name, you will find the 738 sim is roughly 500 per hour, incl 30 minute briefing. Obviously, they will be making money out of this.

FR assessment is 260 per applicant. 2 applicants per sim for an hour works out at 520 per hour. In other words, slightly more that a viable business charges. I cannot see how they are NOT making money.

The proof is in the pudding. They are assessing masses of wannabes as we speak and fully admit there are no TR courses and no jobs for them untill well into next year if at all. For an airline which charges for debit card payments and uniform, this only makes sense if it is financially viable to do so.

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Old 23rd Jan 2009, 23:23
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When did u get mail from Ryanair?where did u apply?What experience you have?

Regards and best of luck,
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Old 25th Jan 2009, 17:16
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Hey there! you a mail for the 10th? I am up for the 4th of february and working my ass off to get everything sorted and the theoretical work up to speed.

Let me know if any fellow pilots will be there on the 4th!!

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Old 25th Jan 2009, 19:54
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Hi there,

well I did hear different rumours concerning the re-application process... Make sure you get in contact with them again and see whether another application would be applicable. Rumours are that you should be able to have another assessment within 6 months... Also check the other PPRuNe threads.

good luck
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Old 1st Feb 2009, 22:50
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Hi guys,

I have tried to find info about what kind of sim is FR using.I know they used to asses you on 200's but i am not sure if they do that now on NG?Anyone has a clue?Thanks

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Old 1st Feb 2009, 22:58
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Ryanair Simulator Assessment

It's been a long time since they used the -200 for assessments. It's the -800 full flight simulator now.

However, for the purpose of the assessment, the standard PFD/ND display layout is normally changed to EFIS/MAP.
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Old 2nd Feb 2009, 13:27
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The reason they use EFIS MAP is because the standard "six pack" layout is an easier scan as you are are probably coming from SEP/MEP background so a PFD is going to be quite alien to you.
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Old 4th Feb 2009, 14:10
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737 simulator (urgent)

Hello! Long time reader, but first post!
I have an assesment coming up in a few weeks. As i understand it's well spent money to buy some time in an 737 sim before.

Do you guys know any places where you could get hold of a sim? Prefarably near a major airport in the UK or somewere in northern europe (living in Sweden)

I know of Virtual Aviation at Gatwik and Heatrow and Bournemouth Flight Simulation. Virtual Aviation was quite expensive and they had no dates before my assesment and Bournemouth isn't exatly the easiest place to get to from Sweden..

Thanks for for the help!
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Old 4th Feb 2009, 18:01
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I've heard that Ryanair have started asking more and more technical questions over the phone before agreeing to offer you an interview/sim assessment.

Just wondering what kind of questions they ask and what I should be ready for?
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Old 4th Feb 2009, 18:26
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Ryanair Assessment


I passed the Ryanair assessment in Jan, all in all a very relaxed day and good fun.

I did some brushing up in the B737 200 simulator. The 800 was set up with the standard T it was near enough the same as the 200.
The company is called Bournemouth Flight Simulation. After being in the simulator we went through a folder with a lot of previous and present interview questions.

The site was bohsim,com. When I called them the sim was around 250 per hour.

Im waiting to here from Ryanair now for a TR date.

Good luck everyone, and I hope this helps.

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Old 4th Feb 2009, 18:31
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Old 5th Feb 2009, 10:29
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Just to keep everyone up to speed with the process:

I personally didn't get any technical questions on the phone.

Got interview date at EMA (stay at the Holiday Inn, half the price of Thistle and an extra 1min drive), you rock up at 9 for 9:30 start. Group brief, just explaining what will happen during the day, and an overview of the 737-800, they also ask what you did your MCC in (it seems as if they tailor your sim assessment to your jet experience, the Oxford guys with 40 hours had a lot more than the guys who did an MCC in an FNPTII). You then get given some plates, in my case the NDB/DME RWY 27 at EMA and the TNT 1T SID. Your paired up and given a short amount of time to brief to one another.

You then go off and do your interview and sim, not nessesaraily in that order. Sim for me, involved a takeoff, using the flight directors and auto throttle, to 1500agl, A/T cancelled and 90% N1 set, then accellerating to 220 knots at 3000agl and flaps on schedule, once we were level on the SID, the flight directors were removed, and we did some 30 and 45 AoB turns, accelerating to 320 knots and then in our case, we turned and did some tracking towards the ndb, with some spatial awareness "what heading to intercept XXX" type questions. descended down to a height to start the procedure, then given an engine fire, just as your MCC taught you. They also like to see NITS briefs and PM will fly while PF will go through it with the assessor. This is only done once, the second run the emergency is omitted. You then do a normal NDB in nil wind, cloud level at 1000', and land.

Interview was informal - one HR guy (who anyone with the interview will have spoken to previously) and your sim assesor. Questions that I had that I can remember:

How did you get to this point? (training etc)
What do you know about Ryanair?
Why do you want to work for us?
Do you think you could contribute to Ryanair's sucess and why?

Tech questions:
What do you know about the 737-800?
Could you explain how the Jet engines work in layman terms?
Why are they high bypass?
Whats propulsive effciency? (garden path as you can see )
What is radiation fog?
What is advection fog?
A SigWx chart was pushed in front of me, he wanted to know what the number in the boxes was, how the areas of sig wx were designated, what XXX meant on cloudbase, naming a few fronts and weather associated, and jetstream position and speed.

Other questions on the day I got told about:
What is V2?
(in regard to a Seminole) What sort of engines does it have?
(Seminole again) Why does it stall at the root first?
VOR and NDB ranges?
What Navaids do you have in the middle of the atlantic?
Moment arms on T tail aircraft ( if you flew a tomahawk they asked this)

The interview isn't as bad as I thought, I went last though so by half 4 you've had adrenaline buzzing round for a good 6 hours so I was probably more chilled than I was in the morning.

Well, I didn't get the job - however I did do a bit of time with virtual aviation before as it has been a while since I had done any IF and I have to say - the guy was spot on with what to expect and the simulator is pound for pound what you get in the real thing.

Did it help? Well I didn't get the job - but I like to think it did! Thats the nature of the beast...

Feel free to PM me for any other Q's or if you'd like to give me a job .
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Old 5th Feb 2009, 15:28
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For you guys that have been offered Type Ratings that will be conducted at East Midlands. Out of interest how much is this course costing? Is it the same as the CAE and SAS/OAA prices?
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Old 5th Feb 2009, 15:51
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Cost was one of the first things I asked about when called about TR dates and locations. I was told that all places cost exactly the same, at a shade over 33k EUR.

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Old 5th Feb 2009, 16:06
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Incorrect, EMA is more expensive at EUR 33k the other two are below EUR 30k


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Old 6th Feb 2009, 00:19
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Brookfields contract (Ryanair)


It would be really good if some one could help me out.

I understand with the brookfield (Ryanair) contract from 0 -500 hours you get 55.50 euro ph and 500 - 1500 you get 75.50 euro ph.

Is the 0 - 500 hours JAR 25 time or on type (Boeing 737 800)?
Is the 500 - 1500 Jar 25 time, total time or on type (Boeing 737 800)?

I have 500 hours on the B737 200.

Thank you in advance.

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Old 6th Feb 2009, 08:11
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It'll be dictated as per their prerequisistes for SO/FO/SFO's on their website or on ppjn I'd imagine.

Kindest Regards


This BOHSIM is begnning to crop up everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!! I'll be expecting a huge discount will follow on their 737 for ppruners, if only because its 60 more per hour than OAA's 734! Enjoy.
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