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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:15 am    Post subject: ATPL(H) theory query Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

Just a query regarding who to take my ATPL(H) with & variation between the course types whilst the interim route is still an option:

I’m currently in the early stages of my hr-building & want to get cracking with my commercial theory. I initially had a bit of a dilemma over the whole CPL/ATPL route, but I’ve decided on the latter for various reasons, though mainly with a hope it’ll put me in better stead & give me more options long-term for the sake of an extra 4 exams.

And so to my current dilemma; who to do the ATPL(H) with? I’d originally set my heart on Bristol, having not heard a bad word said against them, only positive comments & they seem to be very much geared towards getting you through the exams with top marks. So major thumbs-up for those guys. But, Caledonian Advanced Pilot Training (CAPT) seems to get equally positive comments from heli pilots on other forums & has now confused my decision based on course content. Bristol still do the ‘interim’ course, so as I understand it (?though could be wrong?), bar one exam, they’re all the fixed-wing equivalent. CAPT on the other hand claim to be heli-focused, but is that to say I sit a different set of heli-focused exams? Are they providing the JAA’s new heli ATPL(H)? Or do I still end up sitting the same papers as I would with Bristol but just learn different material? Because if that’s so, then am I not better off just sticking with Bristol, because if the final exam papers are ultimately laced with fixed-wing questions, then to have learnt that information would surely be more advantageous? I appreciate most people would automatically say “well if you want to be a heli pilot, then learn about helicopters!!” but there’s also a hefty element of just making sure you pass the ruddy things & picking the best exam operator to do that with!?

I intend to speak with both parties, but would be grateful of some third party comments on this subject prior; to clarify, offer opinion, and basically help me come to a decision so I can get cracking!

Many thanks in advance. thumbleft
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have a chat with PACO (if I remember correctly) on here... he is CAPT.

When I did my CPL(H) stuff through them, they were working closely with the CAA to remove non-relevant material from the exams.

From that perspective, I would say CAPT, as there is also a wealth of knowledge & experience to supplement the above!

BGS were very very good as well, but not as heli-focused. (I ended up using their question bank for final preparation before the exams).

You will sit the same selection of exam papers, regardless of who you actually study with (i.e. all CAA papers).

Good luck!
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