3. Photo description
The candidate should be asked to describe as much as possible about the picture and give an opinion if relevant. assessors should be aware that some candidates, especially those who have had no formal training or experience of the AEPS examination may not have much to say. Simple questions about the weather in the picture or pointing to items might help. Other possibilities include asking them about personal experience, what they would do in that situation, is it a day nice to be flying, etc. Usually after a few simple, questions candidates are able to sustain a short discourse.
The aim of the picture description exercise is to be able to demonstrate:
- Basic and essential aviation related vocabulary
- Aircraft parts (structure, flight controls, cockpit instruments)
- Airport or aerodrome infrastructure and facilities (runways, taxiways, buildings, windsock, antennas, lighting, etc.)
- Routine ground and flight manoeuvres (pre-flight checks, refuelling, taxiing, landing, take-off, turns, using checklists, etc)
- Landmarks and ground features (sea, land, coast, hills, fields, towns, rivers, etc)
- Unusual or emergency situations (failures, damage, unusual operations)
- General vocabulary useful for everyday communications not just limited to aviation
- More advanced complex structure and vocabulary if the candidate is able to project opinions or personal experience. Possible use of conditionals etc.
The VFR photos selected for the examination generally show situations familiar to most private VFR pilots.
Likewise, IFR photos will include situations more relevant to their routine experience. Some of the IFR photos depict emergency or unexpected situations such as:
- Tail strikes
- Emergency slide deployment
- Engine fire
- Runway excursion