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Old 11th Jan 2015, 18:20
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There are a great many people like you who go on concentrated courses of several hours per day every day for a week or two.

I'll comment more on the cramming for the written exam rather than the practical flying of such a course which I'll leave for another post.

I've seen the results of those courses and generally, as time goes on, they forget probably half the written and oral questions.

Take any experienced IFR pilot and ask them, years later, to re-write the Instrument Written exam in Aus, USA or Canada and most would score a lot lower without study to relearn what they have forgotten.

Most pilots never ever want to have to re-write that exam.

The IFR written exams, tend to be academic examinations in English comprehension, riddled with diversionary questions with double negatives that make even someone who knows the subject well practically likely to give a wrong answer.

While many of those double negative questions could be rephrased, it does make people think and a study a little harder which tends to add to retention.

The single biggest problem with IFR training is not the "initial training" but the absence of "recurrent and or on-going training".

Throwing IPC's every year or so in an exam style does not foster "on going training".

I believe IFR pilots and aviation safety would be better served by having a requirement to provide evidence of having spent a number of hours per month or quarter on "ongoing training".

I would suggest that you sign up and register for the FAA's large number of options for on-line ongoing training.

While there is nothing improper about 10 day cram courses, anyone going that route will need to spend significant hours studying AFTER their ride to maintain that level of knowledge.
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Old 12th Jan 2015, 03:57
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Ramjet, do you wear a tight blue t-shirt with a BIG red "S" on the front?
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Old 12th Jan 2015, 06:40
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The only red T-shirt I have is red, with a Maple leaf on it and its only worn on Canada day. I meant no offense. I hoped newbies getting their IFR might gain perspective from it.

Now studying to return to Aus and convert the foreign qualifications, is a humbling but challenging experience. I'm going to miss the bedroom temperature dropping to -10 when I do the old Ausi custom of opening the window for some fresh air. But it has certain advantages.

As a typical old Ausie, you get skin cancer, and after it gets literally burned off, your nerve endings still feel like they are burning. That nice cold Canadian air works wonders in tricking your nerve endings into believing the temperature is normal.

The obvious benefit is that it does not cost a dime to get the temperature down that cold.

The disadvantages are that just as Ausi pilots get skin cancer, here you get frost bite and after that happens, typing goes into slow motion. It's what you get from getting to wait in primitive waiting rooms where the thermostat set up near the roof, is set to kick on at -20 while its a balmy -40 outside. Right now is dam near tropical at -6 with enough fresh snow to go skiing.

Just Drool over Halifax for some IFR Training?
It's now 2:40 am

METAR: CYHZ 120700Z 18009KT 15SM FEW040 OVC060 M03/M05 A3045 RMK SC2SC6 SLP319

TAF: LATEST TAF REPORT FOR CYHZ TAF CYHZ 120538Z 1206/1306 18008KT P6SM SCT015 BKN030 TEMPO 1206/1214 3SM -SHSN BKN015 OVC030 FM121400 20012KT 2SM -SNRA BR OVC008 FM121700 20015G25KT 1/2SM -RA FG VV003 BECMG 1222/1224 24012KT FM130300 22012KT 2SM -SNRA BR OVC008 FM130500 34012KT 3/4SM -SN VV008 RMK NXT FCST BY 120900Z LATEST FC REPORT FOR CYHZ *** NO MESSAGES FOUND ***

Moosanee - A typical destination for Ontario medivacs.
CYMO 120700Z AUTO 25006KT 9SM OVC120 M24/M27 A3028 RMK SLP255

Edmonton, Home of the Oilers, and conservative politics. Not far from here, I ran into two former prime ministers walking down the street by themselves in a single day. It's where I found some nice people that helped me pass the local exams and get a job.

METAR CYEG 120700Z 14007KT 15SM FEW100 M20/M23 A3021 RMK AC1 SLP302

TAF: LATEST TAF REPORT FOR CYEG TAF CYEG 120538Z 1206/1306 14005KT P6SM FEW180 TEMPO 1210/1218 2SM BR PROB30 1212/1218 1/2SM FZFG VV002 FM121800 VRB03KT P6SM FEW040 TEMPO 1218/1220 2SM BR BECMG 1222/1224 24008KT RMK NXT FCST BY 120900Z LATEST FC REPORT FOR CYEG *** NO MESSAGES FOUND ***

INUVIK - Just north of 60, ideal place for your first job.

Metar: CYEV 120700Z 17007KT 130V200 10SM IC OVC002 M26/M29 A3022 RMK ST8 SLP244

TAF" LATEST TAF REPORT FOR CYEV TAF CYEV 120638Z 1207/1219 14005KT P6SM OVC003 TEMPO 1207/1213 3SM IC BR SCT005 OVC010 FM121300 VRB03KT P6SM SCT008 BKN030 TEMPO 1213/1219 4SM -SN BKN008 OVC030 PROB30 1213/1217 2SM -SN BR BKN005 RMK NXT FCST BY 121300Z LATEST FC REPORT FOR CYEV *** NO MESSAGES FOUND ***

Now, I can't finish this post without telling you about a place in Ontario called "Red Lake", CYRL, its the gateway to many reservations up north.
It was from "CYRL" I got my first turbine job. The captain, was a legend and he now lies under many meters of ice at the top of a mountain in Antarctica.

Notice the nice clear sky. The temperature will drop up there tonight.

METAR: CYRL 120300Z 32006KT 15SM SKC M24/M27 A3033 RMK LAST STFD OBS/ NEXT 12 1000UTC SLP320

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