- Flight Test Guide—Instrument Rating
- Admission to Flight Test — Initial
- Admission to a Partial Flight Test
- Admission to a Complete Re-Test
- Admission to Flight Test – Renewal
- Helicopter and Full-Flight Simulator
- Flight Test
- Repeated Flight Test Item
- Incomplete Flight Test
- Failure of a Flight Test
- Partial Flight Test
- Complete Re-Test
- Validity Periods
- Pre-Test Briefing
- Flight Management
- Flight Test Results
- Assessment of Flight Test Performance
- 4-Point Marking Scale
- Flight Test Items
- 1. Pre-flight
- 2. IFR Operational Knowledge (Ground Item)
- 3. Air Traffic Control Clearances
- 4. Departure
- 5. Enroute
- 6. Arrival
- 7. Holding
- 8. Approaches
- 8. VOR, LOC, LOC/BC or NDB Instrument Approach
- 8. ILS or LPV Instrument Approach
- 8. RNAV(GNSS) Instrument Approach
- 9. Missed Approach
- 10. Transition to Landing
- 11. Emergency Procedures
- Recommendation For Initial Flight Test
- Recommendation For Partial Flight Test
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.
The candidate will obtain and interpret aviation weather information for the route of flight assigned for the flight test.
Assessment will be based on the candidate’s ability to retrieve and interpret items such as:
- weather reports and forecasts (METAR/TAF);
- graphic area forecast (GFA);
- surface analysis chart;
- significant weather prognostic charts (SIGWX);
- winds and temperatures aloft (FD);
- icing, turbulence and freezing level charts;
- PIREPS; and
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.
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.
Assessment will be based on the candidate’s ability to:
- select an appropriate route, altitude and alternate;
- locate and apply information essential to the flight;
- utilize the information retrieved in 1.A. for the flight planning;
- describe the effects of meteorological conditions upon performance characteristics and correctly apply these factors to a specific chart, table, graph or other performance data;
- demonstrate acceptable knowledge of procedures and planning while applying operational factors affecting helicopter performance;
- 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;
- determine that the required performance for the planned flight is within the helicopter’s capability and operating limitations;
- make a competent “GO/NO-GO” decision based on available information for the planned flight; and
- complete a flight plan in a manner that reflects the conditions of the proposed flight.
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.
The candidate will complete all checks necessary for an IFR flight in accordance with published SOPs, owner’s checklists or the POH/RFM.
Assessment will be based upon the candidate’s ability to:
- determine that the helicopter is properly equipped and serviceable for instrument flight or simulated instrument flight;
- verify that publications and databases to be used are current;
- perform the pre-flight instrument, avionics and navigation equipment cockpit checks;
- take appropriate action with respect to unsatisfactory conditions identified; and
- complete checks applicable to anti-icing, de-icing, or ice warning systems.