SkyBurner wrote:Once they have completed this flying they have 1 exam to do! ONE EXAM of which they are given the answers to study the night before!
I am in the US right now doing some fixed wing flight training for my FAA PPL, and I am curious to know how my instructor would find out exactly what questions I will receive for my theory exam. My PPL theory exam is a cyberexam which is to be carried out at an independant theory testing centre, much the same as the ASL exam centre I attended when I completed my helicopter CPL theory subjects in Australia. The questions are randomly selected from a pool of approximately one thousand questions. The difference here in the US is that the exact questions are published and used in all the training materials, whereas in Australia the practice questions are only quoted as being 'similar' to what we can expect on the exams. This may be different for CPL but I highly doubt it.
Although pilots who convert their FAA CPL to an Australian licence have not completed the same level of theory study, I personally fail to see how they can be considered to be dangerous pilots. Firstly, you quoted these pilots as having around 250-300 hours. That's a little more than the 105, or even 125 hour minimums in Australia, and secondly, they have to show they are competent by passing an Australian CPL flight test. Surely if there were any deficiencies in their flying they would not pass the practical flight test?