FAQs Archives: ETOPS (Extended Operations)

Do all schools teach ETOPS?

No. In fact, some of those schools that do not, will not, or can not instruct this course attempt to dismiss ETOPs or try to criticize us for doing something original. Other schools simply try to copy us. If they can’t copy us, they try to discredit training that is valuable whether you dispatch ETOPs […]

Can you give an example of a typical question that is debated within the industry?

Let’s just say there are a lot of viewpoints concerning the application of “maximum diversion time” on a flight plan, as well as alternate minimum calculations and critical fuel assumptions. There were also recent policies written which are now under review based on questions and recommendations made by Sheffield School in 2008. These points are […]

I’ve talked to some airlines that claim ETOPs can be taught at the airline if I need it. Why should I take your course?

Until the airlines (there have been many) stop calling Sheffield for the answers to ETOPS questions, you should consider learning good habits and creative thinking by attending our course. In addition, many airlines, including the former head of Operations at a large international airline told us that he personally appreciated Sheffield teaching ETOPS before the […]

Do you provide a completion certificate?

Yes

Do other schools offer the same?

We don’t know what is currently provided, if anything. No other school seems interested in advertising what they provide or don’t. We did have a graduate of another school attend our accelerated course (you can deduce why) and show us his ETOPS manual booklet. It’s under the arrow in the picture below – look close. […]

Do you provide an ETOPs manual with your course as a reference?

Absolutely! We supply a thick manual for all our courses along with extra plotting charts, enroute charts, orientation charts, flight planning charts, weather and computer flight plan printouts.

Why do you charge for this course while another school claims it should be free or claim to include this same material in their full course?

We actually have material to teach. We have a live instructor to give scenarios concerning complex situations. We have the ability to answer questions and alter our given examples with overhead slides as well as graphically planning multiple ETOPs flights on our computers. The student receives valuable feedback. You won’t be placed in front of […]

What is the duration and cost of the course?

One day and $300, respectively.

Do all of your graduates attend the ETOPS course?

No, approximately 30-50% typically attend the course following graduation. Some attend at a later date.

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