Performance & SOPs
Since the progress test, we’ve been giving more attention to the SOPs and practicing them in the paper tigers or the fixed base simulator. Â We’ve made a lot of progress in learning the SOPs over the last few days since we’ve done most of the work on the technical knowledge of the 737-800. Â We were practicing rejected take-offs and found that it is one thing briefing for it and knowing the emergency brief, and entirely different thing with actually doing it! Â Things do move very quickly and at first it was difficult to keep ahead of the aircraft, but with a few goes we got there. Â Chris took a recording of me making a PA, which I may or may not upload!
I took the time on Wednesday to read over the performance preamble in the operations manual, in preparation for the performance lecture which we had on Thursday. Â Most of it was familiar from ATPL theory, and the night before, I also looked over my notes that I made from the Boeing performance CBT, again familiar from the ATPL theory. Â Thursday was spent in the classroom receiving instruction on the performance on the 737-800 and how to use the performance tables. Â All the performance calculations are done by hand including the load sheet, contrary to what most of us were expecting. Â Nonetheless, after a couple of goes and examples we were comfortable with the format. Â Instruction was fantastic, mixed in with some funny videos clips from the Internet to give us a bit of a break. Â We were finished by around 3pm and given some exercises to complete in our own time before the exam.
We took the exam yesterday, and it took most of us 2 – 3 hours to complete. Â I was deliberately taking my time and went slower than usual as a result, as I didn’t want to make any mistakes in the exam, and in addition, it had a higher than normal pass mark. Â We all happy to have passed, and are now studying for the technical and SOP exams next week.