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Just passed the oral exam

OneBadLT123

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Man, it was intense thats for sure. But the examiner said I did great over all. It was a little nerve racking since I had someone from the FSDO sit in during the exam as well.

Man, I feel so relieved though to finally have that certificate.
 

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Congrats! I just got mine in August and had the FAA sit in on mine also. It definitely raises the stress level a notch.
 

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Congrats on getting your little green card (well, eventually in the mail)...

Remember...that thing is just your license to learn...you don't know as much as you think you do. :)

Best of luck!
 

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...that is your license to learn...

Best of luck!

LOL...That is what my examiner told me when I passed my exam 15 years ago! :beer:

AHHHHH the good 'ole days when you could obtain your certificate and carriers would knock down your door asking you to work for them! :cool:

I pitty the "newbies" these days. Things are very tough out there....
 

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Yeah, when I got my cert back in 2000 I knew it - I could spew forth 121 backwards and forewards

It took a good 6-12 months on a desk, however, for all that knowledge to congeal and actually make sense.

Congrats on the certificate. Just remember, the FSDO dude was watching your examiner give administer the oral - not watching you, since it isnt his signature on your tempo certificate. Not that that little distinction means squat when you're on the hot seat...
 

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LOL...That is what my examiner told me when I passed my exam 15 years ago! :beer:

AHHHHH the good 'ole days when you could obtain your certificate and carriers would knock down your door asking you to work for them! :cool:

I pitty the "newbies" these days. Things are very tough out there....


Ain't that the truth.
 

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Congrats....that is a tough oral especially with uninvited guest showing up.

Did you attend a Dispatch school if so; which one?

Any job offers?
 
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Congrats....that is a tough oral especially with uninvited guest showing up.

Did you attend a Dispatch school if so; which one?

Any job offers?
Yeah they had a lady from the FSDO come in because she said they need to sit in an a few exams to make sure the examiners are properly testing the applicants. I thought I was going to get the hammer thrown down on me in there, but it wasn't THAT bad I guess. I knew the stuff, so I assume thats why it wasnt too hard. Just intimidating though thats for sure.

Place called Academy College here in the MSP area. I currently got picked up by Mesaba. Classes start on the 6th, so that is where I will be starting off. :)
 
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I just want to ask a few of you current Dx'ers a question. When you did your training, was all the ground instruction based off the B727-200 with the JT8D-7 engines? All of our W&B, Fuel, enroute stuff, TO and Landing analysis was based off that type and that configuration.

Just wondering if thats the standard aircraft for training, or if it varies from school to school.
 

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Some schools do the B727, some do the B737-3.

Personally, I think that they should be teaching the CRJ, or some other type of regional aircraft, because that is what you'll be working for quite a while...
 

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My class (ca. 2000) used the DC-9... I remember the manuals were all so badly xeroxed they were barely usable.

Echoing what the others said about now having a license to learn. Be ready to check most of your dispatch education at the door when you start class at Mesaba. Pay attention, be humble and open-minded and you'll be fine. Congrats and good luck.
 

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Ha, yeah all the performance tables and our set of "ops specs" were so badly copied from over the years. Half of the MEL and CDL section was Champion's and NWA's old 727 stuff.

Yeah And I heard about the "ticket to learn" phrase from my instructor. He said I will probably never use the E6-B again, the printed weather products (radar summary, depiction, etc...) nor any of those chase around charts as well. They will teach me what they want me to know over at Mesaba instead.
 

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OneBadLT123;1682337 Yeah And I heard about the "ticket to learn" phrase from my instructor. He said I will probably never use the E6-B again said:
If you do any Int'l dispatching, you will use the E6B and the old ass weather charts ALL THE TIME.
 

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Well, at least drop the E6B, and get a CR-6 from Jeppesen...

You're doing high-performance aircraft now, not a C172...
 

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Well my E6-B had the high speeds on the wind correction side instead of the 172 crap.

Not that it really matters though cause I hate that thing.
 
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