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Old 30th Apr 2019, 13:08
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Study techniques

I know I'm going to get some stick for this! but how do you lot stay on top of study and knowledge of aircraft systems etc? I try to get at least a few hours in per flight! but does anyone have any tips or advice how to make this more enjoyable!

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Old 12th May 2019, 21:54
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A couple of hours’ study per flight?......I think you are probably doing more than most.

I was an engineer before being a pilot, so I find technical stuff interesting and easy to assimilate.

But don’t overthink this, You do not need to know every bolt and joint. You need to know what to do if the system stops working.

More specifically, you need to know your memory drills. Then your ECAM actions and drills - which will be displayed for you to follow - read and do. Then you have the STATUS page followed by QRH, and the computer reset table, and the summaries for double hydraulic failure, emergency electric configuration etc.

Above all: FLY - pitch, power, attitude. Navigate - MSA?, where are the nearest airports?, Communicate - work through ECAM and talk to cabin crew and ATC. Then get PM to sort the problem.

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Old 15th May 2019, 21:57
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Originally Posted by A320baby View Post
I know I'm going to get some stick for this! but how do you lot stay on top of study and knowledge of aircraft systems etc? I try to get at least a few hours in per flight! but does anyone have any tips or advice how to make this more enjoyable!

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In my experience, either systems are you thing or they're not. Meaning, you may amass a pretty decent knowledge, but you'll never enjoy it, if that's not your kind of good time. Myself, I'm a big time systems nerd, I've been known to read systems manuals TO CURE BOREDOM.
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Old 16th May 2019, 08:42
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A sound knowledge of systems will always be essential and after the basic ground school and exam is usually a case of periodic revision but equally essential is a sound knowledge of company SOPs and all the non-normal procedures through to the boxed items in the emergency check-list. These don't get taught in ground school so much so it helps to make yourself familiar with them and to then maintain that familiarity.
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Old 16th May 2019, 19:23
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Another scheme is to pick 1 non-normal procedure per flight/day. After reviewing the procedure, go to the FCOM and review the specifics and intricacies of the affected system.
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Old 18th May 2019, 15:17
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Thank you for your replies! Some very useful information
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