ATPL Performance & Loading (APLA)
APLA 2.5 hour exam, 70% pass mark.
CASA Permitted Material (check CASA website for latest):
CASA Suggested References:
PERFORMANCE & LOADING:
Boeing 727 Performance & Operating Handbook*
Aeroplane Performance, Planning & Loading for the Air Transport Pilot
by Aviation Theory Centre
What Is Examined?
The Performance and Loading examination tests primarily Unit 1.11.2 of Schedule 3 of the MOS, but may include items from earlier Units. The exam tests these two topic areas, with a mixture of questions on both ‘general knowledge’ and ‘practical’ problems.
The exam has lots of Load & Trim Sheets, so know those very well.
Performance questions examines the standards with reference to the following items:
• Item 2 Take-off and Landing Performance.
• Item 3 Climb, Cruise and Descent Performance
1.3 'Practical' performance questions are based on the Boeing 727 Aeroplane and
will usually require the use of the Handbook.
1.4 Loading (Weight & Balance) questions examine the manual of standards with
reference to Weight and Balance.
1.5 'Practical' loading questions are based on the Boeing 727 Weight & Balance
Extract. This Extract will be provided as part of the ATPL Workbook during
the examination. The Workbook contains a number of A3-size trim sheets
printed back to back. For load and balance questions, these trim sheets are best
used when removed from the Workbook. A copy of the Training & Exam
Workbook for the ATPL (Aeroplane) Weight & Balance Manual of standards
may be downloaded from the CASA web site at
2 Extraction of data, selection of Flight Levels, required accuracy and use of
the B727 Performance & Operating Handbook - As for Flight Planning