Flight Instructor Helicopter PTS

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1 General Information

The flight standards division of Shergood Aviation as developed this test book to assist students, instructors and examiners in the conduct of practical tests for flight instructor helicopter in the Shergood system. Flight instructors should use the book to help prepare applicants for practical tests. Applicants should be familiar with the this book and refer to these standards during their training.

1.1 Prerequisites

Applicants for a Flight Instructor Helicopter rating in the Shergood system must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Must hold and ATP Helicopter rating in the Shergood system.
  2. Must have logged at least 40 hours of total flight time in a Shergood helicopter (with full realism enabled, and advanced weather enabled when available)
  3. Must have logged at least 3 hours of dual flight time in a Shergood helicopter in the previous 60 days
  4. Must have a recommendation from a helicopter flight instructor
  5. In the event this is a retest after a failure, has received remedial instruction from an instructor.

1.2 Special Emphasis Areas

Examiners shall place special emphasis upon certain areas of aircraft operation critical to flight safety. These shall include:

  1. Positive Aircraft Control
  2. Procedures for positive exchange of controls
  3. Collision avoidance
  4. Runway incursion avoidance
  5. Wire strike avoidance
  6. Risk management
  7. Checklist usage
  8. Adherence to all aircraft limitations

1.3 Aircraft and Equipment

The flight instructor applicant is required to provide an airworthy, certificated aircraft for use during this practical test. In addition the aircraft must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have fully functioning dual controls.
  2. Be capable of performing all areas of operation appropriate to the rating sought.
  3. Have all realism settings enabled.
  4. Shall be unmodified (Official Shergood Addons may be permitted at the Examiner's Discretion)
  5. Be capable of GPS and VOR instrument flight including full approach capabilities

1.4 Practical Test Procedures

The practical test shall consist of a knowledge portion and a flight portion. Generally the the test will begin with the knowledge potion and proceed to the flight portion only if the knowledge elements were satisfactory. Applicants shall be evaluated in ALL tasks listed for each area of operation.

1.5 Satisfactory Performance

Satisfactory performance is based on the applicants ability to safely:

  1. Perform each task in each area of operation within the approved standards.
  2. Demonstrate mastery of the aircraft with the successful outcome of each task never seriously in doubt.
  3. Demonstrate sound judgement and aeronautical decision making.
  4. Demonstrate single-pilot competence if the aircraft is certified for single-pilot operations.

1.6 Unsatisfactory Performance

The tolerances for each task represent the performance expected in good flying. If, in the judgement of the examiner, the applicant does not meet the standards of performance of any task performed, the area of operation is failed, and thus the practical test is failed.

The applicant or examiner may discontinue the test at any time once an area of operation has been failed. With the consent of the applicant, the test may be continue with the other areas of operation. The applicant will receive credit for all passed areas of operation. However, during the retest and at the discretion of the examiner, any task may be re-evaluated including those previously passed.

1.7 Discontinuance

When a practical test is discontinued for reasons other than unsatisfactory performance (e.g., RL interruption, equipment failure, weather, illness), then the examiner and applicant shall agree on a future time/place at which to continue the practical test. The applicant will receive credit for any tasks passed before the test was discontinued.

1.8 Privileges and Responsibilities

Holders of a flight instructor helicopter certificate are authorized to:

  • Give instruction for private pilot, commercial pilot, ATP and flight instructor ratings in the Shergood system.
  • Hold themselves out as offering flight instructor services for Shergood aircraft.

Holders of a flight instructor helicopter certificate shall promise to:

  • Apply good airmanship in all aspects of flying.
  • Fly with full realism settings in all cases.
  • Refrain from using cheats (other than qstart/stop cheats, and maintenance cheats). Maintenance cheats will be used only when on the ground with the engine shut down.
  • Act as good citizens and positive role-models in the SL aviation community.
  • Not carry passengers unless the pilot has made at least three takeoffs and three landings in the past 90 days.
  • Obey all aircraft limitations.
  • Not represent themselves as official representatives of Shergood Aviation unless specifically authorized.