Aug 12, 2019 – Ground School is ending

This blog and others like it represent the updates I’ve been sending to my teammates as I go through the training required to get a type rating in the Gulfstream G280 corporate jet. These are intended to help them understand how the training is structured, and be even more prepared than I was.
I am feeling supported from my new PM, my old PM, and my teammates in Wilmington. In this case, Mike J had this to say: ‘if you sit at the GFS for a long time, it’s best if used while you are looking forward to it, instead of sideways in L/R seat…you’ll get what they call GFS neck….and you’ll be sore…so don’t sit in either seat station if playing with the FMS sit behind the GFS and look forward, sitting in the middle behind will help your neck in the long run.  Your neck will hurt.’
Mike J took the time to show me how to start and use a similar GFS before I came down. that training helped allot because no one down here took the time. Mike is exactly correct in his advice. The GFS simulator configuration is meant to simulate where all the buttons are in whatever airplane it is modeling. You sit in an office chair and lean way back to reach out and touch the controls to make them work.
My comments to the teammates reflect where I was just prior to performance day, and a few days before the written test. There are three gates to pass to get this type – written; oral; and finally a practical test – flying the simulator.
Morning of the 11th: I have been getting to class around 5:30 everyday, but they locked me out this morning for some reason. I can’t use the desktop version of the GFS to practice, so I’ll take the time to write this quick note.
The limits page Perry sent out to everyone appears to be is a key document (in a sea of other documents we might want to read). I have been scanning that most days in prep for the written and oral, as well as reviewing the presentations I downloaded before I came down. The presentations we have access to are constantly changing in this new program, so get yours again right before you come down.
You don’t need to study Jeopardy questions, but it helps to have a spreadsheet sorted like Mike mentioned during class. Don’t feel any pressure there – it is a good review, and has nothing to do with the game Jeopardy as I know it.
I attached an updated workbook with various learning aids, including an updated jeopardy in both NUMBERS and EXCEL format. The later may have issues with formatting, as I’m working in NUMBERS on the iPAD and MAC. Ignore it if you don’t need it, and there are a few mistakes in there.
I’ve really put allot of energy into learning the FMS and avionics this week. Based on Perry’s advice, I stopped worrying about the written test and trust I know enough. Mike J tells me you have to fly more than remember things in order to pass, and that makes sense to mne. I’ll study tonight for tomorrow’s written. No more GFS / FMS. Manage my energy.
I’m going to find the PM down here today and make more schedule changes  – like not accepting 2 days off between my LOST and my checkride. Otherwise all good. Note: I ended up not winning that discussion. He didn’t explain any of this, but it appears that everyone is getting an instructor in training and they may be ‘balls-to-the-wall’ training to get instructors spun up.
Performance and W&B today. Astra / Westwind is weak on that, so this will be almost a first for me in high performance jets. Lot’s to learn.
15 more days before I can come home. Flows are important – but they are easy to learn with practice.
Class is starting in a few.
Later.