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B-727 Checkride Maneuvers
The real key to mastering the maneuvers on a B-727 checkride û any checkride, but especially one in the simulator û is to be able to immediately, and effortlessly, set the proper pitch attitude and power setting. After that, as long as you stay in trim, you can make the B-727 literally fly itself.

IÆve seen this innumerable times, but it was brought home to me very forcefully in the simulator a few months ago. A young pilot at my airline had been having difficulty developing her instrument scan and maintaining aircraft control in training. She knew the procedures cold, but couldnÆt seem to make the airplane do what she wanted. SheÆd had several extra training periods, and was at the point where she was close to being eliminated from the program. The head of the B-727 Training Department asked me to fly a 1-hour simulator period with her to see if I could get her on track and ready for her checkride. In any case, he said, this would be her last simulator training period: it was either "up or out."

She was very nervous, and it showed in her flying. She couldnÆt seem to get the airplane trimmed, and was jockeying the throttles all over the quadrant. I gave her pointers on how to trim the aircraft (establish the pitch you want FIRST, then trim to relieve control pressure) and worked with her on basic instrument maneuvers. But I couldnÆt get her to stop see-sawing those throttles. And it was affecting her aircraft control.

Finally, with 10 minutes of simulator time left, I put the airplane on a downwind at 4000 feet, 20 miles from the airport, headed away from the field at 220 knots. I tuned the ILS and set the ADF to the Locator Marker Beacon. I set the throttles to 3300 pounds of fuel flow. I put the simulator ceiling and visibility right at minimums. "This is it, Mary." I said. "You get one try, and only one, to find your way back to the airport and get it on the runway, on the numbers. If you make it, you get to take your checkride tomorrow. Otherwise, IÆm afraid your training is over." She looked serious, but determined.

"One last thing, Mary" I added, "You canÆt touch the throttles. TheyÆre stuck!" Now her eyes got big as saucers. It was the same look Daniel-san had when Mr. Miyagi told him he was going to catch a fly with his chopsticks in "Karate Kid". "It canÆt be done!" she protested. "Well then," I said, "I guess your days of flying for this airline are numbered." I folded my arms and sat back in my seat.

I knew in my heart that she could do it. And I hoped with all my heart that she would. As an instructor, one of the toughest things you have to do is throw down the gauntlet and make the student perform. ItÆs the feeling I had as a parent when I removed the training wheels, gave my son a push on his bike, and then held my breath. No matter how often you do it, it never becomes routine.

Mary flew on for about a mile, and then I saw the panic drain from her face. She brightened up, turned base and said, "Flaps Two". She proceeded to manage her energy with the flaps, kept the airplane in trim, and intercepted the ILS. With a half-dot of glideslope to go, she called for Flaps Thirty, eased the nose over, and started down at 750 feet per minute. She stayed on the glideslope all the way to the flare. She stayed right on approach speed and never touched the throttles, because she didnÆt need to. I pulled them to idle as she completed the flare, and she made a perfect touchdown. By this time Mary was glowing like a 500-watt lightbulb.

I observed her checkride the next day, and it was a thing of beauty. Flawless. Mary is now flying the line as a B-727 First Officer.

There are all kinds of ways to get through a checkride. ThereÆs the hard way, where youÆre constantly searching for the pitch and power settings to make this baby behave, constantly fighting the airplane. And then thereÆs the easy way, where you know the tips and techniques that make the airplane an extension of your body, where you become one with the airplane.

Our 1-hour video "B-727 Checkride Maneuvers" will help you do the latter. YouÆll get top-notch instruction on all the major Proficiency Check and Rating Ride maneuvers (Engine failure at V-1, 2-Engine ILS, 1-Engine Approach, Non-Precision Approach), and youÆll see in-flight simulator footage of the important ones. After you watch this video you will be UNABLE to fail checkride maneuvers! Never happened yet, never will.
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B-727 Practice Oral
The important thing to keep in mind when you take an oral exam is that you must really understand how the aircraft systems work. Sure, you need to know what every switch, control and indicator does, but it must be more than that. Much more. You need to have a working knowledge of every system schematic, and you must be able to visualize how all the systems interact.

Let's take the Engine Fire Handle as an example. Now, at some point you probably memorized a "laundry list" of events that occur when you pull the fire handle. (You close the Engine Fuel Shutoff Valve, Arm the Bottle Discharge Button, arm the Engine Selector Valve, close the Wing Anti-Ice Valves for engine 1 or 3, close the Cowl Anti-Ice Valve for engine 2, close the Engine Bleed Valve, close the Fluid Shutoff Valve for engine 1 or 2, disable the associated Hydraulic Low Pressure Light, and trip the Field Breaker after a short delay.) And, of course, for engine 2 you also close the Engine 2/APU Bleed Valves, and close the APU Air Load Control Valve as a consequence. Whew! That's a lot to memorize!

