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Flying Online

Background

This is a summary outline of the Online Guidelines applicable to all pilots at California Airlines. Online flying refers to flights made on the VATSIM, PilotEdge, or other similar online network.

The objectives of this guideline are to:

  • Maintain the high standards of the VATSIM / PilotEdge Online Network
  • Provide a positive reflection of California Airlines while participating in online flying
  • Evaluate prerequisites and requirements to encourage greater pilot participation

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Guideline

Only pilots who are Cal Air Online Certified may fly online with a CAX callsign and acquire flight hours for California Airlines. Certification is granted only when the pilot has passed Check Ride Golf.

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Prerequisites to Apply for Check Ride GOLF:

  • Rank of GA Instrument Rated Pilot or above
  • ZLA Check Rides V1, V2, and V3 or CAT Ratings 1-6.
  • Make one mentored online flight (Pre-Check)
  • Recommendation of Cal Air Online Mentor

Only Online Certified pilots may submit an XACARS Pilot Report (PIREP) for any flight made online. Any online flight PIREP submitted by a non-certified pilot, regardless of what call sign was used, will be rejected and the Base Pilot Supervisor may take other action.

Description of Check Ride GOLF

Check Ride GOLF will consist of a 30-minute flight in the aircraft of the pilot's choosing. The Online Certification Director will join the applicant on Discord and will select an appropriate departure and destination airport.

Verbal ATC communications is prefered; however pilots may choose to perform the check ride as "Text Only". The PASS/FAIL criteria of Check Ride GOLF will be based primarily on effective ATC communications.

After you have passed Check Ride GOLF and have your CAX call sign, you may fly online for California Airlines and submit a PIREP for flight hours.

  • The flight must be flown with your CAX call sign
  • A flight path must be submitted
  • An XACARS PIREP must be submitted
  • The entire flight must be flown online and attended
  • You must adhere to the rules of the online network

How to Fly Online Before Being Certified (The 3 Exceptions)

A pilot not yet Online Certified may log on to VATSIM and submit and XACARS PIREP for Cal Air flight hours only under the following:

  • While flying a CAXBTC or CAXATC Training Flight
  • While flying a ZLA or CAT Rating Certification Flight
  • While flying simultaneously with a Cal Air Online Mentor

In all of the above 3 exceptions, the pilot must login to the online network with the NCXxxx callsign.

Only Online Certified pilots may submit an XACARS Pilot Report (PIREP) for any flight made online. Any online flight PIREP submitted by a non-certified pilot, regardless of what call sign was used, will be rejected and the Base Pilot Supervisor may take other action.

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