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Old 9th Oct 2008, 15:26
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PPL suggested exam order?

what is it?

Air law is done with 90% pass.

What should I do next?

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Old 9th Oct 2008, 15:35
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After the tedium of Air Law pick an easy one like Human Performance & Limitation. A couple of nights reading and it'll be another one in the bag.
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Old 9th Oct 2008, 16:42
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thanks for your reply.
Good way of thinking, I was thinking Navigation was the next logical one, but can imagine that being heavy going too
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Old 9th Oct 2008, 16:43
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Try to make sure that you do RT and Nav before you get to the navigation part of the training.
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Old 9th Oct 2008, 16:50
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Also, get Met out of the way ASAP.

Ideally before you sit the Nav exam. Not only will you need it for your actual nav trips but you can also self-brief the day before your lessons. This will mean fewer phonecalls to your instructor on the morning of your lesson along the lines of 'are we going to be flying today?' Instructors like to see a bit of initiative.

With the Nav exam itself, you will generally need to pass it before you start the solo nav part of your training. But the theoretical side of the nav exam is much easier to pass once you have some practical experience of navigating. You might also find that your instructor's methods of teaching nav might be much more straight forward than those methods found in the textbooks. Mine certainly were!

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Old 10th Oct 2008, 13:22
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might do human performance next and then Met. Only if I can get human performance out of way after only a few days reading though.
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Old 10th Oct 2008, 14:02
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This is how I planned and it has worked.

Air Law
Human Factors

I have done the top three and will be sitting Human factors and comms this month. Not bad having 5 exams done before you start

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Old 10th Oct 2008, 16:22
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I did them in this order:

Air Law
Aircraft Technical
Flight Planning and Performance
Human Factors

Air Law was the hardest I found, rest were fairly straightforward, I did the last 5 in a fortnight.
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Old 10th Oct 2008, 23:40
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I did Air Law, R/T, Nav and I'm doing Met now. I was told I had to do R/T before I could go solo, I'm not sure if that's a club rule or not. Either way, R/T was a good one to do after Air Law because there are a few bits of Air Law in it.
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Old 10th Oct 2008, 23:58
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I was told I had to do R/T before I could go solo, I'm not sure if that's a club rule or not.
It's a club rule.
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Old 11th Oct 2008, 17:41
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everyone has their own exam order.
Motivation is a big thing here too dont forget. What I did was piled the books up on my desk, then started knocking them off one at a time and watching the pile of books getting smaller. That way I built up a bit of momentum to get finished.

So, I did:

Air Law
Human Performance

Did those 3 to shall we say get the smaller of the 3 subjects out of the way first, then after that:


then I left Nav till the end so I could learn that hand in hand with the practical side in the aeroplane,

all the best, either way you choose am sure it'll work for u buddy!
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Old 13th Oct 2008, 09:53
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Well I suppose everyone has their own preference, so far I have done:

Air law
Human perf

Currently working on Tech and Planning as a pair, since there doesn't seem to be a clear division between them (in the Air pilot's manual vol.4 anyway). After that there's only R/T, which I hope to have pretty much learned by the time I come to do it anyway.
Got until end Apr '09 to get the last 3 finished

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Old 16th Oct 2008, 10:19
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How does it work in the UK do you do the exams during groundschool in the same manner as the ATPL exams or do you do them after groundschool is finished?
In Sweden we don't get to do them until we've finished groundschool.
I sat all 9 exams in one day about 4 months after groundschool was finished.
I passed all of them albeit with small margins on some.
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Old 16th Oct 2008, 10:45
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G-EMMA wow that's a little bit different, in Sweden you have to attend groundschool and if i remember correctly have atleast 75% attendance, do groundschool exams and pass them before you get to sit the real exams. You're flying school reports all of this to the Swedish CAA.
Those 130 hours of groundschool was a great experience with all of ous working towards the same goal and we had a blast!
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Old 16th Oct 2008, 12:10
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I did "Human Performance" last. The only reason being as you get to the skills test, there's a good chance that you've not done all of your exams. If it's a toughie left to go, then it just adds more pressure.

I had 4 weeks to run and 3 exams left to do. Luckily one of them was human performance which made it a bit easier. Had it of been 3 tough ones I wouldn't have got my license complete when I did. Also "Flight Planning & Performance" is a shorter subject than others and so leaving that 2nd to last makes the lead out a little bit easier imho.

Although I'm not sure if there's a requirement to have all exams complete before taking the skills test, I have a feeling that there is though.
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Old 16th Oct 2008, 18:23
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The way I did it:

Air Law
Aircraft General Knowledge
Performance & Planning
Human Factors

Will be doing the Comms. soon. Then hopefully the flight test shouldn't be so far away.

Best way is to do what I did and go with what your instructor recommends.

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Old 27th Oct 2008, 17:33
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In the same position myself, just got Airlaw and RT out the way.

I'm with christimson, after the tedium of Air law take a less boring, slightly easier one.

Having spoken to people about to complete their training, the hardest thing is actually getting round to taken the written exams.

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