Type, Class, Instrument Rating (IR) - Skill Test & Proficiency Check

Class/Type Rating Skill Test & Proficiency Check - SEP/MEP

General

Conducted by a Flight Examiner (FE) or Class Rating Examiner (CRE) who must hold IR revalidation/renewal privileges if the IR is to be revalidated/renewed during the test or check

An IR revalidation/renewal can be flown separately

Part FCL.030
Before a skill test for the issue of a licence, rating or certificate is taken, the applicant shall have passed the required theoretical knowledge examination, except in the case of applicants undergoing a course of integrated flying training

In any case, the theoretical knowledge instruction shall always have been completed before the skill tests are taken
 
The applicant for a skill test shall be recommended for the test by the organisation/person responsible for the training, once the training is completed. The training records shall be made available to the examiner

Part FCL.725
For single engine aircraft, the theoretical knowledge examination shall be conducted verbally by the examiner during the skill test to determine whether or not a satisfactory level of knowledge has been achieved

Appendix 9 to Part FCL
An applicant for a skill test shall have received instruction on the same class or type of aircraft to be used in the test

The applicant shall pass the skill test within a period of 6 months after commencement of the class or type rating training course and within a period of 6 months preceding the application for the issue of the class or type rating

Skill Test & Proficiency Check Schedule

Section 1 Departure
Pre-flight including: Documentation, NOTAM, Mass and Balance, Weather briefing
Pre-start checks: External and Internal
Engine Starting: Normal and Malfunctions
Engine Start-up and Shutdown: Normal and Malfunctions (seaplane only)
Taxiing
Step Taxiing (seaplane only)
Mooring: Beach, Jetty/Pier, Buoy (seaplane only)
Engine off sailing
Pre-departure checks: Engine run-up (if applicable)
Take-off procedure: Normal with Flight Manual flap settings, Crosswind (if conditions available)
Climbing: Vx / Vy, Turns onto headings, Level off
ATC liaison - Compliance, R/T procedure

Section 2 Airwork (VMC)
Straight and level flight at various airspeeds including flight at critically low airspeed with and without flaps (including approach to Vmca when applicable)
Steep turns: 360º left and right at 45º bank
Stalls and recovery:
(i) Clean stall
(ii) Approach to stall in descending turn with bank with approach configuration and power
(iii) Approach to stall in landing configuration and power
(iv) Approach to stall, climbing turn with take-off flap and climb power (SE only)
Handling using autopilot and flight director (may be conducted in Section 3) (if applicable)
ATC liaison - Compliance, R/T procedure

Section 3A En-Route Procedures (VFR)
(Section 3A shall be completed to revalidate a type or multi-engine class rating, VFR only, where the required experience of 10 route sectors within the previous 12 months has not been completed. Section 3A is not required if section 3B is completed. Section 3A is required for a class rating sea)

Flight plan, dead reckoning and map reading
Maintenance of altitude, heading and speed
Orientation, timing and revision of ETAs
Use of radio navigation aids (if applicable)
Flight management (flight log, routine checks including fuel, systems and icing)
ATC liaison - Compliance, R/T procedure

Section 3B Instrument Flight
(Section 3B not applicable to class rating sea)

Departure IFR
En-route IFR
Holding procedures
ILS to DH(A) of 200 ft (60m) or to procedure minima (autopilot may be used to glideslope intercept)
Non-precision approach to MDH(A) and map
Flight exercises including: Simulated failure of the compass and attitude indicator, Rate 1 turns, Recoveries from unusual attitudes
Failure of localiser or glideslope
ATC liaison - Compliance, R/T procedure

Section 4 Arrival and Landings
Aerodrome arrival procedure
Normal landing
Flapless landing
Crosswind landing (if suitable conditions)
Approach and landing with idle power from up to 2000 ft above the runway (SE only)
Go-around from minimum height
Night go-around and landing (if applicable)
Glassy water landing (seaplane only)
Rough water landing (seaplane only)
ATC liaison - Compliance, R/T procedure

Section 5 Abnormal and Emergency Procedures
(This section may be combined with sections 1 through 4)

Rejected take-off at a reasonable speed
Simulated engine failure after take-off (SE only)
Simulated forced landing without power (SE only)
Simulated emergencies: Fire or smoke in flight, System’s malfunctions as appropriate
Engine shutdown and restart at a safe altitude if performed in an aeroplane (ME only)
ATC liaison - Compliance, R/T procedure

Section 6 Simulated Asymmetric Flight
(This section may be combined with sections 1 through 5. Section 6 shall be completed to revalidate a ME class rating sea, VFR only, where the required experience of 10 route sectors within the previous 12 months has not been completed)

Simulated engine failure during take-off (at a safe altitude unless carried out in FFS or FNPT II)
Asymmetric approach and go-around
Asymmetric approach and full stop landing
ATC liaison - Compliance, R/T procedure

Assessment

Pass
All sections of the test have been passed

Failure
If any item in a section is failed, that section is failed. Failure in more than one section will require the applicant to take the entire test or check again. Failure to achieve a pass in all sections of the test in two attempts will require further training

Partial Pass
Any applicant failing only one section shall take the failed section again. Failure in any section of the re-test or check including those sections that have been passed at a previous attempt will require the applicant to take the entire test or check again

Rating Expiry Dates

The UK CAA is adopting the rule given in Part ARA.FCL.215 extending the validity period to the end of the month

Initial Issue
Test date extended to the end of the month plus rating validity period
Entered in the licence by the UK CAA

Renewal
Test date extended to the end of the month plus rating validity period
Entered in the licence by the examiner (see note 2)

Revalidation (see note 1)
Current expiry date extended to the end of the month plus rating validity period if carried out in the laid down period before expiry
Entered in the licence by the examiner

Notes:
1. If revalidation is carried out early, prior to the laid down period before expiry, the new expiry date will be the test date extended to the end of the month plus rating validity period
2. Ratings that appear on the back of the UK issued EASA licence can only be entered on the front by the UK CAA

Definitions

Revalidation
The administrative action taken within the period of validity of a rating or certificate which allows the holder to continue to exercise the privileges of a rating or certificate for a further specified period consequent upon the fulfilment of specified requirements

Renewal
The administrative action taken after a rating or certificate has lapsed for the purpose of renewing the privileges of the rating or certificate for a further specified period consequent upon the fulfilment of specified requirements

Skill Test
The demonstration of skill for a licence or rating issue, including such oral examination as may be required.

Proficiency Check
The demonstration of skill to revalidate or renew ratings, and including such oral examination as may be required

References

UK CAA Standards Document 14
CAP 804
Part FCL including AMC and GM
CAA Communication - Safety Directive, Safety Notice, Information Notice

 

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