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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

From what I recall you basically hit the nail on the head with your examples. Truthfully I did not study mechanical comprehension or math as I have found that section is generally more common sense stuff - for example this is taken off a SIFT Test prep website - 1. Heather and Joan are sitting on a seesaw which is balanced. Heather weighs 140 lbs and Joan weighs 107 lbs. If Joan is seated 5.5 feet away from the pivot of the seesaw, how far away is Heather from the pivot? 4.2 ft 140 ft 5.85 ft 5 ft there were a few extremely specific questions thrown in that there really wasn't a way to study for. I had one question that had to do with how nuclear reactors function - something to do with fission. I mostly studied the stuff I knew I didn't know as well such as the aviation stuff, hidden figures, and spatial apperception. Three study resources I utilized most heavily were the Helicopter Lessons in 10 minutes or less on Youtube, FAA rotary handbook, and a SIFT test prep book. If you feel uncertain of your ability to do as well as you expect then you should probably delay taking the test by a week or two to give yourself more time to feel prepared. Sorry that I don't remember more specific examples - good luck!

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

I am not finding anything in the way of prep for my ATP checkride. There are some YouTube videos for fixed wing but nothing for rotary. I have checked with Helicopter Ground School and nothing. My instructor is in the Guard and over a MediVac company, but he does not have an ATP or any knowlege of how to prepare for it. I am mostly concerned about the oral side of things. I have about 1000 hours flying in the clouds so that part doesn't bother me. I have already passed my written (missed one question) thanks to Sheppard Air. I have the Practical Test standards but I guess I am looking for some experience on what the examiners expect during the oral and any gotchas on the practical. Thanks Bill

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

What specifically would you study for math, polynomials,algebraic expressions,linear systems of equations..ect? Also how did you study for mechanical comprehension? Sorry for the bombardment of questions, just really stressing as I take it in a week.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

It is not uncommon at all and is not hard to get approved. I had my PRK done eight years before being a pilot but from my friends that have done it the process seemed to be as simple as a recommendation from the flight doc, approval by the eye surgeon folks that you meet the initial standards and approval from your commander. There's some down time afterwards for your eyes to heal before you're allowed back on flight status as well.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Hello All! I was wondering if anyone could provide clarification to whether or not you are allowed to get PRK or LASIK corrective surgeries after you are already a pilot - I would like to get corrective surgery eventually down the line so that I do not have to wear corrective lenses while flying. Please provide references if possible - I would like to read up on the topic.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Think less specifically. More about the principals of how helicopters fly; which is why I suggested that YouTube channel. I don't recall anything that was aircraft specific other than something generic. Also make sure you study a bit about night flying, there were a few questions related to NVGs that stumped me. 18C brought up a very good resource - SAT test prep for math would be an excellent resource and should be easy to find one cheap.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Selected: Yes, SIFT: 71 This is only how I prepared, and obviously is not the only way. I have not taken a college level math course in about 12 years, and only a few other college courses since that time. Overall: I had three different SIFT books. Trivium, Barons, and some other one I forgot. I ignored all the prep sections in them and used them solely for the practice tests. The books are not well refined or edited. One of my answer sheets only had 50 questions for the simple drawings. It just skipped every other number. I think it is most important that you are ready for the speed and layout of the test more than anything else. I think it was extremely beneficial to have taken 5 or 6 test condition practice tests to get a feel for the exam. Math: After I took the tests under test conditions, I studied the questions that I got wrong and went to google to find more examples of similar questions. I also went online and downloaded official SAT prep tests, which are much harder questions than you will get from the SIFT. Make sure you pick the no calculator section of the SAT prep. Hidden Figures: I completed all of the hidden figures during the test. I thought the hidden figures in the test prep books were much harder than the actual SIFT. On my SIFT I had the same shapes to choose from for almost the whole section. They would just take them and rotate them or make a minor change. It actually felt weird, since the practice tests switched shapes every 5 questions or so.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

As far as knowing what each military helicopter is used for such as the AH-64, UH-60 and CH-47. What specifically is the test looking for (knowledge on all military helicopters or just a certain few) more so should my attention be on all helicopters or a few.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

For the math portion you should focus your studying on college level algebra but also make sure you know simple things like long division as you do not have a calculator. You more than likely won't answer too many hidden figures questions before the time runs out (for reference I'm pretty sure I answered less than 10). I had zero aviation experience and still scored a 59 and was subsequently selected. I wouldn't stress, especially with the timeline you have to work with - I'd focus a bit on the stuff you feel uncomfortable with but I would spend more time reviewing your aviation knowledge. One really great resource that helped me along was the youtube channel "Helicopter Lessons in 10 Minutes or Less". Good luck with your SIFT and the board to follow!

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Like everyone else said, only way to know is to try. With your dual bachelors degrees and solid LORs I'd guess you have a decent shot. I was street to seat as well and the acceptance rate on the board I was selected on was about 66%. Good luck brother!