Advice on the EnRoute Performance Verification (PV)
A guy once told me in the military, "part of being a good leader is showing confidence when you don't have any, troops will follow a good leader off a cliff if they think he is confident about it." I don't think I would have jumped off a cliff but all the same, I understand the philosophy. Make decisions, don't shoot from the hip, but make it and go with it. Your instinct will amaze you.
Lastly, don't get wrapped up in propaganda while you are here. Whether you are republican, democrat, pro-union or anti-union, forget it. Don't utter the words, "imposed work rules" and do not wear a Hawaiian shirt. There is no one here to support you besides you. You alone hold the only key to your success. Worry about NATCA, OBAMA, and IWR's when you get to your facility. Again, they will send you home packing without a hi, bye, thank you, wish you well or any of that. The only certainty you have here is that if you don't learn this, you WILL NOT have a job. I guess telling you to relax would be a contradiction at this point.
Don't take this lightly. YOU CAN AND WILL be successful if you want it or you may just get lucky but I wouldn't bet on it.
They tell you the good things you did if you pass and the bad things if you don't. My guy was actually very complimentary, which is odd, because I swear I ran the worst problem of my life. Half way through the problem I looked at my hand and it was literally shaking violently...haha.
A good way to practice at home is: Keep your strips, lay them out on the table. Don't read the time or altitude. Assume that all aircraft are within 10 minutes and at FL230. Just look at the routes and figure out if they will be in conflict and where. Learn the airports that pop up alot and where they will the aircraft will be going. Also learn what is a guarenteed point out or appreq. Some of these are:
1. Anything with HATER on it will be a point out for sure, regardless of direction.
a. Normally Hater-Sidon is a big one.
3. J4 westbound is a pointout to 67
2. Anything GWO direct Sawmill or Alexandria will probably be a point out at the tri-center boundary and to 67.
3. PBF to GPT is always a point out to 65.
4. AAL41 or and NWA aircraft will always climb slow and need a point out climbing high.
5. Lifeguard, coming from the southeast will always want to descend over or close to JAN. Remember to pointout "descending into VKS" so that the R-side can take him all the way down.
6. COA338 si ALWAYS a double pointout to D67 and D15.
7. VKS departures northeast or northwest bound will need to be appreqed climbing to Jan or MLU.
8. WATCH the JAN departure aircraft climbing to the south from JAN. They will normally need a PO to H30.
9. GWO direct HLI, MEI, IGB will need to be appreqed to D12 or D65. You'll learn this.
10. anytime you see V245, it will normally be NE bound and hitting R931
Just learn the pitfalls and ingrain the things that will always happen. It is not that difficult once you learn to have fun with it. You should be able to look at the route and immediately know by seeing HATER that there is a PO to 67. Also, this is big, learn what is the R-side's responsibility. Aircraft departing JAN climbing above 100 are not your responsibility for seperation. You can forget they exist if they dont need a climbing PO. Also, if there is a conflict you are uncertain of, show them to the R-side and say "I am unsure of these guys, will you watch them?" That puts the monkey on his back.