Just a quick update from ATPL theory month 24: POF
There really isn’t much to say about it really. I have been going all out on what is my last exam trying to get my head around it all.
If I am being honest I think POF got a little neglected, as first time Mass and Balance and Performance took more of my attention and last time Gnav and Flight planning did.
I must admit I am finding it easier to study for just one exam at a time, why we are forced to learn multiple exams at once I don’t really know. This issue is compounded even more when you are working full-time also.
I am making good progress and I feel my knowledge in the subject is increasing and hopefully all will be fine by the time the exam comes round.
It is mad how fast time goes, I am already down to 4.5 weeks till the exam which I plan to sit at the start of July. Fingers crossed all will be fine and I can put this chapter behind me.
I haven’t really been flying at all as the weather has been a bit hit and miss. I did have most of this week of to get some hours done but the plane now has to go into the shop for it’s 50 hour check and a few other bits, so that’s the end of that one.
Hopefully this month will be more productive as I still have 39 hours I need to build.
Last month was a bit hectic so I didn’t get a chance to do this update. On top of this I sat exams all this week, so here are the ATPL theory month 23: sitting 5 results.
GNAV – 78% – I am so relieved to have passed this exam, I dunno why but I have found it very hard and having failed it first time round it is a relief to have it over with.
My brain just doesn’t seem to care for convergency or departure etc but seems I got it together just enough to pass this exam.
Flight Planning – 77% – There was two fuel penalty questions in this exam that I have never seen before and quite frankly were impossible for me to solve due to having no practice. I don’t see anything in the material about them either, apparently it is a new question type. To top this off they were each worth 3 marks each, so not ideal.
Aside from this the exam was pretty fair, with PSR, PET, GAMMA, RCF, 1.3 Trip etc questions.
POF – 70% – Gutted. To get 70% AGAIN on my 5th sitting is not ideal. In fact it sucks! This is now my last exam and I have until July to pass it. For this reason I am not going to rush. I am going to sit it at the start of July, which gives me two months to focus on only POF. I am going to learn this subject inside out!
There were 2 questions which made no sense whatsoever (they seemed to be translated) but I am not going to waste my time (or money) on an appeal.
I dunno what is going on with POF but I know 2 guys who have failed 3 times and one who has failed 2 like me. I guess I’m not the only one who’s struggling. However to be so close really, really sucks. It’s like two questions away.
So yeah 1 exam left, 1 sitting left. I am pretty down at the moment but it could be a lot worse. I just need to become the master of POF in the next two months. I have some accelerator days left at Bristol so I might use one up if I’m struggling.
Hopefully, it will be easier to grasp without the heavy work load of other subjects. I also had a lot going on with work which I think affected me a bit but that’s no real excuse.
Fingers crossed, because there is no possible way I could do all 14 exams again. It really doesn’t bear thinking about.
22 months? Wow what a slog. Heres a quick recap of ATPL Theory Month 22: Gnav, Pof, Flight Planning.
Well there isn’t really that much to say. I have been trying to get up to speed in Flight Planning, General Navigation and Principals of Flight but after 22 months I am really struggling now. I am just so tired and worn out that after a day of work I don’t really want to study any more.
Some days I feel good and like I could sit the exam but then a few days later I seem to have forgotten a load of the formula!
I saw that there was a sitting just 3 weeks after the one I was going to sit in so I am now sitting the exams between the 1st and 3rd of May for what I hope will be my final exams.
The scores are going up (slowly) across the 3 so hopefully with one more month I hope I will be in a position to pass all 3.
I haven’t done much flying recently either as the weather has been shocking. I think I have managed a grand total of 2.8 hours this month which when you have about 50 hours to build doesn’t cut it at all. I figured I could get a good 5 hours at least this weekend but of course being a bank holiday the weather is crap.
If this weather doesn’t change in the next month or so I am going to seriously have to consider going abroad to somewhere with better weather (so basically anywhere else).
However first things first I need to pass these remaining exams and actually have something that resembles a life.
