In the early 1990s, I was trained for a type rating on the Douglas DC 8-73. I spent six weeks in a classroom listening to a fabulous teacher. When I got out again, I felt as if I had the deepest knowledge of systems, although as a first officer I was not going to repair the aircraft or make drawings of the electrical system from memory. And needless to say, a few months later I had forgotten most of what I had heard. Since then, we have developed much better ways of learning and know ...

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