Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:15 am Post subject: ATPL(H) theory query
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!
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