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Frequent Flyer
Jan 30, 2002
I read here, getting sim evals in sims ranging from BE-90 to CE-V
It is obvious, it can be tough if you never flew a turboprop with round dials or a jet with EFIS and speed / alt. tapes, HUGE differences!
Is there any consideration regarding your background when EJA assigns the type of sim?
What about the use of automation? Required or encouraged or not allowed?
Do you know the type of A/C sim and profiles used before hand?

The most common sim used at most interview locations is a King Air. BUT, when I interviewed last year they told me to plan on a King Air 90 and when I arrived I was told I was using a Falcon. Not a big deal whichever you get, they both had analog gauges and you just set the power settings they tell you and fly it, they are just looking for your IFR flying skills and knowledge. The answer on the automation is a definite No. No to the autopilot and even a No for the flight director, all raw data flying so get the old scan sharpened. They will send you a profile and everything you need to know before the interview. This is just from my interview, I don't know if any other locations use any sims with the glass or not, I kind of doubt it. Good Luck!
They use the Citation V out in Wichita, King Air's elsewhere.
If you are now used to flying glass, I highly recommend spending
an hour or two practicing using the HSI and the RMI. After not
using either of the two for over 1.5 years, I unintentionally went
into the sim thinking that was going to be the easy part of the
interview. My sudden inability to remember clearly how to set
up a simple radial intercept, set me up for disaster.
My point is practice makes perfect. Even though you flew/taught/
used those tools before, if you haven't used them recently they
will bite you....That's what happened to me.Maybe I'm just really stupid or can't fly my way out of a paper bag, but I know that if I had spent just one hour down at the local flight school's ATC 310 training aid, I probably would have had a different outcome. I got the big bad R-letter because of it. The oral is easy to get ready for and so is the flying. Beware brother that you don't do as I do.....

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