This guide was written mainly for the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Pilots who are interested in adequately preparing themselves for an airline’s simulator check. Nevertheless, relatively experienced non-RSAF Pilots with no commercial flying experience might find this guide useful as well.
A Sim check is usually scheduled before an airline offers an employment contract to experienced Pilots. If you were an RSAF Pilots joining Scoot or Jetstar Asia, you would definitely be put through a Sim Check in an A320 simulator.
While the Sim check does not require you to do any studying of the Airbus or airline standard operating procedures as you are only expected to “fly”, it might be useful to read up a little on the SOPs as it might put you in better standing in a competitive job market. That is if you have time.
If you don’t, then the minimum requirement for this Sim check are
So, if you can do a good take off, show a good scan pattern during turns and landings, do a safe flare and safe landing, you should pass the Sim check.
While the format will defer from airline to airline, this is generally the profile.
The best way to get prepared is to fly in an A320 Sim before your Sim check. I’ll recommend getting a ride at HAITE. They are located at Changi Business Park and they operate a CAAS approved full motion simulator. This full motion simulator is generally cheaper to rent than other simulators in Singapore. I’m able to help you get a slot at USD$500 per hour, all in. You can contact me to make a booking.
Captain Joe has a series of excellent Youtube videos, great videos for an introduction to the Airbus. Watch this video to understand how to sit properly in the cockpit.
This video on Youtube, published by Turkish Airway, is probably the best video to watch. It provides an excellent introduction to the concept of multi-crew operations in an A320.
The above video is the first part of a series of 5 videos. Spend some time watching all 5 parts. Thing to look out for in the video.
Once again, another Turkish Airline video about Engine Failure after V1. Very accurate and vey useful study video that I still use before going for my regular Base Checks.
Somethings to take note of and hopefully you can do during your simulator check.
The PFD is what you will be watching the most in your Sim check. It provides you with valuable information about your airspeed, altitude, attitude and also the Flight Directors. This excellent document by airbusdriver.net gives you a good overview of the symbols and what they mean.
The ND is positioned next to the PFD and provides you with navigation information. There are also a lot of symbols and Colours, so read this document by airbusdriver.net and get familiar with them.
If you watched the videos above, you’ll be wondering about the “checklist”. The checklist is attached below.
The checklist is the paper checklist from Turkish Airways, and is a reasonably generic checklist that most airlines flying the A320 follows. For the purpose of the simulator check, MEMORISE the responses from the following phases.
Yup, there’s an app for that.
A320 cockpit familiarisation. Aerosim Checkride A320. The app isn’t cheap. But nothing in aviation is. The app helped me a lot in getting familiar with the cockpit layout before my checkride. If you’re really committed to this, paying for the app is really a logical investment. Download it now.
A320 flight management familiarisation. The MCDU or Flight Management System is everything on most airline transport jets, including the A320. The Airbus Pilot MCDU App is my go-to app for me to familiarise with the MCDU. Download the Airbus Pilot MCDU App now.
I think that is all you need! Just fly the jet like a good pilot and you should pass! If you want, you can contact me with any questions!
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