The Mini Type Rating (10 hours) is a good introduction into flying and operating the systems on the B737-800.
The Mini Type Rating (10 Hours) is an extension to your introduction to the world of airline flying.
As per the 5 hours version, we aren’t going to claim to be able to teach you how to fly a B737-800 in ten hours – even the professionals spend several hundreds of flight training hours before they are allowed to operate as a First Office of one of these denizens of the sky, and even then under the very watchful eye of a very experienced Captain.
What you will gain is a good understanding of the systems involved in controlling the aircraft in the various phases of flight, moving between manual ‘hands-on’ flying and the various aspects of automatic flight.
Yes, it is possible to programme the Flight Management System to guide the aircraft from take-off to landing, with the pilots only hand-flying for the first and last few minutes of the flight. But, during this short course we will show you both how to hand-fly the aircraft for the duration of the flight and also how to engage the automatic flight control systems for portions or even all of the flight, leaving the flight crew (you!) to monitor and manage the systems. You will soon learn that, even when the autopilot is flying the aircraft, you still have a lot to do, especially on shorter flights.
At the end of this course, you will be able to program the Flight Management Computer (FMC) with your route, via the Control & Display Unit (CDU), operate the various flight path and autoflight controls on the Mode Control Panel (MCP), and, with the assistance of your instructor, lead the flight from take-off to landing.
Of course, 10 hours in one day would be a bit much for anybody, so you are more than welcome to break the 10 hours down into 2, 3 or a maximum of 4 sessions.
These sessions work extremely well with students operating in pairs, with one student observing from the jump seat whilst the other is flying. If you and a friend want to book together, we will reduce the price by a further £50 each. Please call to book this option.
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