I'd query that one Paddywak - a tail wind makes you cover the ground faster...... should be the '+'. (If in doubt, think of your normal route planning navigation calks for wind drift, time-on-leg, etc).
I always found drawing a quick sketch of the A-B, with the distances and speeds you're given scribbled on; then makes it obvious which bit you're calculating.
PS. Just edited this in case you meant "tailwind=minus" as in "takes less time" - in which case you're completely right! There, now I've confused the issue entirely.....
Yes thats what I meant " less time",
Still confusing though, it seems that they want to deliberatly catch students out. So often Ive found many questions with almost 2 correct answers and the right answer can be just the difference between the way in which the question is worded or the omission of one word, as I'm sure you found when you did yours.
I always thought that the CAA would want to make aviation safer for all concerned by leaving as little doubt as possible not confusing issues. It seems they have a hidden agenda.
There was an FAA instructor on my course, when I asked him what the difference in study material was and how it compared, he replied " FAA questions are all relevant to the job and fairly straight forward".
Perhaps EASA could share some ideas with the FAA to make examinations more applicable to flying helicopters.
Or then again
I regret to inform you that you will encounter this scenario a few times along this 'incredible journey' (I really must stop the misses watching Strictly Come Poncing).
But you are right, encounter it we did - I have a wee suspicion that questions are invited from the JAA member states (to provide a balance), but something gets lost in translation...... and as we all know, language is a tricky old devil!
I think it is fair to say that the JAA system gives you an education, whereas other systems give you training. Of course, people differ about which they want but there is little choice in the matter. If it makes you feel any better the FAA system does ask what size the batteries are in the cockpit torch! However you can also answer every single flight planning,mass and balance and performance question without using a whizz wheel or calculator by memorizing some simple answer patterns...
I'll freely admit that much of the JAA knowledge is applied answering student's questions, doing other licences, doing type conversions or getting into convoluted crew room debates rather than having a direct cockpit application. An engineer working as an instructor for a major manufacturer was of the opinion that JAA pilots were often better educated but could be lazy, whereas FAA pilots worked harder but were frequently let down by a lack of knowledge. I laughed but it was an interestng third party opinion.
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