Just finished my systems validation and my procedures validation.
The systems validation is the new "oral". It's a 100 question exam covering the aircraft that I have to score 85 or better on.
The Airbus systems was entirely self study with an Ipad app. There was minimal review in person. I started studying back in January while still flying the MD-80. I am happy to report I got 99 out of 100. The one question I missed was on fuel transfer. Eh. Not bad.
The procedures validation was done in a semi mock cockpit. It's a bunch of touchscreens and a thrust lever quadrant. It's good for muscle memory but there's no outside view so it's all pretend. My partner and I rocked the validation finishing very quickly. All along this journey instructors have mentioned how we are doing much better than average crews. I credit my partner as having been on the Airbus for a few years and me being the over prepared person that I typically am.
Two days off and the real sim starting Saturday.
The Airbus is waaaaaaaaaaay easier than the MD-80.