You're right. TSA was tough only because they expected you to figure a lot of the stuff out for yourself. If you didn't have previous airline or turbine experience to draw from you had a few strikes against you to start. To be fair, many of the individual instructors were very good and helpful but the company culture was to weed out those who couldn't get it quickly. To quote a memorable line from a higher up in the Training Dept. (many years ago)..."If they can't figure it out for themselves we don't want them". Their initial checkride failure rate was over 50%. I guess it made them look tough for the Feds. This was some time ago though....have things changed there?Knob said:Lakes is the hardest I've ever been through. There is absolutely no help for stragglers and the sim eats new hires alive. I think the washout rate is somewhere around 30%. To me this just says the training program is inadequate.
I think that was the point....they wanted us to be nervous and intimidated...not so much about the airplane but about the company. It's a control technique. For what it's worth, just get your instrument flying down solid and read Mark Holt's (former TSA Captain) book "Turbine Pilot" and you'll be well prepared to enter ground school at a regional airline. Good preparation will help in dealing with nervousness. Good luck. WCOUT said:I know that I will be very nervous an intimidated when I finally make it to a regional ground school.