HQ Pilot Group Entry Examination Procedure[PDF]

Introduction

This document will describe the entry examination procedure of the HQ pilot Group.

At first, you shall fulfill the HQ Pilot Group application requirements. They are Mandatory.

When the application is approved by our staff, the procedure contains several steps:

  1. Interview with one of our HQ Pilots examiners
  2. Practical flight part 1 : VFR flight
  3. Practical flight part 2 : IFR flight
  4. Debriefing and test result


Interview

You will received a meeting invitation for the interview by one of our HQ Pilots examiners performed in our HQ pilot group channel on on cc.ts.ivao.aero server.

Our HQ Pilot Group examiner will ask you some questions about some subjects. some subject examples are listed below:

  • what you expect from this group
  • your English proficiency
  • your reaction and answers towards the asked questions
  • your knowledge of IVAO network
  • Theoretical knowledge (SPP level at the minimum)


After the interview, you will proceed to the practical flight part (except if you have been notified that this part is not necessary to approve your application).

Practical Exam Process

During the test, your ability to fly certain manoeuvres, departure and arrival procedures will be checked.
The skills to be demonstrated are the required tasks laid out to evaluate your VFR/IFR flying skills.
Rule: You shall have to inform your examiner of the aircraft you will use for the exam beforehand.
The practical exam will be a similar than a VFR and IFR IVAO exam, conducted by the HQ pilots on the network of IVAO.
Rule: During this exam, it is required to follow ATC instruction and it is expected you to react as a professional pilot.


For example:

  • Accept direct for regulation purpose like real traffic
  • Follow Radar vectoring even if you want to follow the procedure like the real traffic
  • Do not follow wrong ATC clearance with safety impacts
  • Capable to simulate several emergencies like the real ones
  • Respect minimum safety altitudes on procedure and outside procedures

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The practical flight exam has 2 parts:

  • Part 1 = VFR flight between two closest airports – selected by examiner
  • Part 2 = IFR flight between two airports – selected by examiner



Part 1 : VFR EXAM

The General requirements are:
  • A light (L) single engine propeller aircraft (such as a Cessna 172, 182, Piper PA28, Mooney M20 or similar) must be used for the flight test.
  • Your aircraft shall have Basic NAV and COM equipment expected for a controlled VFR flight. You shall have at least one VOR receiver. Make sure you choose an aircraft you know well and are comfortable with.
  • Use of the autopilot and GPS system are permitted on the exam. However, be aware that autopilot might not be able to fulfill required maneuvers exceeding the autopilot capabilities, resulting in exam failure. You are free to use the autopilot at your own risk.
  • Your examiner will advise you of the departure and destination airports prior to the exam but you will have to plan the route yourself. As a general rule, you will be requested to fly between two airports at least 20 nm apart under visual flight rules. In case the nearest airport is too far from the departing field, a local flight may be prescribed.
  • You will be expected to find the necessary VFR charts yourself (check your country’s AIS for online chart availability). If you have difficulties doing so, contact your examiner prior to the exam. In all cases, you may have to coordinate with the examiner so as to determinate which charts will be needed.
  • VMC conditions shall be checked for the flight to be performed. If necessary, the examiner will postpone or relocate the exam or even can accept simulated clear weather conditions. When starting the exam, you will have to decide if the current weather is acceptable for the intended VFR flight. FS daytime is accepted.
  • The examiner will usually be connected as an observer and will “simulate” an active ATC position although he may also connect as an active ATC or collaborate with another ATC in charge of the airspace where the exam takes place. In all cases, comply with all instructions normally.


