Flight Test Items – 2. Aircraft Performance and Limitations/Weight

Aim

To determine that the candidate can demonstrate a practical knowledge of the recommended operating procedures, performance capabilities and limitations for the aircraft being used for the flight test; and that the candidate can correctly complete weight calculations for the aircraft used for the flight test.

Description

The candidate will be required to describe the recommended operating procedures, performance capabilities and limitations for the powered para-glider to be used on the flight test. Other performance data may be determined from the powered para-glider-operating manual.

The candidate will be required, using actual weights, to complete accurate computations for practical loading situations applicable to the powered para-glider to be used in the test. The candidate will be required to correct a situation that is described by the examiner, for example, the maximum permissible take-off weight has been exceeded or is below the minimum load recommended by the canopy manufacturer.

Performance Criteria

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

  1. determine from the powered para-glider operating manual, the operational data and limitations for the powered para-glider used for the flight test;

  2. determine if the take-off weight is within permissible limits for the intended flight;

  3. demonstrate practical knowledge of how to correct a situation of overloading or one in which the load is below the limits of the canopy’s minimum load.
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