Senior Private Pilot briefing[PDF]
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Requirements
- 3 Applying for the exam
- 4 Theoretical Senior Private Pilot Exam
- 5 Practical Senior Private Pilot Exam
- 6 Evaluation and marking method
- 7 Validation of the exam
- 8 See also
- 9 Reference
- 10 Author
This briefing is created to help candidates understand the purpose of this exam. This briefing is also applicable for training sessions.
- You shall have your Private Pilot rating (PP) since more than 60 days and
- You have at least 100 hours of logged time on IVAN as a Pilot (ATC hours are not taken into account)
Applying for the exam
The theoretical and practical exam can be requested by directly accessing your exam status page. The exam has two parts which shall be successfully validated in this order:
- Theoretical exam: complete successfully the SPP online test
- Practical exam: examiner will check your theoretical knowledge and your proficiency in basic IFR flight.
Once your exam has been registered, the examiner will contact you via your e-mail address given on your personal details page. Before requesting for the exam, check that this e-mail address is valid since it is the only way for the examiner to get in touch with you.
This manual is dedicated only for IVAO Network activities. This document must not be used in real aviation or in other networks
Theoretical Senior Private Pilot Exam
- Each question includes 3 to 5 proposed answers among which only one is correct.
- You have a maximum of 45 minutes to fill in the examination paper, and should you exceed this limit, the exam will be automatically recorded as failed (default failed score = 0/100).
- These MCQ exams are automatically corrected (each question will be marked 0 for a wrong answer or 5 for a right answer).
- The pass-mark for the exam is 75/100 (corresponding to at least 15 correct answers or a maximum of 5 false answers)
Practical Senior Private Pilot Exam
The training material is available on the IVAO website following these links below:
- Senior Private Pilot documentation
- Private Pilot documentation
- Pilot Student documentation
- Flight sim Handbook
(Especially the following chapters: flight controls, flight instruments and aircraft performance)
IVAO software, connection and communication modes
Your examiner should log on to the IVAO network using:
- His staff call sign and create a private channel on the TeamSpeak community server (cc.ts.ivao.aero)
- An active position on the IVAO network using _EXA_ suffix on position (example XXXX_EXA_APP)
Your examiner will check your ability to correctly use the main functions of the software, mainly:
- establish a text and/or voice communication with active ATC positions,
- retrieve and interpret the ATIS of a controller,
- use the different transponder modes,
- be able to transmit by text on the current ATC frequency and privately,
- retrieve a distant station ATIS, METAR and TAF
You will be assessed on your theoretical IFR knowledge as part of the exam.
- Aircraft knowledge and performance: basic weights, standard take-off parameters, usual operating cruise speed(s) and flight levels, approach/landing configurations and speeds,
- Chart reading : IFR charts (SID, STAR, IAP) interpretation
- IFR procedures: semi-circular rules, RVSM airspace, applicable flight minimum altitudes, precision approach minima
- Flight instruments and navigation equipment: aircraft flight instrument systems (altimeter, airspeed indicator, VSI, AI, HSI, heading indicator), altimeter settings, TAS and GS estimation, aircraft navigation systems (VOR, ADF, DME, ILS), transponders,
- Meteorology: METAR and TAF interpretation
Practical performance during the exam
- A light or medium (L/M) twin-engine piston, turbocharged or turboprop aircraft (such as a Baron 58, Beech King 200, Beech 1900 or similar) must be used for the flight test. Jet aircraft are not allowed for this exam.
- Basic IFR navigation (NAV) and communication (COM) equipment is needed to fulfil exam requirements (this includes at least 2 VOR, 1 ILS, 1 ADF and 1 DME). Make sure you choose an aircraft you know well and are comfortable with.
- You shall inform your examiner of the aircraft you will use for the exam beforehand.
- You shall choose between the general aviation operation regulations and the commercial aviation operation regulations for this exam. You shall inform your examiner about this choice.
- Use of the autopilot and GPS system are permitted on the exam. However, be aware that autopilot might not be able to fulfil required manoeuvres 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 (it is examiner’s choice) but you will have to plan the route yourself. As a general rule, you will be requested to fly between two airports at least 50 nm apart under instrument flight rules. The flight will include a standard instrument departure (SID) and arrival (STAR) and a precision approach.
- You will be expected to find the necessary IFR charts yourself (check your country’s AIS for online charts 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 determine which charts will be needed.
- 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.
- FS daytime is accepted.
- You should connect at your departure airfield after the examiner asked you to do so, using the following call sign: EXM#### where #### are the last 4 digits of the exam number or TRN#### where #### are the last 4 digits of the training number. Your radiotelephony call sign will be “Exam ####” for exam session or "Training ####" for training session. Your exam or training number can be found on the exam status page.
- The examiner may either be connected as an observer and “simulate” an active ATC position or he may 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.
- Unless you are disconnected from the network, we require you submit your flight plan only once on examiner's request while connected and starting the test flight. You should not change any item and/or resubmit your flight plan thereafter.
- IFR flight plan; we encourage you to carefully learn how to correctly fill a flight plan by referring to this document,
- IFR departure procedure (as published or prescribed by examiner),
- En route IFR navigation (accuracy of navigation based on radio navigation aids); during the flight, your examiner may ask you to make some exercises (turns to specified headings, climbs/descents to assigned altitude, crossing a defined fix at a specified altitude, intercepting and tracking some VOR radials),
- Standard IFR arrival procedure via a prescribed or published route,
- Hold over a VOR,
- ILS approach, including initial approach segment (as published or required by examiner),
- Missed approach,
- Phraseology (use of correct phraseology, prompt and accurate read back, proficiency in spoken English).
- Basic IFR theoretical knowledge
- Execution of the ILS approach
- Ability to intercept and track a VOR radial,
- Compliance with the clearances
- Phraseology, radio communications and English proficiency
Evaluation and marking method
Each score will reflect the exactness and range of your knowledge (for theoretical data) and your ability to accurately execute the exercises (and your performance for doing so).
The maximum score is 100 points. The pass mark is 75/100. In all cases, your examiner will give you the detailed results during the debriefing, so as you can identify your errors and correct them in case the exam is failed.
- Performing the exam with an inappropriate aircraft class or type
- Radio Communication proficiency failure
- English Communication proficiency failure
- Insufficient theoretical knowledge
- Poor theoretical knowledge
- No charts
- Connection on the runway
- Entering the runway without adequate clearance
- Taking off without clearance
- Landing without clearance
- Landing outside the runway
- 2 tasks marked “0”
- Use of pause mode in the simulator
- Flying inside a prohibited area (P)
- Inability to properly intercept and track a given VOR radial
- Performing an approach without any clearance
- Inability to properly execute IFR precision approach
- Descend below minimum altitude (MSA)
- Crash due to terrain collision
- Crash due to loss of control
- Crash due to aircraft overstress
- Examinee has extremely poor theoretical knowledge (score shall be at or below 10/100)
- Examinee violates against IVAO Rules and Regulations (score shall be 1/100 or 0/100 depending of examiner)
- Examinee does not turn up for the exam and a valid reason is not given within 48 hours. This will cause the exam to be considered as failed (score shall be 1/100 or 0/100 depending of examiner)
- In case you decide to stop the exam at any time after it has begun (score shall be 1/100 or 0/100 depending of examiner)
- In case of any provable cheating during a practical exam, regardless if during the theoretical or the practical part, the result will be 0/100 and a blocking of 6 months for exams will be appointed to the examinee.
Validation of the exam
The validator will verify the marking based on the comments and marking sheet of the examiner.
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