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Sim Check Tips

Wed Jul 28, 2004 6:00 am

Hey guy's I am looking for any tips on the following. I have a sim check for a job in a week which will be conducted on 737 classic sim, regardless of the type though what is most scrutinised in the sim assesment. The profile being probably sid-hold-climbs-descents-non precision-precision etc. But what is the assesor primarily looking for????
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RE: Sim Check Tips

Wed Jul 28, 2004 5:29 pm

Let me get this straight, you're going for a job interview and you'll be let loose on a full blown simulator? Damn, I must apply for that job! Or you've been training to become a pilot and this is your first sim?

Whichever, apart from the obvious things (like landing the thing in one piece), you'll need to be calm under duress (so what if both engines have blown out), be able to deal with things safely, and follow procedures. The most skilled pilot in the world is not going to get a job if he freaks out at the first sign of trouble.

Some pilots, even experienced ones, come out of those things sweating heavily from the realism of the situation. Not to mention the sadisticness of the assessors...

Good luck!

Geoff M.
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RE: Sim Check Tips

Wed Jul 28, 2004 6:16 pm

As far as I know it's pretty normal to have a sim-check as part of an interview when you're applying for a job as a pilot.

As for advice, stay calm and remember the basics!

Good luck!  Smile
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RE: Sim Check Tips

Wed Jul 28, 2004 9:14 pm

Hi Friday,

As a part of my entry process to Pegasus Airlines I was checked in a full motion B737-400 simulator.Although the procedures and the requirements may vary between the operators mine was like this;

We had and instructor pilot on the left seat and another one on the instructor station.All applicants were commercial pilots with no previous airline experience.So we were asked to show "basic instrument flying skills" with no emergencies and company SOP's involved.We were briefed about the basic speeds in certain configurations,and the captain configured the airplane during TO and landings.

We were asked to fly a VFR circuit around the field while performing, constant speed climb,climbing turn,straight and level flight,accelerating and decelerating during level flight,descending turns,flying the radar vector headings given by the instructor behind, land with a visual approach and after that repeat all the staff in IFR conditions and land with ILS.

Generally all they looked is your ability to control your airplane and show your basic instrument skills.No FMC or autopilot usage is allowed.I hope I could be helpful.Wish you best of luck on your exam.WING
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RE: Sim Check Tips

Wed Jul 28, 2004 10:10 pm

One of my neighbors starting flying with CO mainline in the late 80's. He said that the final interview process was done in a 737 sim. He had to plot a trip out of Honolulu, go as far as he could go, turn around and land back at Honolulu with 45 minutes reserve fuel left. A wide variety of weather conditions were thrown at him, but no emergencies.
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RE: Sim Check Tips

Thu Jul 29, 2004 5:08 pm

(this post is classified  Smile/happy/getting dizzy for NOT SERIOUS)

As the computers actually do all the flying these days (and the dog sees to that!) and you'll be stuck in a little room up at the front and the passengers never see you, what they'll be LISTENING for is the correct voice. Put on your poshest accent nice and smooth and deep:

'Good (whatever) ladies and gentlemen. Welcome aboard/thanks for flying/the engines have blown off/etc'

If you can tell 100+ people that death is imminent without a crack or hesitation in your voice, you're hired!!!