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Failing ATPL exams

Old 2nd Apr 2017, 09:14
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I know first hand of cadets, of a certain nationality, of a well known middle eastern airline, at a well known flight school taking up to 4 resits but retaining their place on the scheme. It didn't seem to count against them.
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Old 2nd Apr 2017, 11:49
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I don't work in the EU but have never been asked about failures or retakes of written exams.
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Old 8th Apr 2017, 14:45
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It's a tricky one.
I worked as an ATPL theory instructor for 3 years, and regularly got requests from airlines asking for flight school reports and ground school averages (including no: of attempts). However, as the market has improved since about 2015/6 the number of sittings or retakes didn't seem as important.
I know of students with between 3-5 fails having used all six attempts getting interviews with airlines such as Flybe, and others with almost perfect records struggling to get any contact at all.

My personal stats were, 88% average with 1 fail. However, during my one and only interview, at no point were theory exams mentioned at all. They had clearly seen my CV and said "He'll do"

Interviews these days are overwhelmingly based on competency. They care about who you are, and what you're like as a person than how smart you are. You have, after all, already proven you can pass all the required training.
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