Material de Avaliação COPA Airlines
1 – Simulator Assessment
The simulators currently being used are B737, E190 and BE200 (King Air 200). The airports and approach charts are mostly from South American Airports.
Most of the time a line Captain from COPA briefs you on what you will be doing, what he is looking for and how he will be grading you. The line Captain might go over Jepp Approach charts over the specific airport and approach plates you will be executing.
If you are non rated the line Captain will go through all the systems, buttons, knobs, switches and tells you which ones you will be using and which ones you don’t need to worry about.
General Simulator Profile:
Starts with a normal Takeoff then basic flying skills such as turn, descent and climb. Then instructed to fly direct to a fix (usually a VOR). You will be given instructions to hold over the fix, the line Captain usually ask you what kind of entry you will be doing. Then after the hold you should expect an ILS Approach (vectors will be given) or VOR DME approach (No auto pilot used during the approach). You will execute this approach to the minimums then the line captain might stop the simulator and reposition your aircraft on the runway for a rejected takeoff or you have to do a published missed
approach procedure and do another approach for landing.
Simulator Scenario 1:
Attended the interview on February 2013 as a Captain. The B737 simulator was booked, so the sim assessment was in the Emb190. The Line Captain prepares you very well and understands that you may never have flown the airplane before. The briefing is about 50-60 minutes. You will also have good First Officer to help you with whatever you ask for, including all the automation. They are looking for emergency management, CRM, decision making etc. Very little hand flying-takeoff and landing only. Autopilot was used most of the time (immediate after takeoff). Takeoff, Bogotá Columbia 13R for Panama City. Low ceilings. Loose engine during takeoff roll just after 100 kts. Aborted takeoff. Repositioned. Normal Takeoff- follow departure procedure. Through about FL 180, loose engine. Bogota gone below minimums. I chose to divert to Rionegro. ILS to single engine missed approach. Start flying the single engine missed. Then the Line Captain stopped the simulator repositioned for single engine, hand flown ILS to a full stop RWY 13R Bogota Columbia.
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Simulator Scenario 2:
Interviewed as a First Officer. Simulator was a King Air 200. A normal Takeoff from Margarita Venezuela Airport RWY 09. SID YAQUE ONE. Then I was instructed to do a hold and the line captain asked me what kind of entry it would be. In my case it was a direct entry. Then I had to do a 17 DME ARC to maiquetia Venezuela, VOR DME to RWY 10. Then I had to do a Go around and fallowed the published missed approach procedure.
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Simulator Scenario 3:
They use a 737 flight training device which is an accurate mockup of the 737 cockpit. My profile is as follows. A 737 line captain from COPA briefs you on what you will be doing, what he is looking for and how he will be grading you. He went over the Jepp approach charts and then we moved to a briefing room with a 737 cockpit diagram. He went through all the systems, buttons, knobs, switches and tells you which ones you will be using and which ones you don’t need to worry about. In the sim was the 737 captain, a COPA FO, another instructor who operates the training device. I then got into captain Seat, Copa FO sets up the FMS and anything else you ask for. Brief the departure, normal T/O (Bogotá Columbia 13R) with a right turn direct to the Bogota VOR. While flying to the VOR I got a holding clearance from the Copa captain and he then asked which direction would I enter, which was a direct entry, he then gave me another hold and asked how I would enter the hold which was a parallel entry. He laughed saying that was too easy and said there was no reason to enter the hold and then told me to prepare for the ILS13R Bogota. I had the FO set up the aircraft for the approach and then I briefed the approach. You are then cleared for the ILS approach. The approach was hand flown to a missed approach where the sim is stopped. You are then placed back on RWY 13R and brief the engine out departure. At V1 right engine failed and flew the engine out departure till the aircraft is cleaned up, then sim is stopped. You are then placed on final approach 13R for a single engine visual approach to touchdown then the sim was stopped and you are done.
Simulator Scenario 4:
I interviewed as a first officer in March 2013. A COPA Line Captain gives you a briefing about what he expects to you to do on the test, and all the things you will have to do. To me was a SID (Rabinal 2 Departure) from Guatemala Airport (RWY 01), then I got instructed to hold on a fix. DME arch and published approach (VOR DME RWY 01), then I did the missed approach. The instructor stopped the sim and repositioned my aircraft and I did an ILS approach this time (ILS RWY 01) to a full stop landing. Other pilots took off from El Salvador.
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Simulator Scenario 5:
Interviewed as a First Officer (Non Rated). Normal take off from Panama City (RWY 03R). Then Basic flying skills are checked (climb, descent, steep turns) along with English capabilities and big on IFR procedures. After air work he cleared me to a VOR and told me how would I intercept and track to the VOR. When approaching the VOR he gave me holding instructions and asked me what kind of entry I would do. After that I got vectors for ILS RWY 03R. I think thing they were mostly looking for procedure and CRM.
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