To prepare for training, I would suggest you tell your family you will be very busy. Let the girlfriend/wife/significant other know that you will call, but not for hours on the phone, as you will have little money and less time. Get your life in order so that you can concentrate on the task at hand.
I would NOT suggest that you find any gouge, training materials or memory items. The memory items changed twice during my ground school, so I had to re-learn some of them. You are best served by getting mentally prepared, and not trying to get ahead of the game by studying anything special. If you want to look at something, I would suggest the 121 and 91 regs, your current ops manual if you have one, and the AIM. Then, when you come to class, make some friends, put your head down, and fly like the pilot you know you are. Good luck, and welcome aboard.
Thanks for info. I just got a call today for training date. Since it's my first 121 class, I don't have clear idea of what's it like. I will most likely stay in crashpad during training, but is there usually a good studying room (desk, chair, quiet room) in crashpad? If not, does Comair building has a studying room where we can stay there after class and study? Thanks.
I agree with SDD. If you feel you must prepare study 91, 121 and the AIM. The number one thing to do is to get your life in order prior to starting training. The best way to be successful is to not have any distractions.
BTW, I went through two of Comairs newhire programs in the last year. The only way you are going to fail is if you don't try, have a bad attitude or are completely incompetent. Relax. It's going to be fun, challenging and extremely rewarding all at the same time.
One other thing. If you don't have any prior turbine time get a hold of "The Turbine Pilot's Flight Manual". If I remember correctly it's written by a couple of guys named Smith or Brown. Ask around for the exact title and author's names. It's pretty much the standard guidebook these days for new turbine pilots. It's worth the $20 bucks or so. It's easy to find. I got mine at either Barnes and Noble or Borders, I forget which.
Good luck and welcome to Comair. You're going to like it here.... a lot.
Its a seperate book, 121/flight crew regs. Jeppesen makes a copy, should be able to pick it up from your local aviation store, or failing that, im sure one of the online booksellers will have it. Its about half the size of the 91/135 book but loks just like it.
relax until you start . once underway anything but memory items, limitations and profiles is fluff and will not matter in the end. dont get bogged down in systems and company f.o.m. stuff. learn that stuff only to pass the writtens and the oral and then forget it. BUT FROM DAY ONE START ON THE MEMORY ITEMS , THE LIMITATIONS AND CHAIR FLY THE PROFILES UNTIL YOU HAVE THEM COLD AND CAN FLY THEM IN YOUR SLEEP....... it is the simulator training that you want have down cold because that is where you either go to work or go home
Not many crashpads have a study room, but there are a lot of libraries around town that you can use. Many people live in CVG, but many do not. I know of five people who commute out of Phoenix to here, and we have about sixty who live in Orlando and commute. Also, don't worry about the 121 regs that much. The regs are pretty short, and not difficult to learn, especially if you're used to the 135 stuff. Most of the things you need are in the ops and flight standards manuals anyway. I thought the most difficult part was the duty times and rest stuff, and most of that is superseded by the contract anyway. Don't worry, there are lot's of people who can help you with that stuff. Just know the profiles/emergency procedures and memory items like the other guy said. That is what will get you through the sim.