These study guide questions were submitted by real pilots who actually interviewed with Envoy Air
What is the 1-2-3 rule? This question was asked as when do you need an alternate using 1-2-3 rule. Requirements for filing an alternate. 1-2-3: 1hr before to 1hr after estimated time of arrival, the weather must be forecast to be 2000' ceiling and 3SM vis.
When do you need a take-off alternate? 121.617 Alternate airport for departure.
(a) If the weather conditions at the airport of takeoff are below the landing minimums in the certificate holder's operations specifications for that airport, no person may dispatch or release an aircraft from that airport unless the dispatch or flight release specifies an alternate airport located within the following distances from the airport of takeoff:
(1) Aircraft having two engines. Not more than one hour from the departure airport at normal cruising speed in still air with one engine inoperative.
(2) Aircraft having three or more engines. Not more than two hours from the departure airport at normal cruising speed in still air with one engine inoperative.
(b) For the purpose of paragraph (a) of this section, the alternate airport weather conditions must meet the requirements of the certificate holder's operations specifications.
(c) No person may dispatch or release an aircraft from an airport unless he lists each required alternate airport in the dispatch or flight release. Take off alternate must be no more than 1 hrs for 2 engines or less and no more than 2 hrs for 3 engines or more When weather is below landing minimums at the airport from which you are departing, you need to have a take-off alternate AT LEAST 1 hour away with 2 engines or less with one engine inoperative at cruise in still air, and AT LEAST 2 hours away with 3 engines or less with one engine inoperative at cruise in still air When the weather is good enough to take off but not to land & you have to have the take-off alternate airport with in 1 hour, cruise flight still air one engine inop.(for an aircraft with 2 or less engines, it 2 hours with more than 2 engines)
When do you need a second alternate? Second alternate 3 scenarios since most Airlines use Ops spec 3585
1 - destination vis to be as low as 1/2 mile required vis
2 - look at first alternate in main body of forecast ceiling and vis must meet derived minimums ( derived by adding 400 ft and 1 sm to minimums if one approach or 200 and 1/2 mile vis is more than one approach
3 - marginal weather
source everything explained for pro pilot page 257 using exemption 3585 (people express) op spec c055 Also: if dispatched under OpsSpec Exemption 3585 Add to this question: When do you make the in-flight decision to utilize the second alternate? And what is the fuel requirement based on, the first or second alternate? When the weather at the destination and first alternate are forecast to be marginal.
What would you change about yourself,if anything? I will not change anything. Tend to be a bit over ambitious. Thinking that winning is everything. But I realize now that it's ok to lose sometimes as long as you try your best. I would change the fact that sometimes I am too hard on my self when I don't live up to an expectation I have. Not being more assertive and having too much doubts about what can be accomplished.
Describe yourself in one word. Ambitious Flexible Faithful Merciless Relentless Professional Dedicated Motivated Positive
What is your proudest accomplishment? Becoming a pilot and graduating from college as to be the biggest accomplish so far. Following my life long dream to become a professional pilot. Being able to successfully pass the interview for my present job. My family.
Why should Envoy hire you? I’m adaptable, honest, punctual, eager to come to work, pleasant to work with, I can get along with anyone and I’m excited to learn more about flying each day I go to work. They seemed to love that. I have the skill set and I'm dedicated to not give up in my endeavors to do something that has been a passion of mine since I was 10 years old when I flew in a British made Viscount 4 engine turbo prop jet. It was my first and most memorial flight that I ever took. I am dedicated to what I do and I'm willing to go beyond what's required to do a good job. I have a good track record as being a professional person, punctual and dedicated worker. I have the required experience and qualifications and I think I will be able to contribute positively the on going development of this company. I have the requirements to fill this position
What makes a good First Officer? A team player, a good supporter and safety conscious person. A good First Officer is someone who is a team player and someone who puts safety first. A pilot who can function as part of a team, learn from those who can impart their knowledge to him and also be assertive. He must also question any action , in a respectful manner, that appears to go contrary to company procedures. A pilot who can listen, learn and follow the company op specs.
Tell me about Centerline Lights, and Standard Runway Lights. Runway centerline lights are installed on some precision approach runways to facilitate landing under adverse visibility conditions. They are located along the runway centerline and are spaced at 50-foot intervals. When viewed from the landing threshold, the runway centerline lights are white until the last 3,000 feet of the runway. The white lights begin to alternate with red for the next 2,000 feet, and for the last 1,000 feet of the runway, all centerline lights are red.
The runway edge lights are white, except on instrument runways yellow replaces white on the last 2,000 feet or half the runway length, whichever is less, to form a caution zone for landings
Take off Alternate, what does RVR 6/6/6 mean can you go with 6/5/6 or 6/m/6? This depends what chart you're shown. If it's DFW as I was shown, the takeoff mins are 5/5/5, so you can go with 6/6/6, 6/5/6, or 6/m/6. RVR 6/6/6 means all three transmissometers are reporting 600 RVR. Departing with 6/m/6 is allowed. Departing 6/5/6 is not allowed.
Feedback from: Fernando R
(Interviewed with Envoy Air)
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