Task list to be performed from departing airport:
  • VFR flight plan shall be filled by yourself without any other human help. we encourage you to carefully learn how to correctly fill a flight plan unless you are disconnected during the exam, we request that you send your flight plan only once at the beginning of the flight.
  • Ground movements from gate/parking area to assigned runway
  • Take off technique
  • VFR departure and climb
  • En-route VFR navigation (accuracy of navigation based on visual references and/or any radio navigation aids)
  • Requested exercises asked by examiner
    • turns to specified headings
    • climbs/descents to assigned altitude
    • crosses a defined fix at a specified altitude
    • flies direct to a VOR and a NDB
    • makes a 360)
  • VFR arrival including entry points, pattern integration knowledge
  • Traffic patterns
  • Touch and go, low pass and/or go around operation
  • Full stop landing and taxi to apron/gate
  • Phraseology (use of correct phraseology, prompt and accurate read back, minimum proficiency in spoken English).
RULE: If you fail the VFR part, the exam is stopped. the IFR part of exam will not be done,

Part 2: IFR EXAM

General Requirements are:
  • A medium (M) category twin-engine jet aircraft such as the Boeing 737, Airbus A320, Embraer E-Jet, Fokker 100 or similar must be used for the skills test.
  • The aircraft must be equipped with required NAV and COM equipment for any IFR flights. It shall also includes at least the capability to receive 2 VOR, 1 ILS, 1 ADF, 1 DME, and have 1 RMI and optionally a FMC and/or a GPS). Make sure you choose an aircraft you know well and are comfortable with.
  • Use of the autopilot, FMC and/or GPS is permitted during the exam. However be aware that autopilot and/or advanced navigation systems might not be able to fulfill some manoeuvres exceeding their capabilities.
  • Your examiner will advise you of the departure and destination airports prior to the exam. As a general rule, you will be requested to fly between two airports at least 100 nm apart under instrument flight rules (IFR). Usually, departing and arrival airports will be located in 2 distinct neighboring countries.
  • Current departing/arrival weather conditions must be above applicable minima for the flight to take place. When starting the exam, you will have to decide if the current weather is acceptable for the intended IFR flight.
  • The examiner can connect the network as different ways:
    • Connected as an observer and collaborate with another ATC in charge of the airspace where the exam takes place
    • Connected as an observer and “simulate” an active ATC position or let your flight proceed in UNICOM with auto-information
    • Connected as examiner and “simulate” an active ATC position
    • Connected as an active ATC


Task list to be performed from departing airport:
  • IFR flight plan shall be filled by yourself without any other human help. We encourage you to carefully learn how to correctly fill a flight plan, and to check its validity; unless you are disconnected during the exam, we request that you send your flight plan only once at the beginning of the flight
  • IFR departure procedure (as published (SID) or prescribed by examiner (omnidirectional departure)
  • En route IFR navigation (accuracy of navigation based on radio navigation aids);
  • Exercises requested by examiner:
    • turns to specified headings
    • climbs/descents to assigned altitude
    • crossing a defined fix at a specified altitude
    • intercepting and tracking a navaid radial or tracks
  • Standard IFR arrival procedure via a prescribed (omnidirectionnal arrival) or published route (STAR)
  • Several holdings (using the adequate entry procedure) published or not.
  • Several approach procedure which includes:
    • a precision approach
    • at least 2 non-precision approaches (VOR, NDB or localizer only ...)
    • circle-to-land, circling procedure or visual with prescribed tracks procedure
    • Missed approach, go-around automatic procedure
  • Full stop landing and taxi to apron/gate
  • Emergency simulations requested by examiner (see below)


examples of possible emergencies:

  • Engine failure Hydraulic failure
  • Slat/flap problem
  • While in the descend, speed brake can not be retracted
  • Navigation computer failure
  • Smoke detector went off
  • Cargo fire
  • APU fire
  • Cabin pressure problem
  • AP/AT failure

Debriefing, Notation and Result

You will be invited to debrief your flight with the examiner when required.

Notation follows the rules below:
  • VFR part of exam is 20%.
  • IFR part of exam is 80%.
  • If you fail the VFR part, the exam is stopped. the IFR part of exam will not be done. The exam result is FAILED.
  • If you fail the IFR part, the exam result is FAILED.
  • The Requested score is 85/100


You can re-apply the HQ pilot exam after a minimum of 3 months of personal training.

See also

Reference

  • None

Author

  • HQ Pilot Managers
  • VID 150259- Wiki integration

DATE OF SUBMISSION

  • 22:30, 5 February 2020

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DISCLAIMER

  • The content of this documentation is intended for aviation simulation only and must not be used for real aviation operations.