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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:11 pm    Post subject: Navigation Ground School Course. Reply with quote

I'm currently attending a Navigation Ground School Course with our Fixed Wing brethern but having not been in a classroom for 25 years, i'm finding it quite difficult to take it all in, which is slightly worrying as after this exam there are another 6 to follow.

Should I be concerned or do you think it will all come together at some stage?

All opinions appreciated.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It'll all click eventually. Something will be of use after the exam and sure some won't!!

Hopefully you will have some course notes and study materials to revise from - and of course some helpful types here who can help.

Out of interest how come you are doing it with a fixed wing group?

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your encouraging words PW.

The Fixed Wing Flying School next to the Helicopter Training Facility run Ground School Courses for their students so I thought i'd join them, i've only done three nights out of ten but I come home thinking will I ever be able to sort out that CRP!!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah the dreaded whizz wheel! I think you either love or hate it - I am in the latter group.

Don't forget that flying most helicopters there won't be a lot of in flight nav planning like the FW lot can.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PilotWolf wrote:
Ah the dreaded whizz wheel! I think you either love or hate it - I am in the latter group.

Don't forget that flying most helicopters there won't be a lot of in flight nav planning like the FW lot can.

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Always makes me laugh when the CPL exams alluded to a spot of inflight replanning using the whizz wheel - if you bought a Pooleys CRP5, the quality of printing on it was that poor you have to squint to read it in a class-room..... god knows what you'd have to do to read it iin a running heli!!! Laughing (That's assuming of course that you have a spare couple of hands to manipulate it with in the first place!!!)

Alfa, panic ye not - it had been a few years since I'd done any useful studying...... but it does click in - establishing a routine did it for me, and the knowledge that I really wanted to get through it all!

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks LB, it's all Chinese to me at the moment!
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I got the nice expensive aluminium one - makes a great doorstop and ice scraper! Smile

On a more serious note have a look on youtube as there are a few videos there showing how to do various calculations.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently returned to college at 31 to do A level Chemistry Physics Biology and further maths - i know how you feel.

Loachboy is onto something. Personally i found my brain would reach a point of saturation where no matter how slooowwwllly i read, it just wouldn't go in.

Establishing a routine helped and each time of study the saturation point took a little longer to reach.
At first study times were ten minutes with a break of ten minutes - doing something else.

when i finished the course i was doing 4 hours intense study with only a couple of breaks.

Another thing to consider is environment and diet.

If you're too hot or cold you won't last as long and it's easy to forget brain needs food and fluids too. (So easy to not eat as you want to finish or get frustrated )

for the record I got top marks - and i'm captain average! (i iz fik)
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