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Old 19th Mar 2022, 23:05
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Originally Posted by Mach E Avelli
Without arguing whether itís fair to be required to jump through hoops if you have prior experience, should your employer pay for it, whether over priced, or will make you a better pilot, the only way to look at it is - will an ATPL get you a job ahead of someone with a CPL ? Or if you are already in an airline, will it accelerate time to command? If either applies, how long to recoup the investment? Say, six months, a year maybe?
Going overseas, with travel, time out of work, meals and accommodation, paying an examiner etc may not really save you money. Ditto going via NZ, doing full medical there, training to local procedures, flight test etc, then using the TTMRA may seem the soft option, but not really, because CASA still make you jump through a few hoops and IPC on a multi crew type to get started.
re doing it at Ansett. No need for MCC if you have prior time on multi crew ops, but you would have to be type rated on one of their suitable sims. That rules out the King Air and B 737 classic, as CASA no longer accept either, due no proper RNAV capability. For a pilot with no prior time on larger aircraft, combining the ATPL with a type rating on something useful is probably best way to go, as by the time you have done the type rating you should be at ATPL test standard (or you probably wouldnít pass the type rating).
The OP already has Dash 8 time, so that should save quite a few bucks if the test is done in an approved simulator. Ansett has one. But unless doing it in-house with an established operator that you already work for, a few hoursí prior practice with your support pilot is essential to get some SOPs nailed for the check.
Which is the direction I want to go. I have spoken to a casa FOI in regards to this. The only issue is the one regulation that even he admitted used to be ignored but as of late it hasn't been and finding an operator able to do it has been difficult.
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Old 19th Mar 2022, 23:11
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Originally Posted by morno
You're talking about a small investment to upskill yourself. Not $100k.

Think of it this way, if youíre doing this to gain a command (because thatís about the only reason you would), how quickly are you going to earn your investment back?

Prior multi crew experience or not, the moment that you think you canít learn something, then you should hang up your wings.
Honestly as mentioned, I think I wont learn 20k worth (with all expenses added up). It is an investment but I'm here trying to find ways to better invest.
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Old 20th Mar 2022, 00:59
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I don't know if this would be of any help, but it seems back in September CASA granted an exemption (CASA EX98/21) to allow the King Air sim (not sure which one) to be used for the ATPL (A) test. In my time we did a short training course to prepare candidates for the test. Whether this training was ever formally approved I know not, but it did meet the spirit of 61.700 3 (b) and was accepted inso far as no successful applicant was denied licence issue.
All that section 61.700 says is 'completed flight training' which is not quite the same as saying 'completed an approved course of flight training'. I think the MCC requirement is already covered if you can show prior multi-crew operational experience on a real multi crew aircraft type (not the King Air) and it should be argued that preparatory practice for the test is 'completing flight training'.
But I was wrong once before.....
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Old 20th Mar 2022, 04:42
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Originally Posted by Mach E Avelli
I don't know if this would be of any help, but it seems back in September CASA granted an exemption (CASA EX98/21) to allow the King Air sim (not sure which one) to be used for the ATPL (A) test. In my time we did a short training course to prepare candidates for the test. Whether this training was ever formally approved I know not, but it did meet the spirit of 61.700 3 (b) and was accepted inso far as no successful applicant was denied licence issue.
All that section 61.700 says is 'completed flight training' which is not quite the same as saying 'completed an approved course of flight training'. I think the MCC requirement is already covered if you can show prior multi-crew operational experience on a real multi crew aircraft type (not the King Air) and it should be argued that preparatory practice for the test is 'completing flight training'.
But I was wrong once before.....
Do you mind DM'ing me information on where you did this?

The problem is its unclear, which is why was ignored for several years (or so I have been told). Now they don't ignore it and testing officers have to sign it of on the form that it has been completed.

Apparently they are working towards an exemption for this rule (command upgrade training at a company, ICUS, etc).

I'm working with casa at the moment and going to be putting forward the training for the command type rating I'm shortly doing, as well as the left seat ICUS time to try and get a special exemption from the legislation from casa higher ups. I just have to put together a "case" and if successful I hope it will help others in a similar situation.
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Old 21st Mar 2022, 02:46
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When the new requirements for an ATPL flight test came courtesy Part 61, Ansett got approval to do it in their old B200 sim. Multi crew procedures were established and a short training course developed. If pilots had no prior multi crew time they had to first do a MCC. This was done by some external organisation. Getting an ATPL was nowhere near as cheap as CASA originally suggested it would be, but an effort at Ansett was made to keep costs down on the King Air by tailoring the training to fit the candidates’ experience.
Then a change of one word - from ‘or’ to ‘and’ in the IPC test - required proficiency to be demonstrated on the use of GPS-enabled navigation systems. The King Air could no longer be used, though now, if you look at the exemption, it seems that CASA have relented on this.
ATPL tests were also conducted on other types, but only for candidates with type ratings, or in some cases coincident with type rating courses.
ATPL tests have been conducted by independent examiners on various types on the basis (in the past) that if the candidate was already flying for an operator with its own checking & training organisation, the candidate was deemed sufficiently trained.in the exotic art of flying to airline standards. If a candidate presented from elsewhere (e.g. converting a foreign licence), to the best of my knowledge, no test was conducted before some prior assessment flying was done to determine suitability.
This new requirement for ‘training’ would appear to require a Part 141 or 142 to get into the act, but as I understand it, a suitably qualified examiiner can still conduct the test outwith any organisation.
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Old 21st Mar 2022, 22:34
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No way should an ATPL Examiner conduct a flight test on a candidate sight unseen. Strict liability puts too much risk onto the Examiner. There needs to be some evidence of "flight training" (WTF that means is not really clear). I would not complete a test unless the applicant had been through a part 141 or 142 training organisation with written evidence of training and proficiency before the flight test.

