CRI skill test flight log

Class Rating Instructor Course and Skill Test

I passed the CRI (Class Rating Instructor) skill test today. Read on to find out what that entitles me to do, and what was involved in gaining the rating. What is a Class Rating Instructor and what can they do? The CRI is a European (EASA) qualification that is fairly easy for a PPL to achieve, yet gives quite wide ranging privileges. You need 300 hours total time including 30 hours on

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IR Revalidation

The Rules European private aviation requires lots of ongoing tests and checks to ensure pilots continue to be fit and capable of the tasks they are licenced for. All IR pilots must undergo an annual revalidation or lose their privileges. If you don’t do this before the year passes (specifically one year after the end of the month of the date you passed your initial IR skill test), then you

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Learning a new aircraft – PS28 Cruiser

The Bristol Aero Club (based at Kemble EGBP) has both a couple of older PA28s and a couple of brand new two-seater PS28 Cruisers in their fleet. The UK distributor effectively lets club pilots solo hire the PS28s and there is plenty of availability. Differences training is required first. I decided to give this a go after flying as a passenger during one leg of a club flyout. The aircraft

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Extreme crosswind practice in Dallas

Dallas Executive Airport – Great place to fly from Another business trip found me in Dallas in December again, and I found time to visit Slipstream Aviation at Dallas Executive Airport for the third time. The airport facilities continue to amaze me, full IFR towered 7am-9pm with four runways, ILS/RNAV approaches, diner, FBO and plenty of hangarage – yet usage is at such low levels that you practically have the

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EASA Instrument Rating – Practical Training at Gloucester

Background A full Instrument Rating allows pilots to fly in cloud (Instrument Conditions) anywhere worldwide, fly instrument approaches to minima and fly in Airways with an IFR flight plan. There is also the useful IMC rating (now IR(R)), a unique UK rating which allows flight in IMC but not outside the UK and excludes Class A and airways. Although an IR(R) holder, now that I had access to an aircraft

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IMC revalidation

IMC Revalidation I suppose it should be called an IR(R) revalidation – the new name for an IMC – but I still can’t quite get used to the term. My IMC rating (Instrument Meteorological Conditions) permits me to fly in cloud in UK airspace including conducting instrument approaches, but not fly in Airways or Class A airspace. This rating has been retained under the EASA scheme for those who already

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TB20 Parked

TB20 difference training

Mandatory 5 hours differences training Having just bought into a share of a Socata Trinidad TB20, the next step was to complete 5 hours of dual instruction. This is a requirement of the insurance policy before any of the pilot owners is allowed to fly solo – even for those with >1000 hours and full Instrument Rating. But it’s also a very sensible approach – this is quite a powerful

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PPL IR Theory Exams

Yippee! Passed the (laborious) IR Theory Exams Today I received a big white envelope from the CAA with the results of my last set of IR Theory exams. I’ve now passed the lot (all 7) and am qualified through to the next stage, ready to start the IR practical flight training which must be completed within 36 months (or I have to resit them all again). The Instrument Rating is

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Shooting it up in Texas

Shooting some practice instrument approaches at Dallas Executive Airport, Texas My last flight of this business trip was intended to take full advantage of the wide availability of instrument approaches, including plenty of GPS approved ones. There’s never any charge for making an instrument approach in the US, and rarely any landing fees. So once again, I found myself at Dallas Executive airport in the good hands of Slipstream aviation,

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