I wanted to tell you a little feedback on the interview itself.
It was pretty basic, the chief pilots for both the A330 and A340 were there, they spoke mostly in Chinese and the interpreter attempted to convey technical questions. That was hard for her because she didn’t understand anything about the aircraft. Nevertheless, after talking about my flight history and going over recency on the A320 we dove right into technical. It was very short, the whole affair lasted 30 minutes or less.
The questions asked were, regarding procedures for a V1 cut including the techniques involved. He asked specifically about if the engine fire did not extinguish and what would I do. The answer they want is that you stay with the fire until it is secure, basically. Additionally, they asked about a few memory items for teh A320, I dont’ know if either of them ever flew it but they asked anyway. Windshear was the focus.
After we finished talking, they thanked me for coming and I stepped outside with Frank, the company liason. As we left Frank got a phone call and he then told I had passed the interview and that my medical was forthcoming. If I needed it, this would be when I would have been sent to take the sim and then the written tests.
I hope this helps and you can feel free to pass it along if anyone wants more information to put their mind at ease.
Hainan Airlines SIM Check
Notes: SIM facility is Airbus property.
Meet your SIM partner on taxi ride to SIM, (another 330 pilot)!, you are given 20 min to brief and develop a plan
Was given 5 question written exam, multi choice. (What are the indication with Eng. fire test)
Airport: Toulouse, France
RWY USED: 33R
Airbus, procedures used, all manuals, ORH, Normal check list and call outs (very different from US AIRLINES procedures – You must use Airbus Procedures)
Start at gate, preflight check list, push back, ENG START, taxi to RWY 33R
Normal TO, medical emergency. Return VFR RWY 33R
TO, wind shear @ 300 ft, after recovery, FCU FAULT, ILS LANDING RWY 33
TO, ENG FAIL @ 300 ft (ENG DAMAGE) – return VOR /DME 33R, SINGLE ENG GO AROUND
After Go Around reset on 10 mile final, Auto pilot / auto Thrust INOP. CAT 1 RWY 33 to a landing
TO, ENG FIRE, with EMER EVACUATION
Normal TO, medical emergency. VFR RETURN TO RWY 33R
TO, Eng. failure @ 200 ft (damage), single Eng. VOR / DME, Go around
TO, TCAS, FM1+2 fault, ILS 33R
TO, Wind shear, RA1+2 FAULT