I was wondering what the general opinion is from all Pilots & Student Pilots with the IAA and their exams.
What i find crazy is:
(1)They dont hold many sittings in the year. The Location was only the Gresham Hotel in Dublin, but heard they now having stiings in Weston and Cork Airport?
(2)The method of testing is so out of date, its like it is from the 1930's.
(3) Takes 15 working days to get results by post.
(4) exams in Canada are 40% the price of what the IAA charge
I dont have any information about the other JAA/EASA member states and how they go about doing their examinations. I would be interested in finding out.
From my own experience of training in Canada, it was so much more flexible, helpfull and efficient.
I know Canada is a very large country, but you can take exams in many places, including inhouse with your fligth school. You can ring up today, and get an exam sitting tomorrow or the next day!
The exams are done with computer, so you just click and click pick your answer and submit to finish. When you click on the screen "submit", by the time you get up from your desk and get to the reciption, they are printing your results off! no waiting for 15 working days on post!
Also, I did some ATPL exams a few weeks ago and the IAA had 3 invigilator keeping an eye on 6 students! such a waste of money.
And also, they moved their headquarters from Hawkins st, to the Old times building on D'olier st, and yet they rent a room in a hotel form exams?? why did they not build a examination centre in their new head quarters and stop wasting money renting a hotel room! and from my last exam sitting, their was so much noise in the hotel from shouting kids in the room across from our exam room. crazy!!
and finially, the price they charge! €115 per IAA exam VS $40-$60 aprox for ransport canada.
rip off ireland