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How to Pass Australian ATPL Flight Planning

Updated: Aug 26, 2022

All the information you need to pass flight planning and get the mentoring required for Flight planning Exam without paying ridiculous amounts of money towards training and tutoring.

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The photo was taken during standard operations in none critical phase of flight in cruise. Airbus A350-900


“doing a course or getting some one on one time will allow you to figure out and get taught ways in which we can help you improve accuracy and time for the exam

Passing ATPL Flight Planning in Australia is one of the hardest exams I've sat however after studying and re-siting its been easy to find ways to get guaranteed marks through careful study and question prep.

After studying you will find that anyone can pass it with the correct amount of study and determination. You will learn where you make mistakes and start to critique your style of answering and setting up flight plans. By doing a course or getting some one on one time will allow you to figure out and get taught ways in which we can help you improve accuracy and time for the exam.


Time is everything During my time sitting and studying for the exam, I never felt too pressured with time however I had sat and studied a lot for the exam. Generally, people sitting with me said they did not finish or needed more time. The Flight Planning Exam goes for 3 hours with 17 to 18 questions.


If you are stuck or realize you have made a mistake it is generally too late to go back and complete a 5-mark question again unless you have a lot of time up your sleeve.

There are ways in which you can improve your speed and time and one is using the calculator properly,

learn to use the memory function for fuel flows and understand you can input multiple calculations such as calculating TAS from various flight levels and temperatures.


Sit Practice Exams

When completing the practice exam's you should be achieving results in the high 80s to 90s and finishing within the time period required.”

If you are self-studying flight planning you will already know not all the required information is present in current theory providers' notes and answers. Their data and answers, track names are wrong and can lead to answers that are not explained well. I would highly recommend consulting with someone who has sat the exam or paying for a 1 on 1 tutoring session before sitting the exam. When completing the practice exam you should be achieving results in the high 80s to 90s and finishing within the time period required. If you need exams then you can purchase them online or either go to a theory provider for their course. The AFT notes and exams are very good however I found that not all the answers are explained well.

During your study, you will find you are making constant similar errors due to certain reasons or either just stuffing up multiple random questions. This could be due to a lack of motivation and fatigue from studying too much. I personally also made numerous errors with track selection, flight level selection, and missing distances. These can all make a huge difference in the answer and hence an incorrect answer despite doing the working right. Try to stay positive and keep studying and sitting for practice exams until you feel comfortable with all the questions that could pop up.


If you need any help please email or get in contact for a 1 on 1 consultation for free as it is my goal to help you achelike excellence in the aviation world.





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