Due to the unexpectedly poor results of the new syllabus students in June in the Flight Planning exam, we have decided to re-run the FP lectures in the next module in place of the Performance lectures. All those that took the new syllabus exam were doing well and expected to pass, but did not do so. There was a drop of 20-25% in marks achieved in the ACE tests and practice FP exam in revision week compared to the actual exam results. This has been raised with the CAA for some remedial action as it is a widespread problem across all ATOs and not an acceptable state of affairs for those on the new syllabus.
To allow the necessary re-sits in Flight Planning in the October exams, we have basically swapped Flt Planning and Performance residential lectures in all the modules that follow. The new Year Planner is attached reflecting this change and you should all amend your study plans to suit the new schedule where necessary. So, the next Module (from 16th August) will now comprise: POF, Instruments and Flight Planning lectures in class and the associated revision days in the Sept revision week. For some DL students, who may already have been studying Performance for the last 2 months expecting to take the exam in October, we will also run an extra Performance revision day in September if there is any demand for it.
For those on the new syllabus, rest assured that Pathway, in conjunction with other major ground school ATOs in the PLAG lobby group, are doing all we can to highlight the difficulties with the new exams and hope that both the UK CAA and EASA will take heed of the unfairness and introduce compensating remedial action to address this issue. There have been precedents with this situation in the last 20 years in the changeover from CAA to JAR exams, and this has also been brought to the attention of the UK CAA - no response as yet!