Recently, when booking candidate’s FRTOL Practical Tests, I have been hearing…
“I have read CAP 413”
Unfortunately, that isn’t enough. Detailed knowledge of CAP 413 certainly is required but on top of that the ability to place the RTF calls correctly during the different flight phases of flight (e.g. departure, en route, approach, diversion, emergencies) and in the context of the various categories of service inside and outside controlled airspace (i.e. Air Traffic Control (ATC), Flight Information Service (FIS) and Air/Ground Communication Service (AGCS)) is necessary in order to be able to apply the information contained in CAP413. We have recently updated our training material – take a look!
Rehearse! Rehearse! Rehearse!
Approach the FRTOL Practical Test as a performance like actors do. Rehearse all the various different procedures either with online tools, a fellow pilot or a long-suffering partner! If you cannot find a suitable practice partner, then contact us and arrange 1:1 sessions.