Let's try an easier way to remember all of that: when you pull the fire handle, you shut off the flow of all fluids that pass through the firewall and you trip the field. Period. When I say fluids I mean fuel, hydraulic fluid and bleed air. Only the fluids that pass through the firewall are shut off. (Now you'll never again have difficulty trying to remember if the engine anti-ice is shut off for engines 1 and 3. The bleed air for engine anti-ice doesn't pass through the engine firewall, so it's not shut off. On engine 2, it passes through the firewall to anti-ice the S-duct, so the cowl valve is closed.)

Now just imagine if you could watch this taking place on a video. See a picture of the Selector Valve being positioned to the desired fire bottle, see a schematic of the fluid shutoff. Well, that's what you get on our "B-727 Practice Oral" video. On this one-hour video, you'll hear "operational" questions posed, then you'll hear correct, complete answers as you see the switch, control, indicator or system. You'll start on the Engineer's panel and by the end of the tape you will fear it no more.

I'll be honest with you. When you go to take your oral you'll need more than systems knowledge. You'll need to know all of the limits that are published for immediate recall in your airline's flight manual. We don't cover those, since they're strictly rote memory. (If you want to learn how to develop a steel-trap memory, you'll get that and more in our "Successful Simulator Training".) Also, you'll need mastery of your airline's Operations Specifications, and, again, we don't cover that. But we do cover Systems, and we do it extremely well.

This video is the perfect way to cement and integrate your systems knowledge on the B-727. Whether you're preparing for your Proficiency Check or Rating Ride oral, playing "stump the dummy" with your crew-mates, or simply refreshing your systems knowledge, you'll find that this tape really puts it all together. After you use this to prepare for an oral, you'll wonder how you ever got along without it.

Customer Comments
"I really enjoyed your videos. I work for Delta and their systems are the same as those in the tapes. The tapes really helped when it was time for my oral."

-- Larry Houston, Park City, UT
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B-737-300 Checkride Maneuvers
Learn the tips the pros use to make the dreaded "V-1 Cut" a virtual piece of cake, with actual simulator footage to reinforce the discussion! Covers 1-engine and 2-engine ILS profiles, non-precision approaches, and approach planning. If you fly the B-737-300/400/500, you need this tape!
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How To Get An Airline Job
Whether you're just starting out with your first flying lesson or a seasoned pro, this is the definitive course on everything you need to do to maximize your competitive advantage and get hired as an airline Flight Officer. On this 150-minute video, complete with workbook, you'll learn:
  • What ratings and certificates you really need
  • Long-range planning secrets
  • What to put in your resume for lasting impact
  • How to dress for interview success
  • Body language that literally shouts "hire me"
  • How to prepare for those killer Stanines
  • Little-known resources you can use that your competition doesn't know about
  • And much, much more!
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Successful Simulator Training
When we go to a simulator training course, such as Transition Training, we pilots have a problem. Part of that problem has to do with our ego: we just hate being "students" again. (Although, to be honest, the best pilots will admit they're "students" all the time - always learning.) But a bigger part of the problem is that, although we may be great pilots, we may have poorly developed (or poorly remembered) study skills.

And study skills are what separate the men from the boys in an intensive, professional simulator course. You see, the foundation of knowledge you bring to the simulator sessions will determine the overall success or failure of your training. You can be the "ace of the base", but if you don't know the proper profiles to fly, you're toast. And, although we have experience in our corner, we have age working against us.

A teenager can learn anything in a heartbeat. He has billions of uncorrupted brain cells, energy and enthusiasm. And he has been in a learning environment his entire life, so his brain knows how to store and use information. How about us older folks? We've killed off an inordinate number of brain cells from aging, our energy level is low, and we can hardly get excited about anything. And it's been so long since we've had to study, we've forgotten how.

Well, with the help of our video "Successful Simulator Training", you can harness that experience and make your training an enjoyable experience. On this 1 hour 20 minute VHS tape, you'll learn how to prepare for ground school so you can get all the benefits it was intended to provide. You'll learn tricks the pros use to memorize "nonsense" numbers, so that you can master alphabet soup and Limitations before your second day of class. You'll learn how to use your "built-in simulator" you never knew you had, so that every simulator training period seems familiar. And you'll learn how to take an oral and a checkride. There's also a bonus section on the tape covering how to conduct a thorough approach briefing.

Your host along the way is George Nolly, President of Nolly Productions, Inc. and a check airman with a major airline. George will provide the information he learned while pursuing his Masters Degree in Education to help you develop from a gifted pilot to a gifted student. When you finish this tape, you will never fear simulator training again!
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Supercharge Your Scan
Designed primarily for airline crews, this course is essential for any pilot wanting to brush up a rusty instrument scan. Covers instrument interpretation, instrument prioritization, and the proper balance of Control and Performance instruments. Features actual simulator footage of each instrument task, with an "instant replay" of the maneuver with the instruments highlighted in the recommended sequence.
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