Onya CASA for really stuffing this up and making the industry pay through the roof yet again
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Old 22nd Mar 2022, 02:22
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An examiner could test a candidate ‘sight unseen’ but with a caveat. That is, a formal recommendation from either an instructor, check pilot or chief pilot.
As for examiner liability, this needs to be fixed. An examiner can only test what he/she sees on the day. If the candidate is concealing a bi-polar condition or some other disorder, an examiner - not being a medical expert - would probably have no idea of this. And a candidate could be great this week but run into personal problems next week which could contribute to events beyond any examiner’s control. The only liability an examiner should carry is for incorrectly administering the test or similar falsification ( or taking cheap whiskey as bribe - a fine malt being the least one should accept).
As for keeping instructors or chief pilots honest, some form of monitoring first time pass versus failure rates could be in order. I believe the FAA does this as part of their system which basically allows instructors to hold approvals almost indefinitely- provided of course that their recommended candidates achieve the necessary first time pass rate. Properly administered, it could do away with multiple checks to retain various instructor privileges. But wait…that would save money for the industry and reduce CASA staff….can’t have that.
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Old 22nd Mar 2022, 11:32
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Originally Posted by Forced Labor
No way should an ATPL Examiner conduct a flight test on a candidate sight unseen. Strict liability puts too much risk onto the Examiner. There needs to be some evidence of "flight training" (WTF that means is not really clear). I would not complete a test unless the applicant had been through a part 141 or 142 training organisation with written evidence of training and proficiency before the flight test.

Onya CASA for really stuffing this up and making the industry pay through the roof yet again
Totally agree, I wouldn't make a decision to recommend the issue of an ATPL based on an Instructor/Check Pilot or Chief Pilot's recommendation for a candidate unless I had total trust in the person making the recommendation. Thanks to CASA putting all the responsibility on the Examiner........









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Hi guys,
Bit late to the party here, but here I am 2 years after op's original post and find myself in pretty much the same situation.
Finding an organization that can do an ATPL flight test in Australia bhas proved to be exceedingly difficult, I've contacted ansett but they seem to full up till the end of the year.
No reply so far from jet star or Qantas training.

(I'm hoping to do the flight test in an A320 sim since I'm already rated on it)

Looking for any clues as to how to get this done.
Many thanks
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Old 10th Jun 2024, 18:47
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Old 11th Jun 2024, 08:15
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Another option is Proflight Training for ATPL flight training / Test.
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Originally Posted by captainhan
Hi guys,
Bit late to the party here, but here I am 2 years after op's original post and find myself in pretty much the same situation.
Finding an organization that can do an ATPL flight test in Australia bhas proved to be exceedingly difficult, I've contacted ansett but they seem to full up till the end of the year.
No reply so far from jet star or Qantas training.

(I'm hoping to do the flight test in an A320 sim since I'm already rated on it)

Looking for any clues as to how to get this done.
Many thanks
Can I ask why you would need an Aus ATPL? Are you applying for a direct entry CMD position with an Aussie company?
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Can I ask why you would need an Aus ATPL? Are you applying for a direct entry CMD position with an Aussie company?
Haha , one could only dream!

I actually have a CASA CPL as well which I attained over 10 years ago.
However at the time I chose to take up an airline career overseas seeing as I had an easier pathway through cadetship when compared to an Australian carrier.
However I'm now considering leaving the left seat for a job back in Australia just for an improvement in QOL.
A lot of the Asian region never really recovered after COVID.
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Originally Posted by captainhan
Haha , one could only dream!

I actually have a CASA CPL as well which I attained over 10 years ago.
However at the time I chose to take up an airline career overseas seeing as I had an easier pathway through cadetship when compared to an Australian carrier.
However I'm now considering leaving the left seat for a job back in Australia just for an improvement in QOL.
A lot of the Asian region never really recovered after COVID.
No Australian airline requires an ATPL.

A CPL with ATPL subjects completed is all that is required. The company will put you through the ATPL flight test as part of your upgrade process. If you work for someone like Careflight or RFDS they will also organise and pay for an ATPL flight test if they want it. Donít waste your money, itís absolutely not required!
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Originally Posted by aussieflyboy
No Australian airline requires an ATPL.

A CPL with ATPL subjects completed is all that is required. The company will put you through the ATPL flight test as part of your upgrade process. If you work for someone like Careflight or RFDS they will also organise and pay for an ATPL flight test if they want it. Donít waste your money, itís absolutely not required!
You are correct about not requiring an ATPL to join.
But here are my circumstances:
I hold a CASA CPL & MECIR without any ATPL subject theory credits. I also hold a full ICAO ATPL.
Converting my ICAO ATPL via means of sitting two theory exams and an ATPL flight test (as per the conversion process, is a far easier ( study time and effort-wise )approach to gaining a CASA ATPL than having to do 7 full ATPL subjects.
Hence how I've come to this struggle of looking for simulators/instructors to do the actual test.
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Well, this one has been going on for quite a while.

Canít see why itís been so hard - off the top of my head I can tell you that in Darwin there is a DHC-8 TRI / FE who can also do the ATPL flight test & has done many for a wide range of people from various organisations. Works in his own Company.

Look him up & you might have a solution.
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Could be worth asking prospective employers if they would view your completion of the AHUF/AOSA exams as a frozen ATPL for eligibility purposes?

Essentially yields the same result as long as you can get your check ride incorporated into training within 12 months.

Could be overly optimistic, but I'm in the same boat as you and I've been told this has been done before and could be done again...
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