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Flight Examiner Rating Course
CASA has redeveloped its training course for people who want to gain a flight examiner rating or flight examiner endorsement. The new course—referred to as the CASA Flight Examiner Rating Course (FERC)—transitions the authorised testing officer (ATO) and CASR 61.040 approval holder training to competency based training principles and compliance with the CASR Part 61 Manual of Standards.
The FERC will provide training and assessment for the flight examiner rating endorsements (both aeroplane and helicopter categories) listed below:
- private pilot licence flight test endorsement (category specific)
- commercial pilot licence flight test endorsement (category specific)
- air transport pilot licence flight test endorsement (category specific)
- multi-engine class rating flight test endorsement
- type rating flight test endorsement (type specific)
- instrument rating flight test endorsement (category specific)
- night visual flight rules (VFR) rating flight test endorsement (category specific)
- night vision imaging system rating flight test endorsement
- low-level rating flight test endorsement (category specific)
- aerial application rating flight test endorsement (category specific)
- flight instructor rating flight test endorsement (category specific).
The course will comprise the following five phases*:
* not all flight examiner applicants are required to complete all five phases.
1. eLearning modules
Applicants who have not held an examiner rating previously are required to successfully complete all six modules.
Applicants who already hold a flight examiner rating are required to successfully complete modules four, five and six.
Module 1 – Legal and administration
- Legislative structure
- Part 61 Flight Crew Licensing
- Part 61 Manual of Standards
- Flight Examiner Handbook
- Flight Crew Licensing Manual.
This module helps flight examiner applicants understand the privileges, limitations and obligations of the flight examiner rating.
On completion of this module, applicants will be able to explain the authority given by the rating and endorsements and the flight test and proficiency check requirements.
Module 2 – Understanding assessment
- Definitions and principles of assessment
- Understanding the role of evidence
- Types of methods
- Factors affecting assessment
- Effective questioning
- Planning, conducting and complete assessments.
This module focuses on what a flight examiner needs to know to construct a well-designed and effective assessment.
On completion of this module, applicants will be able to apply the basic principles and methods of assessment.
Module 3 – Assessing human factors and non-technical skills
- Human factors and non-technical skills considerations and the assessment of airmanship
- Assessing human factors and non-technical skills
- Threat and error management
- Multi-crew operations
- Poor non-technical skills.
This module helps participants understand and incorporate human factors (HF) and non-technical skills (NTS) into their flight test or proficiency check. It will also give them guidance for assessing HF and NTS.
On completion of this module, participants will be competent in the assessment of HF and NTS.
Module 4 – Core principles: planning
- Examiner requirements
- Components of planning a flight test, including:
- knowledge requirements
- practical flying standards
- post-flight administration.
This module is the first of three that explores the practical aspects of the flight test. This module covers what is involved in planning a flight test or proficiency check,
On completion of this module, applicants will understand the legal obligations for conducting a flight test or proficiency check and will be able to describe the sequence of events of a flight test or proficiency check.
Module 5 – Core Principles: Conduct
- Using the flight test management system
- Preparing the applicant
- Pre-flight and post-flight briefings and activities
- Administrative requirements.
This module expands on the flight test or proficiency check process covered in Module 4 – looking at each of the planning considerations from a conducting perspective.
On completion of this module, applicants will understand how to complete the flight test notification and conduct a flight test or proficiency check.
Module 6 – Core Principles: Complete
- Review of legislation
- Debriefing interviews
- Making entries and adding qualifications to the Part 61 licence
- Updating the flight test management system.
In the final module, the focus is on what needs to happen to complete the flight test or proficiency check. This includes administrative aspects as well as who to brief and when.
On completion of this module, applicants will understand how to advise and debrief a flight test applicant and a CAR 217 or Part 141/142 flying training organisation.
2. Classroom workshop
Only applicants seeking one the following endorsements need to undertake the workshop:
- Private pilot licence flight test endorsement (category specific)
- Commercial pilot licence flight test endorsement (category specific)
- Instrument rating flight test endorsement (category specific
- Flight instructor rating flight test endorsement (category specific).
The workshop is a one-day face-to-face classroom style session conducted by CASA. It involves group work and individual activities with facilitated discussion and case studies.
Applicants will be required to use their workbook to present flight testing scenarios relevant to their flight test endorsement(s) and location.
3. Industry mentoring
Mentoring forms the on-the-job training component of the FERC and comprises observation and practice. It is undertaken under the guidance of an approved industry mentor.
To be an industry mentor the flight examiner nominated by you must be approved by CASA. Your nominee must hold the same flight examiner endorsement you seek, and have significant experience in conducting those flight tests.
An interview is required for the grant of the flight examiner rating (the initial examiner qualification) and not for subsequent flight examiner endorsements.
The Interview will be conducted by CASA on an individual basis to ensure that the applicant has the necessary skills and experience. The interview is normally conducted on the day of the flight test as part of the ground component and will take into account reports generated throughout the eLearning modules.
5. Flight Test
All applicants must complete a flight test as set out in Schedule 5 of the Part 61 Manual of Standards. The flight test will be conducted by a CASA flight test examiner at a time and place agreed with the flight test applicant.
The flight test may be the observation of a 'real' flight test or proficiency check or a flight test that is simulated by CASA.
How to enrol
Applicants can enrol in the FERC if they are one of the following:
- a flight examiner wishing to obtain additional endorsements
- a new applicant wishing to achieve a Part 61 Flight Examiner rating for the first time.
Once enrolled, flight examiner applicants can access the FERC via AviationWorx.
Classroom workshop timetable
Classroom workshops will be held at CASA regional offices in various locations. Note: maximum numbers will apply to each workshop.
Applicants will receive confirmation of enrolment in a classroom workshop once they have submitted their workbook at the completion of eLearning Module 6 and it has been assessed by a CASA flight training examiner.
Enrolment for a classroom workshop—via AviationWorx—must be received by CASA 21 calendar days prior to the date of the workshop. The ability to enrol will only become available in AviationWorx once you have completed all eLearning modules. Enrolments will be processed as they are received, and some applicants may not be assigned their preferred date. If this occurs, you will be offered the next available workshop.
|CASA office*||Course date*||Enrolments close||Latest date to complete and submit Module 6|
|Sydney||28 August 2019||7 August 2019||28 July 2019|
|Brisbane||30 October 2019||9 October 2019||30 September 2019|
|Perth||18 December 2019||27 November 2019||18 November 2019|
|Melbourne||26 February 2020||5 February 2020||26 January 2020|
|Brisbane||29 April 2020||8 April 2020||29 March 2020|
|Sydney||24 June 2020||3 June 2020||24 May 2020|
|Adelaide||26 August 2020||5 August 2020||26 July 2020|
|Perth||28 October 2020||7 October 2020||28 September 2020|
|Melbourne||16 December 2020||25 November 2020||16 November 2020|
*Course dates and locations may change–based on course numbers and CASA requirements. Registered applicants will be notified of any change.