End of an Era - A New Beginning (The Final CAT III Course)
As Cat3C transitions to new training formats, the final CAT III course will start on 6th January 2020 and will follow the usual structured programme of mentored classroom study, guided with highly experienced instructors, working through the training material at a steady pace, and supplemented with a range of progress tests and practice examinations.
Although in every sense of the term, the CAT III course is a full-time course, from a regulatory point of view, the CAT III course is a distance-learning course, but it is a distance-learning course which (a) is supplemented by an additional 95+ days of classroom tuition (in addition to the 20 days mandatory classroom brush-up phases) and (b) provides as much as, and in several subjects far more, classroom contact time than any other integrated or full-time modular course we are aware of.
The course is designed to last eight months, and this has been purposefully designed in response to numerous comments from integrated and full-time modular students that a six-month course is too demanding and forces them into learning answers by rote from the commercial question banks.
We want to turn out a high quality of student who actually understands the theoretical knowledge and is able to answer verbal questioning during interviews and not merely remember answers to question banks. Add to this the apparent mission of the regulators to change exam questions on a regular basis, such that question banks become ineffective and you can understand why it is important to know your subjects.
The EASA syllabus has been created so that each subject can be studied in isolation of the other subjects, but of course, there are times when a basic knowledge of one subject may benefit understanding of another subject. To cater for this, we have prepared an introductory Core Topics element, whereby you will study those topics which appear in numerous subjects, as well as some areas of basic maths and physics.
Cat3C’s sub-modules have been compiled with subjects having complementary content, so that greater understanding of each subject is gained.
Each subject in each sub-module is covered in whole, and where relevant, reference may be made to another subject to aid understanding of the subject presently being studied, e.g. when explaining navigation to and from VORs it is useful to have an understanding how VORs work.
Self Study Days
The purpose behind self-study days is for you to do them in the classroom. There is no obligation on you to do this – you are free to study at home – but we would prefer it if you stayed in the classroom.
Why? So you can work with your fellow students, and solve problems together. This has been found to be a very effective method of learning – by sharing knowledge with your other students and have them share their knowledge with you. Everybody has their strong points and their weak points, so the idea is to figure them out together.
That doesn’t mean we will abandon you. On the contrary, wherever possible, there will be an instructor on hand, to steer you in the right direction with tricky problems and to assist you with those problems that you just cannot solve.