Just a quick recap of ATPL Theory Month 21: Gnav, Pof, Flight Planning.
After plodding along these exams for what is now the 21st month, I must admit I am losing all enthusiasm for them. However at the same time I am so close to finishing them, that I am doing my best to work hard before what I hope is the final sitting in April.
So far my scores seem to be going up across the 3 subjects and even the dreaded Gnav is starting to make some sense.
The weather across the next week or two is supposed to be awful which means that I can spend more time on the exams and hopefully get the scores where they need to be before April.
Two of the subjects are maths based so they are taking me a bit longer than normal to get up to speed on them but hopefully I will crack them when the time comes. The formula is starting to stick so that’s a promising sign.
I have some accelerator days left with Bristol but to be honest I don’t think I will use them. If necessary I will use them if I have to do another siting but I really hope that it doesn’t come to that.
The exam week is the 2nd week of April so that leaves me with another 6 weeks of hard study left.
Fingers crossed and all that.
Just a quick recap of ATPL Theory Month 20: Gnav, Pof, Flight Planning.
It’s been pretty quiet from me simply because there hasn’t really been anything to say. As per usual the weather at this time of year has been shocking with low clouds, high winds, rain and snow. For this reason I haven’t actually managed to fly since the 9th December.
The shareoplane is away on annual until at least the middle of next month, and I haven’t managed to get down to Blackbushe to finish my flying down there due to the weather conditions.
In regards to ATPL’s I feel I have made alright progress on Gnav with things starting to make sense. Flight planning & POF I am still putting the work in and I feel things are progressing well on those fronts.
I moved my exams back to April. I was working hard to meet this March deadline I had set myself and then it dawned on me, why? I have until July to complete my ATPL exams and I still have 2 sittings to pass these final 3 exams so it makes sense to take time on them rather than rush myself to make a self imposed deadline.
I still have 65 hours to fly before August so I really need the weather to change soon. I am glad I have managed to get a plane closer to home so I can dash to the airfield when a flying opportunity arrives. I also still need to do my CPL qualifier after having radio failure on my first attempt last year.
All in all I would say that things are going alright and with about 10 weeks till I sit the exams I still have some time.
With the Christmas period done this is a recap of ATPL Theory Month 19: Gnav, Pof, Flight Planning.
To be honest there’s not that much to say really. I sat 3 exams at the start of the month which were Operational Procedures, General Navigation and IFR comms. I passed IFR and Ops and failed Gnav.
After this I initially went back to study but I was so tired and burned out I decided to have a rest for the first time. I did no study until the 27th December and may I say it felt great and was needed to be honest. My performance and retention of knowledge had started to fall of a cliff.
This means that the 3 exams I have left are Gnav (resit) Pof (resit) & flight planning.
I am going to do my best to try to be ready to sit these in March which gives me just over 9 weeks to get exam ready. If needed ill push them to April but really I want to try and get these done in March.
I am going to try to study 5-6 days a week and cut out as many distractions as I can aka (tv, youtube, whatsapp, twitter, etc) however I can’t study in complete silence so some music on quietly in the background is essential for me.
I have only done one flight this month due to the weather so hopefully if I can pass these exams in March I can focus on actually doing some flying. As much as learning what convention deals with lost baggage is, I much prefer the flying side of things.
Hopefully the light at the end of tunnel is now getting pretty close.
As I sat more exams this week here are my ATPL Theory Module 4 results.
I must admit I am now at the point where I am pretty worn out, these exams seem to have been going on forever. Anyways, I sat OPS, IFR comms and Gnav this week here.
Operational Procedures – 84%
I was worried about this exam before sititng it as I know people had been struggling with it recently and two people I know had failed it in the previous month or so.
On getting in there it actually wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, I seemed to be progressing through the test at a good speed which is normally a good indication that you are doing ok.
I would say I had finished in 40 mins and thought that I had passed when I got up so happy to see that I did.
