Use Your Aircraft
Obviously this has the benefit that you are familiar with its characteristics.
It must fulfil a few non-negotiable requirements if it to be used for a test.
- It must be legal for IFR in UK airspace. This implies an ADF, DME, VOR, an approved GPS with a current database, 8.33kHz radio and Mode S transponder.
- Dual brakes.
- The flight manual and its supplements must be up to date, any IFR restrictions in the manual complied with
- If non-EASA registered (e.g. N reg) it may need a permit for flight training.
- It must be insured for flight training and the skill test
- The last maintenance must have been signed off by a licensed engineer (i.e. no pilot maintenance for the previous 50 hour check)
Strongly recommended aspects:
- An RMI rather than a fixed card presentation for the ADF.
- An autopilot which works in both altitude hold and heading modes.
- Low gear and flap limiting speeds.
There is no longer any requirement to fit screens; a simple hood or foggles will suffice for both training and the skill test.