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Old 19th May 2016, 03:51
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Hey Sharklet

1) Unfortunately not although I would jump at the opportunity!
2) I wish we didn't but who knows, I'd rather be grilled by HR for 2 days
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Old 19th May 2016, 14:56
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Hi all
I have been invited to attend the simulator assessment.
Could someone, who attended the sim assessment recently, give me any feedback or tips.
thank you very much
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Old 20th May 2016, 10:07
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Angelo26. Review your soft skills and practice raw data,good luck.
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Old 20th May 2016, 14:28
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Originally Posted by Phantom4 View Post
Angelo26. Review your soft skills and practice raw data,good luck.
Hi Phantom4,
thank you very much for your advice!
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Old 20th May 2016, 16:58
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Hi Angelo,

I'm not sure which type BA are using at the moment, but this might help if it's a 757/767:

It has 2nd generation EFIS with an EADI and an EHSI which can display VOR/ILS full rose, expanded rose or Map.

The other flight instruments are conventional round-dial ASI, Altimeter, IVSI and DDRMI. The primary engine gauges are on the upper EICAS and are round-dial EPR, N1 and EGT.

If you have a brain fade:

60% N1 and 5 degrees nose up will give S+L clean at about 220kts;

65% and 4 degrees will give S+L with F5 at about 180kts; and

55% and 1 degree will give an ILS profile with gear down, F20 and about 155kts.

The main thing to watch is to keep it in trim! Very powerful thrust/pitch couple which can cause 'reverse trimming', e.g. on a go-around, you apply TOGA thrust and pitch to 15 degrees but you have to trim nose down to stop the attitude increasing further. Then, when you level off, lower the nose and reduce thrust to 65%, you have to trim nose up to stop the attitude reducing too much.

Please note that I am not rated on the 757/767 but have been rated on 737 and 747 and also have access to some 767 manuals which allow me to make 'educated guesses' regarding generic handling techniques. Good luck!
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Old 20th May 2016, 20:04
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Angelo I did my sim 5 years back on 747. To my mind I was ropey handling wise at best. I'm Airbus rated as was my co-conspirator. We failed to land on either approach, forgot to get the weather and were briefing the Sid and approach into ema as we flew down it. BUT the one thing we did was stay calm, jollied each other along , laughed a little and stayed safe. We both got in. Don't sweat the big stuff , do your best but above all show them you are a calm , professional affable pilot who has a sense of humour under pressure. Good luck. Ps my trimming was abysmal.
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Old 20th May 2016, 21:36
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Briefing a SID during an approach- there's hope for me yet
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Old 21st May 2016, 08:55
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Massiveheed

From the feedback I have had, from a number of people who have not got through the sim assessment, you would not get away with that now.

Feedback that they have received has been relatively minor points compared to what you have admitted to.

Different assessors look at things in different ways, though. They shouldn't - but they do.
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Old 21st May 2016, 12:03
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IMHO the assessors are standardised and are looking at the same attributes and performance. They would not be given the task otherwise.
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Old 21st May 2016, 12:32
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Cullin H

Different assessors look at things in different ways, though. They shouldn't - but they do.
Have you been told that by one of the recruitment team/assessors or by some of their candidates?
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Old 21st May 2016, 14:18
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What's the answer then?

I have to admit, that while I'm sure they are all very standardised and quite literally singing from the same hymn sheet, surely if someone were marginal for example of the pass/fail grade, are we suggesting that if they were examined by ever single recruiter in the sim, they'd all come to the exact same conclusion of either the pass or fail? Surely some times that person would pass and others they'd fail? You'd like the think the vast majority of the examiners would agree, but I'm sure there are people in BA who doing the exact same sim with a different recruiter wouldn't have passed and vice versa.
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Old 21st May 2016, 14:57
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Hi Cullin,I think you are wrong.The assessors are of a very high calibre and very skilled CRMIs. The candidate is a strong contender and the position is to be a future British Airways Captain.BA are in the minority in giving a four hour detail to two candidates. If as you say,a candidate is marginal,would you pass them on that performance? The key to success is preparation.
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Old 21st May 2016, 15:58
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Hi Eckhard!

Thanks for your advice!

Massiveheed, thanks for your tip!
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Old 22nd May 2016, 12:08
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For us with a rating not on the EASA license, when is the latest time that BA require you to transfer it?
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Old 22nd May 2016, 12:50
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I seem to recall LC telling us that it had to be done before your first day. I did my group session quite a way back though, so I'm open to correction! In my mind.... As soon as you get a 'successful email' get it converted ASAP! In case you encounter any (unlikely) problems.
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Old 30th May 2016, 13:06
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Hey Guys,

I am invited to attend the first assessment day this week. (Verbal reasoning/numerical reasoning)

its almost impossible to read all of the 150 pages, could anyone be so kind and write a very short summary on what I can expect and any tips/advices?

Thank you very much and kind regards,
E170
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Old 30th May 2016, 14:11
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E170,

Sorry to sound a little harsh ( OK, I'm not sorry) but why would someone who had been to an assessment day that they had fully prepared for, including reading this thread, and who had posted his tips a few pages/months/weeks ago bother wasting his time repeating themselves because you can't be bothered to read back through this thread.

Regards
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Old 30th May 2016, 14:36
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binsleepen is totally spot on.

You may want to read through post number 325 page 17 and post number 2414 page 121

Taking time to look through this thread does pay off, from what I have seen so far is the following for day one.

.Flight Capacity test such as setting a virtual FMS and monitoring electrical pages and applying checklists, monitoring fuel and taking a snapshot every 2 minutes, setting waypoints, clicking on a possible TCAS on the ND, calculating how many miles to commence your descend when ATC gives you new levels etc.

.Maths tests with no data interpretation, but simple maths I think 25 questions but very time limited- again many examples on this and other threads

.New style Verbal reasoning test- maybe others who have been could be kind to give an example.

Another post had a link of what the test looks like post number 285 page 144
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=ps...SQGz-Au-iWM%3A

I am sure your capable of doing further research and I will leave it at that.
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Old 30th May 2016, 16:16
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Think I read all 146 pages (back then).... Twice over! You've got to want it, otherwise it's likely that you won't get it....
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Old 30th May 2016, 20:12
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its almost impossible to read all of the 150 pages
I'm going to help you out with a shortlist of things that are genuinely impossible:

1.Walking on clouds
2.Setting the moon on fire
3.Conducting a reasonable 2-way conversation with a Llama

Things that are fundamentally within the realms of possibility:

1.Reading stuff on PPRuNe*
2.Passing BA selection**

**Possible link
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