IFR Communications – 83%
I sat VFR communications in my last module and there was a lot of new questions and some questions I thought would have been more suited in Rnav so I was a little apprehensive.
I sat this exam on the 3rd day of exams and by this point I was a bit worn out and made some silly mistakes on a few questions and defo through away a few marks. However I passed it so thats the important thing.
Gnav – 55%
Not only did I have a horrible feeling before going in, but I failed and failed quite badly. I knew as soon as I got up from the exam that there was no chance of a pass. I used every second of the 2 hours that was given to me. I seemed to get a lot of 2 mark questions (at least 10) little on the CRP 5 (maybe 5 in total) and 1 plotting type question.
I found the exam very hard.
I am not a fan of Gnav and this sums up my feelings on the subject.
So this leaves me with 2 resits (POF and Gnav) and Flight Planning left to pass and 2 sittings left to do it in. I have till July 2018 to pass them so I see no reason to rush and I will take my time (on top of this I need a break from these exams). I am going to take a week of studying before kicking of the final push.
I have booked these subjects for April 2018 this gives me a lot of time to try to really get to terms with these remaining exams.
11 down, 3 to go.
Another month done so here is a quick recap of ATPL Theory Month 18: Gnav, Ops, IFR Communications.
To be honest I am reaching the point where these exams have been going on way to long and are becoming very draining.
I have spent the month working on all three exams but mainly Gnav and to be honest I am not totally sure how that one will go. However I am going to be sitting it anyways next Monday.
Operational procedures seems to be going through a lot of changes and two people I know have failed it in the last month alone. For this reason I am a bit nervous about what I am going to be faced with in the exam on Wednesday but we shall see.
Last up is IFR communications on Thursday, this is an exam which I would hope would be alright but these days who knows whats going on. I remember sitting VFR communications on quadrant and it was a load of new questions including some that should have been in Rnav in my opinion.
As usual I only have half days to sit the exams so to help things I also have half a day of work thrown in between, the joys.
I will spend the weekend revising Gnav and trying to get up to speed before kicking of the exams on Monday morning.
A bit late on this one but a quick recap of ATPL Theory Month 17: Gnav, Operational Procedures & IFR Communications.
I’m a bit late on this one but in the last week I have decided to drop flight planning from the subjects I am taking in December. I was finding that having four subjects around my full time job was just too much work. This allows me more time to focus on Gnav which tbh, I don’t really like that much but hopefully by exam date it will all click in place.
I am now spending my time going over the practice questions and looking up things in the material to try to get it all in my head before I sit the exams.
I am hearing operational procedures has changed a lot since quadrant so I am trying my best to get up to date on that. Quadrant really has made a lot of unknown in the exams as it seems many unused LO’s have had a load of questions chucked at them.
IFR comms I expect to be like VFR with a load of new questions in it but hopefully that will be alright.
The 4 weeks I will be doing more of the same and we will see where I am come exam week. Hopefully all will be fine.
Another month down so this is my recap of ATPL Theory Month 16: Gnav, Flight Planning, Operational Procedures & IFR Communications.
I am planning to sit these exams in December 2017.
So I have been reunited with the subject I love to hate Gnav along with Flight Planning, Ops and IFR Comms. I have decided to leave the POF resist of this bunch due to the fact that I think four is more than enough and this is my fourth sitting, so I still have two more left after this.
Gnav seems to be making a lot more sense this time round and slowly but surely I am starting to understand what is going on and getting up to speed.
Flight planning has quite a bit of cross over with Gnav so I am glad that I decided to sit the both together.
I am hearing that Operational Procedures has been hit hard again with new questions so I am glad I have two months or so for the dust to settle on that one.
I am hoping IFR communications won’t have changed much, but I sat VFR communications on the Quadrant system this month and it was mainly new questions but I guess we will wait and see.
As things stand I am getting more confident with these subjects and I hope with two months to go that by the time I actually sit them I should be ready.
It does feel like there is light at the end of this very long tunnel finally however.
Anyways back to studying!