ATPL Flight Planning (Aeroplane)

Introduction to ATPL Flight Planning

This subject is based on planning flights in a jet aircraft. For this subject, the aircraft used is a Boeing 727 (B727). Many people wonder why CASA chooses to continue using an old aircraft that is not used very much in Australia. The actual type of aircraft is not really relevant as it is more about the process of planning the flight than the specifics of the aircraft type. All jet transport aircraft will have similar considerations to the B727. 

This subject is largely problem solving that involves two basic processes: extracting data (weather, charts and flight manual) and calculations. The calculations are mostly based around aircraft weight limitations and fuel requirements. 

Strategies to pass the CASA exam

Most students find that the biggest issue is finishing the exam within the allotted time. It is essential that students take the time in the early stages of the course to consolidate the concepts and processes rather than trying to complete the exercises in minimum time. Speed and accuracy will be developed once the correct techniques have been consolidated and mastered. 

When attending this subject, it is important to ensure that nothing will get in the way of completing the exercises set each day as the following day’s work will be based on the previous days work. Most people require at least the same amount of time after class as they spent in class to keep up with the subject. This is one benefit of having less class hours per day.

Although many people have a fear of this subject (due to its reputation as having lower pass rates) many students have been able to score very high marks, including 100%.

Course duration and structure

The time allocated to this course to ensure that candidates are well prepared for the CASA exam is 4 weeks. The course material is presented during the first 2 weeks of the course, during which the workbook provided for classwork will be filled out. This workbook corresponds to the class presentations. On completion of the coursework this then effectively becomes the textbook for study and reference. The workbook also includes numerous exercises designed to build skill and accuracy. (See a sample of the workbook pages: above right)

A further 2 weeks is provided as part of the course to allow for the completion and debriefing of numerous online practice tests and practice exams. These are the equivalent to more than 10 practice exams to be completed that should ensure that candidates are well practiced in handling exam style questions. (See a sample online exam question: above right) The debriefing process is critical to ensure that errors are eliminated prior to sitting the CASA exam. Participating in a class discussion of completed questions is very helpful to highlight common errors and to develop strategies to best answer exam questions.

Some candidates are not able to take enough time off work to allocate a 4 week block of time. For those candidates, although it is not ideal, it is possible to attend the 2 week full time course, and then to work through the practice questions at their own pace, getting tutorial assistance as required.

After completing all the practice questions with a view to developing accuracy, candidates can re-sit the exercises and exams to improve speed in preparation for the CASA Flight Planning exam.

Benefits of this course

Candidates who enrol in this course get to participate in an interactive learning environment with other classmates while learning the processes and fine points required to pass what can be a challenging exam.

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ATPL Flight Planning (Aeroplane)

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