Type Rating – Finally (actually not there yet!) you will begin a very important journey, your Type Rating. Depending on what aircraft your airline flies, you will have to do type-specific training to fly that aircraft.
Common aircraft in India you will find are Airbus A320, Boeing 737, Boeing 777, Airbus ATR72, Q400 to name a few. This is a very important phase of your career so far – In the Type Rating you will begin by learning the systems of your aircraft & you will end up flying using Computer Based Training, you will have to pass a theoretical exam and then you will be put on a Full Flight Simulator often known as Level D sim.
The number of sessions depends on your airline and regulations at that time but the way sessions work is you will have a 4-hour full flight simulator sortie with 2 hours briefing before and 1 hour debriefs after the session. Each session you will deal with complex issues such as Engine Failures, Unreliable Airspeeds, Dual Hydraulic Failures, Rejected Take Off, Evacuation to name a few items.
Other items also include Low Visibility Operations and Winter Operations where you will fly in extreme conditions as well as flying very close to the ground without visual reference (and deal with failures). In the end, you will complete an “LST” which is your License Proficiency Test with an examiner to get your Type Rating endorsed on your license.