So we’ve got the next batch of content uploaded and ready for you to check out. Here’s how you can access it
1) Login to your Udemy account
2) On the right hand side look for the ‘Announcements’ section.
In there you’ll find details about getting the password and free access link for the next course.
Material Currently Available
The material we’ve recently uploaded includes:
Section 6 – Gyroplane Aerodynamics
Section 7 – Gyroplane Performance
Section 8 – Gyroplane Weight and Balance
Section 10 – Aeronautical Decision Making
Section 11 – Weather
Section 12 – Weather Reports
Section 13 – Aeronautical Weather Forecast
We started off with these topics because for the most part they’re relevant to all students, not just those in the U.S. A lot of this content will also get added to the Basic Aeronautical Knowledge (BAK) course with some slight modifications.
So for example, Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts (Section 13) are used worldwide. There are some very slight differences between countries (e.g U.S uses miles, Australia uses metres for visibility) but the structure of the report is the same because they’ve been standardized by the ICAO – the International Civil Aviation Organization.
The same can be said for METAR’s & PIREP’s (Section 12) which are used worldwide. Again the structure is standardized, but some slight variations may exist in terms used.
For Students Outside The U.S
Obviously we can’t go through every single country and research the differences between things like weather reports and forecasts.
What we will say is that while the names may differ slightly from one country to the next, the type & format of reports and forecasts used will be very similar.
So what I’d suggest you do if you’re outside the U.S is the following:
1) Read through all the content provided.
2) For all the material in Sections 12 & 13, take what you learn and find the equivalent reports and forecasts for your own country and check for yourself how different they are.
For example, in Section 13 we talk about Area Forecasts and show a map of the U.S divided up in it’s regions. Your own country will have similar area forecasts available but you’ll need to determine how your own country is broken up into areas, and what differences exist in the way the forecast is formatted & presented.
The key point is that once you’ve seen how it’s done in the U.S, I guarantee you’ll learn very quickly how its done in your own country – aviation tends to be very standardized around the world when it comes to reports and forecasts. It needs to be so that pilots can quickly adapt if they’re flying in new countries.
The one area that will differ is the sort of questions you get asked in your theory test. The FAA Sport Pilot theory testing certainly seems to expect more of its students in terms of answering questions regarding weather reports and forecasts than most other countries.
For example, in Australia weather is not actually covered in the BAK theory exam, but you may be asked questions about weather in your practical exam, particularly if you want to get your cross country endorsement.
Navigating The Published Content
Unfortunately one of the quirks of Udemy is that if a lecture has not yet been published, they leave placeholders in place rather than skipping to the next published lecture.
So from Sections 1 – 7 and for Section 9 you’ll see a bunch of slides which say ‘This lecture is in progress.’
To skip through these unpublished lectures, just look for the link in the top left which says ‘Back To Course’. This will take you back to the course outline where you can jump straight to the next published lecture.
Hopefully that all makes sense – if you have any questions, please fell free to contact us and send them thru.