HMA | Ground School Training -Phase 2 Review, Tips + Notes

After my previous post reviewing 4 other core subjects in phase 1. Now it’s time for phase 2.

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work

Exactly after 12 weeks of sitting in a classroom for 8 hours a day we have finally reached the end of phase 2. EASA Final License examination ended on the 27 December. After passing all the paper in one go its a huge relieve for me that I don’t have to look back at this subjects anymore.

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Phase 2 Subjects are:

  1. Meteorology
  2. Instruments
  3. Performance
  4. Human Performance & Limitations
  5. Mass & Balance

I assume that some of you haven’t read post on phase 1. So let me brief abit about in house test conduct in HM Aerospace.

After every syllabus a quiz known as Progress Test (PT) will be conducted to assess student’s learning & performance. This will give a whole picture on how would your final results would be. Even though this results do not carry to your finals they are very important as those reports will be sent to your airlines if you are an airline cadet.

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Final EASA Result. Phase 1 & Phase 2 Combined

 

 

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Trial Exam result.

Meteorology

Personally I would say that this is one of the hardcore subject in Phase 2. The syllabus is so vast that the number of questions in Aviation exam is about 2000+. Tips to master it is, you should really put on more effort in getting the basics right as this will be applied in later chapters such as global climatology and METAR’s.

Notes: Meteorology Notes ( Click Here)

The basics chapters are:

  • The Atmospehere
  • Winds
  • Fronts
  • Pressure System
  • Clouds
  • International Standard Atmosphere
  • Precipitation
  • Thermodynamics
  • Reading Forecasts ( TAF SPECI etc)
  • Jetsreams
  • CAT
  • Mountaneous Areas
  • TRS Tropical Revolving Storm
  • Thunderstorm
  • Icing

If you have hard time to memorise, create some mnemonics or you may contact me for the notes which I have included the mnemonics in it. Its free dont worry I wont charge you for the notes, but just do some donation for my website

Note: Get familiar with the world map. They are not labelled  like in Aviation Exam. But just marked as a single alphabet. I got a place called Palma De Marseille , Nice , South Italy.

I really made a lot of my hand written notes based on pro pilot, oxford text book and meteorologists youtube videos which gave me a solid foundation for this subject. I would suggest that its best to do your own notes rather than just mugging up.

In finals the questions are not from Aviation exam, I got about 20-25% of questions from AE while others were literally new to me. The total number of questions are 84 and time given is 2hrs. I managed to complete my paper withing 35 minutes.

I didn’t even sleep the night before exam, just to pass this paper.

Personally I feel lucky because we had a really good and well experienced instructor who was teaching us this subject. So we got a good catch up on it and I didn’t even fail any of the PT’s and the trial paper.

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This is my Progress Test Result for Met . Final Results: 84%

So if want my notes just contact me. I ll email it to you. Trust me the notes are not from single source.


INSTRUMENTATION

This is a subject where EASA expect you to learn how a cockpit instrument works or how to operate it.

A total number of 60 questions with 1hr 30min. I managed to complete within 25 minutes.

I found out that, some of the chapters such as IRS, INS, FMS are quite tough. But with the help of AE I managed to pass my paper with 93% mark. This a purely mugging up subject with some understanding and memorization. Don’t get confused within input and output of all the instruments as they are mostly the same.

Notes: Basic Instrument Notes ( Click Here)

Focus on these topics:

  • Sensors & Instruments
  • Measurement Of Air Data Parameters
  • INS & IRS
  • AFCS
  • Yaw Damper
  • Auto-throttle
  • FMS
  • EFIS
  • Alerting Systems & Proximity Systems
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Instrument Progress Test Result. Finals: 93%

Do instruments exam mode in Aviation exam. You should be getting 90+.


PERFORMANCE

Performance is a subject where you learn principles of flight in detail. The total number of questions are 35 and you may get up to 5-8 graph questions which may carry more marks depending on the difficulty. The graph questions are based on CAP 698

I almost failed this paper. My finals mark was 75%. I believe that I made mistake in the graph part which I was overconfident about.

Total time: 1hr ( Not enough)

Try to to finish the theory parts within the first 15 minutes. So tat you will have enough time for the graph part.

This subject is all about how to improve an aircraft take-off, landing, en-route, or climbing performance and there will be a bit of air law.

Notes: Performance Notes ( Click Here)

So to score this paper the questions are mostly from

  • Class A Take-OFf
  • General Principles
  • Focus On All Graphs and make sure you know the corrections intended for each graph

To really understand the graph and theory part, do this:

AE has a filter option with/without figures;

  1. First do all questions without figures which are non graph questions
  2. Then do just the graph questions. By this you will get a better comparison and understanding
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Progress test marks. Finals: 75%

The theory part are sometimes confusing, such as if tailwind reduces climbing performance, so the trick is to open the climb performance graph and check whether the tailwind reduces or increases the performance. You dont have to memorise every single thing. Be smart and focus more on other hard core subjects.


Human Performance & Limitation

As a student with science stream background during SPM and matriculation, this subject was comparatively easy for me

They are divided to 2 parts

Physiology & Psychology

50 Questions and 1 hr will be given

Notes: HPL Notes Physiology Only ( Click Here)

Psychology Part Avex is enough to understand

The harder part would be the physiology part where you need to understand and memorize the facts.

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Final 83%

Memorize:

  1. TUC
  2. Disturbance Altitudes
  3. Ears & Functions
  4. Eyes
  5. Sleep & Stages
  6. Stress
  7. Automation Negativity

There is nothing much to talk about this subject.


 

Mass & Balance

Just mathematics. Easiest of All in phase 2. But eay to pass and fail due to the nmber of questions

Total of 25 questions & 1hr

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Final 87%

Memorise the formula from this pages:

  1. Pg 38 ( Oxford Book)
  2. Pg 43 (Oxford Book)
  3. Pg 65 (Oxford book)
  4. Pg 72 (the 3 bullet-ed formulas)

For the theory part it was just POF and Flight OPS (Pg 1-14). Aviation Exam is sufficient for that while some other information’s are already have been provided in your CAP 696
So there you go guys that’s it for phase 2. If you need more information notes or guidance regarding any of these subjects you may contact me. Wish you best of luck and take this course seriously. Passing all the papers in one go would be the best feeling ever & also a good record for your future.

 

 

Moments before our last paper instrumentation

26-27/12

Day 1: Performance (2-3pm), HPL ( 3.30-4.30pm)

Day 2: Met (9-11am), M&B( 11.30-2.30), INS( 2-3.30pm)

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