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Old 26th Aug 2007, 22:14
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Getting so much useful information. I,m almost looking forward to it all. thanks
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Old 27th Aug 2007, 15:21
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Starting in September

Reading this I know I made the right choice.....
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Old 27th Aug 2007, 18:51
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5 months mod 1 + 2

Completed mod 1 + 2 with bristol in 4 months. Went slightly doolally but as alex said - if you put the time in, it can be done and i did. Great school, great material and great instructos - the 2 week crammer and exam week is a grueler but certainly charachter building and hopefully worth it in the end
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Old 27th Aug 2007, 19:40
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Hey,

Just to reiterate what everyone else has said so far. Bristol are great, I'm on my Mod 2 brush up as week speak- first time passes already gained in April with 96% average.

On another note, if you didn't know, CTC send their modular guys to BGS, so if it's good enough for them.....

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Old 27th Aug 2007, 20:33
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4 Months for distance learning That must be some sort of record. Did you even go outside during that period?

From everyone's opinion on here it seems that if you are doing the ATPL's by distance learning then you really only have one option. Bristol seem to be a most professional outfit and if your prepared to meet them half way by putting some effort in then you will come out with the exams in your pocket at the end of the day
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Old 27th Aug 2007, 21:10
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All very encouraging. Anybody reading these posts from BGS must feel 10ft tall!
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Old 27th Aug 2007, 21:17
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Mate they know they're good..........
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Old 28th Aug 2007, 10:22
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On BGS web site they say hint that some exams harder than others. Obviously this must be true but which are the tricky ones? I'm guessing like ppl that air law will be a struggle?
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Old 28th Aug 2007, 16:51
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Everyone is different mate. I personally found MET hard, purely because there is more to read then the rest (with the notes the school supply).
However, the ATPL's in general are not particularly hard, its more a matter of quantity.

Really easy ones tend to be:

VFR Comms
IFR Comms

Pretty easy:

Mass and Bal
Human Perf
R Nav
Law
Ops

Require more thought:

Flt Plan
Instruments
Met
G Nav
Perf
PofF
AGK

The above is my opinion.

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Old 28th Aug 2007, 18:51
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all really useful points from everyone, especially for wannabees like me evaluating all my options before taking the plunge! well done to you guys getting such solid results!!
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Old 28th Aug 2007, 20:14
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Yeah well done from me too and thanks for sharing your findings and taking time to pass advice on.
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Old 29th Aug 2007, 14:43
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4 Months for distance learning That must be some sort of record. Did you even go outside during that period?
My Bristol GS module 1 arrived late October, and I completed my last exam (Module 2) early February, just over 3 months later.

Not counting the 6 weeks which were taken up by the brush-up courses and exam weeks, that left just 10 weeks of home study, which included a 2 week break (yeah, right!) over Christmas and New Year.

The CPL, night rating, and IR were 'in the bag' by mid June, less than 8 months after buying the Bristol GS course. Oh, and I did manage to fit in a 2 week foreign holiday between the Mod 2 exams and starting the CPL - honestly!

A very busy time, when I did not get out much! But a whole lot quicker and more cost effective than if I had chosen an integrated course - a point I made in a previous post on the subject.

Bristol GS certainly provides the means to make that type of progress possible with their excellent course. But at the end of the day, it is down to the individual to set a pace which is comfortable and sustainable for their own unique circumstances and learning rate. Motivation is the key ingredient here. I was highly motivated, being significantly the 'wrong side' of 40 before starting.

Good luck to all who choose to embark on the commercial aviation career path, whichever route that might be. And don't let anybody tell you that being over 40 is too old to start, provided you are highly motivated, and you have the ability.

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Old 30th Aug 2007, 10:25
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PM.

A story of encouragement if ever there was one. Well done and hope you gain employment very soon if not already.
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Old 30th Aug 2007, 18:03
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pilotmike,

My hat goes off to you . Just goes to show that no matter what your never too old to chase your dreams. If you wan't something bad enough you will usually get it with a little bit of hard work.... right, enough with the cliches

p.s. not that I'm saying your old pm
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Old 31st Aug 2007, 21:38
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Just thought that I'd chuck my hat into the ring, after 22 years as a military helicopter engineer I left the daily grind and spent 5 months getting the ATPL ground school done, studying full time at home with BGS notes. I managed to pass all exams first time and averaged 93.5%, this is by no means a reflection of my academic abilities and is purely down to the standard of the BGS course, the notes are excellent but even the notes are surpassed by the quality of the instructors and the feedback questions dished out during the revision fortnights. The revision courses are hard work with 9-5 attendance and then sitting up with feedback stuff until about mid-night but it was well worth it. I cannot recommend BGS highly enough.
As far as what subjects are easiest and hardest, my own opinion is that the weight and balance and the two comms modules are easiest and that meteorology and air law were hardest with the remainder somewhere in the middle.
On another matter, as one of the older trainees out there (41 years old) it was wonderful to read the post from pilotmike who got his first job aged 43 and even shares a christian name with me (surely an omen!!!!!), well done mate if I cam emulate your achievements I will be wearing a smile so big it'll make the Cheshire Cat look like a manic depressive. Its also great to see that a working pilot is taking the time and effort to check the training posts and hand out advice......nice one.
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Old 1st Sep 2007, 10:09
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I've been plugging BGS for many years now. I've never - not once - in all the time of PPRuNe being in existence heard a single whinge or complaint against them.

Never went there myself as it was a bit before my time.

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Old 1st Sep 2007, 16:32
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WiFi

Does anyone know if any of the usual accommodation options (or the school itself) have wireless internet access? (thinking atponline.gs here ) Thanks
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Old 1st Sep 2007, 16:36
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I am currently sitting in Brian Webber's place in Cheddar. It's on the Bristol website, and yes, if you are reading this, this is confirmation of wireless here.

I came here for Mod 1 and now Mod 2.

Best value for money, £135 per week, and then £6 on top for a really nice, hassle free home cooked meal.

Its about a 10 minute walk, or 2 minute drive from the ground school-made this whole process a lot easier.

Wish me luck for mod 2 next week...

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Old 1st Sep 2007, 17:03
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Lovely, cheers.

And good luck with Mod 2!!!
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Old 1st Sep 2007, 23:20
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Pilot Mike.
Credit to you for taking the time to browse these sites. Believe me it's a big help to here your experiences, I'm sure everyone will agree. Lifts the spirits to here a success story! Thanks again.
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good luck to you for mod 2!
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