HQ Pilot Group Entry Examination

Exam Process

Our staff will check your account, to see, if you match with our pre-application requirements.

Then, you will recieved a meeting invitation for the interview by one of our HQ Pilots examiners performed in our HQ pilot group channel on on cc.ts.ivao.aero server.

He will ask you some questions about what you expect from this group … At the same time, he will check your English proficiency, your attitude and some of your reaction.

After the interview, you will proceed to the practical part. During the test, your ability to fly certain manoeuvres, departure and arrival procedures will be checked. The skills test is a series of tasks laid out to evaluate your VFR/IFR flying skills.

Practical Exam Process

The practical exam has 2 parts:

  • VFR flight between two closest airports
  • IFR flight between two airports – selected by examiner

The practical exam will be a simulation of a real exam, conducted by the HQ pilots on the network of IVAO. That means, you have to follow every instruction given by the ATC.

Like a real exam, be aware, that some instructions might be wrong. We expect from you a real pilot reaction like in a real situation. Do not tell the examinee that he gives false instructions.

Example1: (bad instruction but not safety related) The controller does not provide you with a valid transponder code. You notice the error made by the controller ATC. In this case, do not notify the controller until an examiner allows you to do so.

Example2: (bad instruction and safety related) The controller is instructing you to descent below the MSA, and for this situation it is a mistake. You shall tell him that you cannot follow instruction and you will remain at MSA as a real pilot will do when executing the given instruction. This will not save him from an automatic failure!

VFR exam

General requirements:

  • A light (L) single engine propeller aircraft (such as a Cessna 172, 182, Piper PA28, Mooney M20 or similar) must be used for the flight test. Basic NAV and COM equipment is enough to fulfill exam requirements. Make sure you choose an aircraft you know well and are comfortable with.
  • Use of the autopilot and GPS system are permitted on the exam. However, be aware that autopilot might not be able to fulfill required maneuvers exceeding the autopilot capabilities, resulting in exam failure. You are free to use the autopilot at your own risk.
  • Your examiner will advise you of the departure and destination airports prior to the exam but you will have to plan the route yourself. As a general rule, you will be requested to fly between two airports at least 20 nm apart under visual flight rules. In case the nearest airport is too far from the departing field, a local flight may be prescribed.
  • You will be expected to find the necessary VFR charts yourself (check your country’s AIS for online chart availability). If you have difficulties doing so, contact your examiner prior to the exam. In all cases, you may have to coordinate with the examiner so as to determinate which charts will be needed.
  • VMC conditions must exist for the flight to be performed. If necessary, the examiner will postpone or relocate the exam or even can accept simulated clear weather conditions. When starting the exam, you will have to decide if the current weather is acceptable for the intended VFR flight. FS daytime is accepted.
  • The examiner will usually be connected as an observer and will “simulate” an active ATC position although he may also connect as an active ATC or collaborate with another ATC in charge of the airspace where the exam takes place. In all cases, comply with all instructions normally.

Connection at the departing airport:

  • VFR flight plan; we encourage you to carefully learn how to correctly fill a flight plan unless you are disconnected during the exam, we request that you send your flight plan only once at the beginning of the flight and on request of the examiner.
  • Ground movements from gate/parking area to assigned runway,
  • Take off technique,
  • VFR departure,
  • En-route VFR navigation (accuracy of navigation based on visual references and radio navigation aids, if any); during the flight, your examiner may ask you to make some exercises (turns to specified headings, climbs/descents to assigned altitude, crosses a defined fix at a specified altitude, flies direct to a VOR and a NDB, makes a 360),
  • VFR arrival (entry points, pattern integration),
  • Traffic patterns,
  • Touch and go and/or go around ,
  • Full stop landing and taxi to apron/gate,
  • Phraseology (use of correct phraseology, prompt and accurate read back, minimum proficiency in spoken English).

IFR exam

General Requirements:

  • A medium (M) category twin-engine jet aircraft such as the Boeing 737, Airbus A320, Embraer E-Jet, Fokker 100 or similar must be used for the skills test. The aircraft must be equipped with required IFR NAV and COM equipment - this includes at least 2 VOR, 1 ILS, 1 ADF, 1 DME, 1 RMI and optionally a FMC and/or a GPS). Make sure you choose an aircraft you know well and are comfortable with. You will have to inform your examiner of the aircraft you will use for the exam beforehand.
  • Use of the autopilot, FMC and/or GPS is permitted during the exam. However be aware that autopilot and/or advanced navigation systems might not be able to fulfil some manoeuvres exceeding their capabilities.
  • Your examiner will advise you of the departure and destination airports prior to the exam. You will have to plan and check the route yourself. As a general rule, you will be requested to fly between two airports at least 100 nm apart under instrument flight rules. Usually, departing and arrival airports will be located in 2 distinct neighbouring countries. The flight will include a standard instrument departure (SID) and arrival (STAR), a precision approach, at least 2 non-precision approaches (VOR, NDB or localizer only), several holdings and a circle-to-land procedure.
  • Current departing/arrival weather conditions must be above applicable minima for the flight to take place. When starting the exam, you will have to decide if the current weather is acceptable for the intended IFR flight.
  • The examiner will usually be connected as an observer and will “simulate” an active ATC position although he may also connect as an active ATC or collaborate with another ATC in charge of the airspace where the exam takes place. In all cases, comply with all instructions normally.

IFR flight The test flight will mainly assess the following:

  • IFR flight plan; we encourage you to carefully learn how to correctly fill a flight plan, and to check its validity; unless you are disconnected during the exam, we request that you send your flight plan only once at the beginning of the flight and on request of the examiner,
  • IFR departure procedure (as published or prescribed by examiner),
  • En route IFR navigation (accuracy of navigation based on radio navigation aids); during the flight, your examiner may ask you to make some exercises (turns to specified headings, climbs/descents to assigned altitude, crossing a defined fix at a specified altitude, intercepting and tracking a navaid radial),
  • Standard IFR arrival procedure via a prescribed or published route, • Hold over a fix (using the adequate entry procedure),
  • ILS precision approach, including initial approach segment (as published, including any required procedure turn, racetrack inversion or DME arc or as required by examiner),
  • VOR, NDB or localizer only non-precision approach,
  • Missed approach,
  • Circling approach.

Examiner will ask you to simulate one or several emergencies: Also we offer you this list which indicates examples of possible emergencies:

  • Engine failure
  • Hydraulic failure
  • Slat/flap problem
  • While in the descend, speed brake can not be retracted
  • Navigation computer failure
  • Smoke detector went off
  • Cargo fire
  • APU fire
  • Cabin pressure problem
  • AP/AT failure

Notation and Result

VFR part of exam is 20%. Notation less than 85/100 implies an exam failure. If you fail the VFR part, you can’t apply the IFR part of exam, so global exam is FAILED.

IFR part of exam is 80%. Notation less than 85/100 implies an exam failure. If you fail the IFR part, your exam is FAILED, even you succeed the VFR part.

You can re-apply the HQ pilot exam after a minimum of 3 months of personal training.

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