1. Pre-flight

1. A. Obtaining Weather Information (Ground item)

Aim

To determine the candidate’s ability to retrieve and interpret the aviation weather information necessary for the safe conduct of a flight in accordance with the Instrument Flight Rules.

Description

The candidate will obtain and interpret aviation weather information for the route of flight assigned for the flight test.

Performance Criteria

Assessment will be based on the candidate’s ability to retrieve and interpret items such as:

  1. weather reports and forecasts (METAR/TAF);
  2. graphic area forecast (GFA);
  3. surface analysis chart;
  4. significant weather prognostic charts (SIGWX);
  5. winds and temperatures aloft (FD);
  6. icing, turbulence and freezing level charts;
  7. SIGMETs;
  8. PIREPS; and
  9. NOTAMs.

1. B. Flight Planning (Ground Item)

Aim

To determine the candidate’s ability to plan a flight utilizing the weather information in accordance with Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), performance charts and the weight and balance calculations.

Description

The candidate will plan a flight to an assigned destination. The candidate will prepare a flight log, weight and balance calculations and an IFR flight plan.

Performance Criteria

Assessment will be based on the candidate’s ability to:

  1. select an appropriate route, altitude and alternate;
  2. locate and apply information essential to the flight;
  3. utilize the information retrieved in 1.A. for the flight planning;
  4. describe the effects of meteorological conditions upon performance characteristics and correctly apply these factors to a specific chart, table, graph or other performance data;
  5. demonstrate acceptable knowledge of procedures and planning while applying operational factors affecting helicopter performance;
  6. calculate the estimated time enroute and total fuel requirement based on factors such as power settings, operating altitude or flight level, wind and fuel reserve requirements;
  7. determine that the required performance for the planned flight is within the helicopter’s capability and operating limitations;
  8. make a competent “GO/NO-GO” decision based on available information for the planned flight; and
  9. complete a flight plan in a manner that reflects the conditions of the proposed flight.

1. C. Cockpit Checks

Aim

To determine the candidate’s ability to complete the cockpit checks necessary for a safe flight under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) or simulated Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), including all starting and shut down procedures for the intended Flight.

Description

The candidate will complete all checks necessary for an IFR flight in accordance with published SOPs, owner’s checklists or the POH/RFM.

Performance Criteria

Assessment will be based upon the candidate’s ability to:

  1. determine that the helicopter is properly equipped and serviceable for instrument flight or simulated instrument flight;
  2. verify that publications and databases to be used are current;
  3. perform the pre-flight instrument, avionics and navigation equipment cockpit checks; 
  4. take appropriate action with respect to unsatisfactory conditions identified; and
  5. complete checks applicable to anti-icing, de-icing, or ice warning systems.
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