22-05-08

Clouds & clouds

13.05-035

 

Wolken kunnen heel fraaie foto's opleveren, wind, vocht en koude samen met een mooie lichtinval maken het een mooi schouwspel. Maar van sommige wolkjes blijf je liever ver weg, tenminste een 30 à 40 km.

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Thunderstorms kill. Eén enkele cel kan makkelijk 500 000 ton water bevatten in de vorm van regendruppels en ijskristallen. De energie die vrijkomt wanneer al dat water condenseert is gelijk aan de energie de vrijkomt bij de ontploffing van een waterstofbom. Gust-front winds kunnen oplopen tot 180km/uur en verticale winden of updrafts/downdrafts tot 6000ft/min. Zo'n thunderstorm plooit uw vliegtuigje zonder enige moeite samen als het al niet tot schroot herleid is door de dikke bollen hagel of van alle aerodynamische eigenschappen ontdaan door een dikke laag ijsafzetting.

20.05-031

 

De radar geeft ons een goed beeld van die onweerswolken. Het vocht in de lucht weerkaatst de radargolven en dat levert naargelang de dichtheid gekleurde cellen op de Nav Display op. De regel is dat je vanaf geel maar beter de boel ontwijkt. Soms is de wolkentop vrij droog, doordat de temperaturen op grote hoogte zeer laag kunnen zijn (-63°C is geen uitzondering) heb je toppen met enkel ijskristallen en daar heeft de radar het moeilijker mee. Boven de Indische Oceaan kom je die wel eens tegen. Wanneer de meteo TS (thunderstorms) voorziet neem je dan ook maar beter wat extra brandstof mee. Een squall-line van thunderstorms ontwijken kost algauw een 2000liter brandstof met de B777... en ontwijken is de enige optie.

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07-05-08

Emirates interview

10.01-053

Sommigen hadden graag geweten wat je je moet voorstellen bij een interview om als piloot bij Emirates aangeworven te worden. Het aanwervingsproces is sinds ik hier ben lichtjes veranderd, maar ik hoorde onlangs dat zo'n 24% van de kandidaten aangenomen wordt. Voor de direct entry captains ligt het rond de 10%. Dit zijn geen officiele cijfers maar ik vermoed dat ze dicht bij de waarheid liggen. Op PPRUNE vond ik een verslag van iemand die de selectieproeven net onderging.

Zanzibar

 

Hey everyone,

I just did my interview with EK last week and here is some updated info for you all:

Firstly, you will be met at the airport and taken to the majestic Hotel. Once there, hand over your passport so they can scan it and photocopy it, it’s a legal requirement in Dubai. They will then give you a package and the key to your room. Once in your room have a look through the package as there are a few things that you will need to fill out. They give you also some dinner vouchers at the hotel restaurant, so make sure that you use them!!!

Depending on what time you arrive, you want to get to bed early as the first day you need to be downstairs and ready to go by 6am. Normally there is a bus there, just make sure with the desk, you will have to pay 10 dirham for the ride and it’s a first come first serve basis, but be careful as sometimes the bus goes earlier, so be there at 6am. Otherwise taking a cab will cost around 30 dirham, so you can split that with your mates.

On arrival, you need to find the pilot recruitment lounge, and there you wait. You will be taken in at around 0645 for a welcome brief, where you will be told that you will be split into two groups. One group will be doing the sim ride first up and the other group will start the tests. A lot has been said already on the tests, which include the compass test. First you will do the sim game test, not too bad, keep the speed at the required number, keep the rudder ball in the center and fly the flight directors. Practice with some flight sims for this. Next is the compass tests, can’t really do a lot for this, brush up on basic math’s, including long division, percentages, fractions, and basic algebra. I think there were 24 questions, you also have 30 aero questions, I read Ace the technical book and it helped. There were also a few other tests that revolved around memory so no study required there.

For the sim, you either got the 777 sim or if you’re unlucky enough, the A310 sim, I can’t believe they used this, but I was lucky to get the 310!!! They brief you and then to the sim, tell the guy what you want him to do, and then fly a visual circuit flying manually. then the second part, is low vis take off, V1 cut, clean up, turn towards Sharjah VOR then get told to intercept a radial, radar vectors for single engine hand flown ILS, go-around at minima, clean up, sim ends. If you do the sim, that’s it for day one...to get back to the hotel, we had to take a cab...costs around 30 dirham total...

Day two, either the sim if you didn’t do it on day one and for the rest it’s the tests...then a tour around the place, have lunch at the Le Meridian and then back to the hotel to wait for the phone call..

If you’re lucky enough to get a positive outcome from the call, day three is psychometric testing, lots and lots of questions here about you and how you feel etc..be yourself...takes a few hours to get through it, then back to the lounge, and then wait for your turn to be interviewed by the panel. It’s a very easy and relaxed interview, no trick questions here, they just want to know what sort of operator you are, then I was asked, "tell us about a time where you had to override the captains decision" and so forth...they want every detail about these sorts of CRM incidents and whilst your talking they are busy writing, off putting, but that’s the way it is. I got asked 3 of these styles of questions, then you can ask them what you want, and that’s it, I was out in 20minutes!!

Then its lunch and you wait for the psycho interview...this takes around 20 minutes and is more in depth, they sit you down and ask you to tell them about yourself, why you want to join Ek, why Dubai, your weaknesses and strengths..then they tell you what they see from your results..it’s really very close to what you tell them!! Scary!!!...Then if there is time, off for a medical, very relaxed and low stress...usual stuff, x-rays, blood pressure, reflexes, eye test(thorough), hearing, ECG and Dr checkup where he checks down there and makes you cough!!! He also checks your bumper too.

18.01-021

 

Emirates heeft momenteel zo'n 2000 piloten vliegen en tegen 2014 met de vlootsuitbreiding moeten ze er 5000 in dienst hebben.

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