## CATHAY PACIFIC CADET & PILOT

**CATHAY PACIFIC CADET & PILOT**

**APTITUDE TEST PREPARATION**

**Lectures by Dr. Steven Holding**

College of Aeronautical Science

CATHAY PACIFIC use general mathematics and **Mental Calculation Tests** as a major part of the pilot/ cadet selection procedure. This course is designed to help you to improve your speed, accuracy and confidence in the test. Aeronautical Knowledge may also be important depending on your previous flying experience. Course duration is two full days in class. Students may wish to start the course by correspondence and then attend the lectures at a later date. This may be a better method of study as you will have time to absorb the basic material and also to find out which areas are your weakest.

**IMPORTANT: **

**You will be provided with after course study material and individual assistance if necessary. The average student will need 4 to 8 weeks home study to prepare properly. Note that the mathematics preparation may take longer depending on your previous experience and high school results.**

**COURSE OUTLINE**

- Pattern sequences and Matrix Patterns (These are used in the Cathay Stage 1 entry test)
- Rounding and Approximations for quick Mental Calculations
- Streamlining Calculations and conversions using Fractions Percentages and Ratios.
- Number Sequences
- Basic Trigonometry
- Speed, Distance, Fuel Flow and Flight Planning Calculations
- Basic Algebra
- AERONAUTICAL MATHEMATICS (see below)

**AERONAUTICAL MATHEMATICS**

All pilot applicants (including cadets with zero flying hours) are expected to have some basic aeronautical knowledge. (Indicated below •)

The remainder are relevant for applicants who hold a Commercial Pilots license. (indicated below •)

- 1 in 60 rule and Applications
- Navigation, Drift Angle
- Vector Calculations using TAS, Wind and Ground Speed
- Descent and Climb Angle/ Gradient Calculations
- Rate of Climb and Rate of Descent Calculations
- The Lift Formula

- Speed of Sound, IAS to TAS conversion
- Mach Number Calculations
- Effect of Altitude upon Power and Thrust
- Effect of Altitude and Weight Change on Stall speed/ Rotate Speed
- Drag Curve Theory, Parasite Drag, Induced Drag
- Bank Angle, Radius of Turn, Load Factor
- Fuel Flow, Best Endurance and Best Range Speeds
- Compression Drag, Critical Mach Number
- The Lift Formula; how to use it to estimate Stall Speed, Rotate Speed, Cruise Speed for any aircraft.
- Best Angle of Climb

Please contact Dr Steven Holding for further information.

Email: aerophysics@optusnet.com.au

Phone: 042 303 7474

Griffith University conducts “Compass” Aptitude tests. For details see: www.pilotassessment.com.au