Training Standards
Last Updated: January 30, 2005

The Altair training program is continually being revised. Lesson series include Basic and Visual Flight, designed for the new Altair pilot, and Instrument Flight, designed with the First Officer candidate in mind. All new Altair pilots are assigned to the Altair Flight Academy with a rank of Trainee. Completion of a VFR checkride is required to graduate and before assignment to an Altair commercial operations hub is possible. Trainees must pass an IFR Written Exam before flying online with VATSIM. First Officer candidates, in addition to the IFR Written Exam, must pass an IFR checkride.

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Rank/Status Hours Written Checkride Related Training Material
First Officer
Assigned to hub for duty
None None VFR Basic and visual flying
First Officer
Online flight permitted
None Instrument None Instrument flight
Senior First Officer 50 None Senior First Officer Instrument flight
Captain 200 None Captain Advanced IFR
Command Captain 500 Commericial Command Captain None
Senior Command Captain 1000 None Senior Command Captain None

Standards of Performance-

VFR Checkride
Maintains positive control of the aircraft at all times.
Correctly tunes and sets all comm amd nav radios.
Lifts off at the recommended airspeed and accelerates to Vy.
Maintains takeoff power and Vy +10/-5 knots to a safe maneuvering altitude (400 feet AGL).
If flaps used on takeoff, retracted between 200-500 feet AGL.
Establishes a pitch attitude that will maintain Vy within +10 knots/-5 knots.
Levels off at the assigned altitude and maintains that altitude +200 feet/-200 feet.
Demonstrates proper procedures navigating "direct to" a VOR.
Intercepts and tracks a given course, radial or bearing, as appropriate, allowing no more than three-quarter-scale deflection of the CDI.
Transitions to the descent pitch attitude and power setting on an assigned heading.
Levels off at traffic pattern altitude, and maintains that altitude, within 100 feet and maintain airspeed with 10 knots.
Complies with proper traffic pattern procedures.
Maintains a stabilized approach and recommended airspeed, or in its absence, not more than 1.3 Vso, +20/-5 knots. Touches down smoothly at stalling speed.

Senior First Officer Checkride
Maintains positive control of the aircraft at all times.
Correctly tunes and sets all comm and nav radios.
Intercepts and tracks a given course, radial or bearing, as charted in the instrument procedures, allowing no more than three-quarter-scale deflection of the CDI.
Levels off and maintains assigned altitudes +100 feet/-100 feet.
Complies with all published altitude restrictions (charted minimum altitudes +100 feet/-0 feet).
Demonstrates the ability to fly a full instrument approach procedure, a departure procedure and a standard terminal arrival procedure.
Allows no more than three-quarter scale deflection on the localizer or glideslope indications while intercepting and tracking the ILS.

Captain Checkride
Maintains positive control of the aircraft at all times.
Correctly tunes and sets all comm and nav radios.
Intercepts and tracks a given course, radial or bearing, as charted, allowing no more than half-scale deflection of the CDI.
Levels off and maintains assigned altitudes +100 feet/-100 feet.
Complies with all published altitude restrictions (charted minimum altitudes +100 feet/-0 feet).
Demonstrates the ability to fly a full instrument approach procedure.
Uses proper technique for entering a hold.
Flys hold as directed, maintaining inbound leg length +/- 15 seconds and allowing no more than half-scale deflection of the CDI and proper airspeed.
Maintains headings +/- 5 degrees.
Maintains airspeeds +/- 10 knots indicated.
Allows no more than half-scale deflection on the localizer or glideslope indications while intercepting and tracking the localizer.

Command Captain Checkride
Maintains positive control of the aircraft at all times.
Correctly tunes and sets all comm and nav radios.
Intercepts and tracks a given course, radial or bearing, as charted, allowing no more than half-scale deflection of the CDI.
Levels off and maintains assigned altitudes +100 feet/-100 feet.
Complies with all published altitude restrictions (charted minimum altitudes +100 feet/-0 feet).
Demonstrates the ability to fly a full instrument approach procedure.
Uses proper technique for flying a procedure turn.
Uses proper technique for a circling approach, observing circling minimums for the appropriate aircraft category.
Maintains headings +/- 5 degrees.
Maintains airspeeds +/- 10 knots indicated.
Allows no more than half-scale deflection on the localizer or glideslope indications while intercepting and tracking the localizer.

Senior Command Captain Checkride
Maintains positive control of the aircraft at all times.
Correctly tunes and sets all comm and nav radios.
Intercepts and tracks a given course, radial or bearing, as charted, allowing no more than half-scale deflection of the CDI.
Levels off and maintains assigned altitudes +100 feet/-100 feet.
Complies with all published altitude restrictions (minimum altitudes +100 feet/-0 feet; maximums +0 feet/-100 feet).
Demonstrates the ability to fly a full instrument approach procedure.
Uses proper technique for entering a hold.
Flys hold as published, maintaining inbound leg length +/- 15 seconds and allowing no more than half-scale deflection of the CDI and proper airspeed.
Maintains headings +/- 5 degrees.
Maintains airspeeds +/- 10 knots indicated.
Lands the aircraft within 50 feet left or right of the runway centerline and within the first one-third of the runway length.


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