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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:11 pm    Post subject: CAPT or Bristol Reply with quote

I have arrived back in the UK and need to start CPL(H) ground school.

Am I correct in thinking that Bristol only offer ATPL not CPL level

Also is CAPT helicopter specific?

Does anyone have good or bad experiences of either?

I plan to visit both to check them out, are there any other providers of distance learning for CPL(H)?

Thanks in advance, you always come up trumps Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ask Paco, he know CAPT... quite well I would say...

I went to Bristol, but that was the only option at the time. Fixed-wing ATPL course, was ok, but would have preffered helicopter specific. Nowadays I would have gone to CAPT. My personal opinion, but check them both out. Alex at Bristol along with the other instructors are excellent folk and will take the time to discuss things with you.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CAPT is heli-specific - and I know Phil has worked quite hard to guide the CAA examiners towards more heli-specific questions.

He does both CPL(H) and ATPL(H), and offers a distance-learning, modular course. Although you will still have to attend a couple of weeks of consolidation course at one of his venues before he can sign you off for the exam entries!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank's guys, chose CAPT and have set the old grey matter wheels into motion. Need a better flight computer than the CRP1, anyone have experience of the AFE ARC-2 ?

Also looking at Jeppesen, looks a bit non conformist but I'm intrigued to see how they work without the slide. Any one use one ?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Certainly when I did my ATPs we were told without doubt to get a certain type (one of the CRPs... maybe the 5?). The reason being that different makes of whizz wheel will give slightly different results, and that CRP was the one used when the questions were written. The answer range was so tight on some questions that you could do everything correctly but get the "wrong" answer if you used a different whizz wheel.

The exams have changed several times since then so this may no longer hold true, but I would still go with the course provider's recommendation.

Bristol used to have a nav instructor called Baz who had a monster classroom demonstration CRP5 on its own wheeled stand... I wonder what the CAA would say if you wheeled that in on exam day Dom Joly style
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flip - Baz was still fighting the good fight when I did my CPL(H) 2 years ago..... helped me with a few queries on the old database questions!

The Pooleys CRP-5 is what I had...... and the print quality is so poor that you had a multiple choice on your own whizz-wheel, let alone selecting the correct exam answer!!!

Would recommend one of the metal ones - far better quality finish.
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