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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 Private Pilot, a 100% pass rate is required by pilots to be promoted to the rank of Cargo 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 Instrument Rated Pilot, a 100% pass rate is required by pilots to be promoted to the rank of Captain 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 Commercial Pilot, a 100% pass rate is required by pilots to be promoted to the rank of Commercial Captain along with any required flight hours.

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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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Golden Bear (GB) Certification (DELTA, ECHO, FOXTROT, HOTEL, PAPA, QUEBEC)

The Golden Bear Service is the elite service of California Airlines and only qualified pilots can fly these routes. A California Airlines pilot must first obtain the rank of Flight Captain and must be instrument certified before applying for Golden Bear certification. There are ten levels of certification within the Golden Bear Service. With each certification level, a Golden Bear pilot become qualified to fly a specific aircraft and its associated routes. The first Golden Bear certification is DELTA, this is the Golden Bear entry certification.

Please refer to the Golden Bear Guidelines for more information.

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Golden Bear (GB) Concorde SST Certification (JULIET)

Check ride JULIET is the ultimate in the Golden Bear Checkride series. The Concorde is a delicate aircraft to fly. The center of gravity (CG) must be carefully balanced during all portions of the flight using the forward and aft tanks. A POH and CG graph are included for proper CG locations during specific portions of the flight (the graph is provided from a real Concorde pilot). The California Airlines Concorde must be flown with the same numbers as the real Concorde (CG, airspeeds, vertical speeds, etc.). No other X-Plane Concorde is flow with such precision and realism. A pilot must first pass the Concorde certification check ride in order to qualify to fly this supersonic bird.

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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 Airline Transport Pilot, a 100% pass rate is required by pilots to be promoted to the rank of Certified Commercial Senior 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 Cargo Pilot Part of GA Commercial Pilot Prerequisites
placeholder BRAVO Captain Part of Senior First Officer Prerequisites
placeholder CHARLIE Commercial Captain Part of Senior Captain Prerequisites
placeholder DELTA Golden Bear Entry Certification Part of Flight Captain Prerequisites
placeholder ECHO Golden Bear Trainee Level - A321 Part of Senior Captain Prerequisites + Check Ride DELTA
placeholder FOXTROT Golden Bear Trainee Level - B757 Part of Commercial Captain Prerequisites + Pilot must have completed all A321 Certifications
placeholder GOLF VATSIM Online Certification Rank of GA Instrument Rated Pilot or above + ZLA V1-V3 or CAT Ratings 1-6.
placeholder HOTEL Golden Bear Trainee Level - B747 Part of Commercial Flight Captain Prerequisites + Pilot must have completed all Golden Bear B757 Certifications
placeholder JULIET Concorde Certification Part of Commercial Senior Captain Prerequisites + Pilot must have completed all Golden Bear B744 Certifications
placeholder KILO Certified Commercial Senior Captain Part of Commercial Senior Captain Prerequisites + Golden Bear Concorde Certification

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placeholder PAPA Golden Bear Senior Level - A321 Part of Senior Captain Prerequisites + Check Ride ECHO
placeholder PAPA Golden Bear Senior Level - B757 Part of Commercial Captain Prerequisites + Check Ride FOXTROT
placeholder PAPA Golden Bear Senior Level - B747 Part of Commercial Flight Captain Prerequisites + Check Ride HOTEL
placeholder QUEBEC Golden Bear Specialist Level - A321 Part of Senior Captain Prerequisites + Check Ride PAPA - A321
placeholder QUEBEC Golden Bear Specialist Level - B757 Part of Commercial Captain Prerequisites + Check Ride PAPA - B757
placeholder QUEBEC Golden Bear Specialist Level - B747 Part of Commercial Flight Captain Prerequisites + Check Ride PAPA - B747