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California Airlines offers a variety of certification levels. Each certification level was designed to test the pilot's ability to navigate their aircraft successfully in a variety of environmental conditions. In order to become certified at a specific level, a pilot must log a specific number of flight hours, and in most cases, the pilot must also pass a check ride specific to the certification level. Each check ride tests various aspects of instrument flying beginning with the basics, VOR navigation and ILS approaches. As new levels of certification are reached, the check rides become more challenging such as being able to land during thunderstorms with winds gusting up to 25 knots, as well as being able to land the aircraft with only the use of NDB and DME with virtually no visibility. All of our check rides make use of real life navigational airways, SIDs, STARs, and approach plates.

Upon successful completion of each check ride, a pin reflecting the pilot's accomplishment is placed on the pilot's ID Card.

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Check Ride (ALPHA)

Check Ride Alpha (CKR-A) tests the pilots knowledge on General Operating, Radio Communication, Equipment, Instrument, Weather and Flight Rules as a GA Instrument Rated Pilot, a 100% pass rate is required by pilots to be promoted to the rank of GA Commercial Pilot along with any required flight hours.

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Check Ride (BRAVO)

Check Ride Bravo (CKR-B) tests the pilots knowledge on General Operating, Radio Communications, Equipment, Instrument, Weather and Flight Rules as a First Officer, a 100% pass rate is required by pilots to be promoted to the rank of Senior First Officer along with any required flight hours.

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Check Ride (CHARLIE)

Check Ride Charlie (CKR-C) tests the pilots knowledge on General Operating, Radio Communications, Equipment, Instrument, Weather and Flight Rules as a Captain, a 100% pass rate is required by pilots to be promoted to the rank of Flight Captain along with any required flight hours.

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PilotEdge / VATSIM Online Certification (GOLF)

Before you are permitted to fly online with a California Airlines (CAX) callsign, you must first demonstrate your skills to our Online Certification Director. A short flight is undertaken using Active Air Traffic Control (ATC) using Verbal Radio Communication.

Please refer to the Online Flying Guidelines for more information.

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Check Ride (KILO)

Check Ride Kilo (CKR-K) tests the pilots knowledge on General Operating, Radio Communications, Equipment, Instrument, Weather and Flight Rules as a Senior Captain, a 100% pass rate is required by pilots to be promoted to the rank of Commercial Captain along with any required flight hours.

Applying For A Check Ride

Applying for a certification is easy. Checkrides will now use the currently logged in pilot to determine what check rides they are eligible for. The criteria is a combination of pilot hours, current rank, and past checkrides completed. Once the system determines what check rides the pilot is eligible for, they become visible on the Pilot's profile, If a pilot visits their own profile, clicks on Check Rides, an "Apply" link appears beside any eligible checkrides, after clicking on "Apply" an email will be sent to the appropriate checkride administrator

Note: You may only apply for one (1) check ride at a time.

 

Pin Check Ride Certification Prerequisites
placeholder ALPHA GA Commercial Pilot Part of GA Instrument Rated Pilot Prerequisites
placeholder BRAVO Senior First Officer Part of First Officer Prerequisites
placeholder CHARLIE Flight Captain Part of Captain Prerequisites
placeholder GOLF VATSIM Online Certification Rank of GA Instrument Rated Pilot or above + Vatsim P1-P5 or PilotEdge CAT Ratings 1-8.
placeholder KILO Commercial Captain Part of Senior Captain Prerequisites