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Old 30th Jul 2010, 20:16
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Keeping up to scratch...

...and by that I mean with regards to the theoretical side of flying.

Hey all, I have just recently completed the ATPL theory exams and will be taking a short break from the rest of my flying training for various reasons. I am just slightly concerned that once I have completed my training, and am ready to apply for jobs (fingers crossed there will be some) the knowledge that I have picked up along the way and throughout my ATPL groundschool will have somewhat diminished.

I guess I'm just curious as to what you all think are the key points to remember when it comes to flying professionally and during interviews with airlines.

I know I will constantly be learning throughout my career, and that revision of certain topics will be required.

Thanks for any help/advice.

Mark.
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Old 30th Jul 2010, 21:54
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you're day to day life as a pilot, you only need to remember about 0.1% of what was shoved in your head at ground school. once you sit and pass the exam, you have a brain enema and forget everything you learnt so you make space for some new stuff.
honestly, who needs to know the spacing between approach lights on a calvert lighting system? has any professional pilot argued the toss with some dispatcher over the chicago convention? nope. 99.9% of what you learnt is irrelevant. obviously it's always a good idea to hang onto your books if you are a pervert that needs to look that kind of stuff up.

fortunately, all the stuff you will need to remember from ground school has been conveniently condensed into the Part A of an Ops manual.

as for interviews, things you should prepare for.
a) a basic knowledge of the aircraft and company you are being interviewed for.
b) answers for the usual pseudo-psychobabel 'where do you see yourself in 5 years' questions that guardian reading huggy fluffs like to ask.
c) prepare using a technical interview book for an idea of general aviation related questions you maybe asked. although these books can be at best misleading, and at worst downright wrong, it does get you thinking on the right lines as to what's worth knowing.
d) clean your suit, brush you hair, shine your shoes, smile when introduced and have a firm handshake. the rest will be easy after that.
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Old 30th Jul 2010, 23:56
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If you get a job flying an airliner you will find a use for the vast majority of what you learned. Some will be used daily and some much less frequently. The knowledge will help you understand what is going on or help you develop a very good base.
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Old 31st Jul 2010, 06:22
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keep your ATPL books.

If you have an interview, try to get info on the interview process.
then revise your atpl book and focus on the question you may get during the interview.

did interviews , passed all written test.All I need to do is to spend a few hours in my books and note.
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