Feedback From ECQB2020 Exams

29th April 2021   
Feedback From ECQB2020 Exams

ATPL(A) : Student Feedback from March Exams (from F.M.) 

CAA Exams. ECQB 2020

Instruments, POF, Performance, Human Perf & Limitations


*Very auto throttle, autopilot and FD heavy from advanced instruments. Vast majority were new questions and very wordy. A couple of questions that were almost scenario based. For example around the stall, what would happen to the stall warning if all stall sensors froze while flying level and decreasing speed. Again like yesterday it was as if they are trying to catch you out by using different terms and phrases to Padpilot/avexam to confuse the question. For example instead of using ‘lever arm’ when talking about force and torque they described it with reference to different axis’ as suppose to just using the word. Ask for different between GPWS and TWAS/HTWAS. Didn’t cover much of the syllabus but I guess that’s just luck of the draw 
* only around 10-15 max. questions on basic instruments which were the more ones that were slightly relatable to past questions. Deviation, pitot leak, nothing to wild there I would have said.


Principles of Flight

Below I have made a small list of notes from my POF exam today, from what I can remember anyway. I have not done a great job in remembering exact questions and answer options, but hopefully it is of some help going forward:

*Lot of drop down, fill in the gaps 2 or 3 to be filled in for the one mark 

*Effect of microburst on go around

*Effect of engine failure with counter rotating props - where do you yaw and roll

*Types of flaps - one comparing 2 trailing edge flap, one with a gap one  between flap and wing one without and its effect on the Cl/Cd and critical angle 

*Naming leading edge flaps: Kruger, slat, variable camber

*Cl and AoA graph - what point do you get max AoA- top of x axis, top of y axis

*One radius question

*One Va calculation 

*4 different aerofoils varying in thickness and camber and a graph with a Cd curve of each wing to match up

*Climb at constant vertical speed, what will eventually happen 

*What happens to Mach no when flying in air temperature increases

*Couple of CG related questions - one being: what happens to the tail plane force if more fuel is added behind the old CG 

*2 questions regarding the effect of being in the unstable part of the total drag curve 

*one saying that A/C is stable with forward CG, what’s the effect on the manoeuvrability 

*Effect of wind shear when coming into land, wind speed stays roughly the same but it is no longer a headwind - will you speed up/slow down and what effect on the stall 

*Name a lateral and directional aperiodic motion - answers: phugoid, small oscillations, Dutch roll, spiral dive   

On the whole, concepts all the same and I felt I understood them it was just hard to pick out what they want as they tie you in knots and it feels as if they are trying to trip you up more than purely test your knowledge of the subject. 



For me personally it was the hardest despite being relatively confident before hand. Not as many multiple choice as I would have expected, a lot of type in’s or drop downs. All new graphs and tables for me and very different styles to the AvExam ones we practice.  General questions again were more new ones but still covering the normal topics; no massive surprises in what came up. The big changes were the graphs and tables, as I hadn’t seen an AvExam questions like that.



Again, like them all, predominantly all new questions. Fairly wordy and a handful of new words to try and catch you out as opposed to terms you’d be used to seeing from AvExam and Padpilot. The real challenge I found was how similar a lot of the answers were to one another, very subtle changes so you have to really know your stuff.  Alos, when you see the answers it’s easy to talk yourself into some of the others, so very hard to know how I have done.