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Pilot Ranking Summary & Certifications

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A pilot is certified to fly aircraft at one or more named privilege levels and, at each privilege level, rated to fly aircraft of specific categories. Privilege levels of pilot certificates are, in order of increasing privilege:

General Aviation (GA) Private Pilot

The private pilot certificate is the certificate held by the majority of active pilots. It allows command of any aircraft (subject to appropriate ratings) for any non-commercial purpose, and gives almost unlimited authority to fly under visual flight rules (VFR). Passengers may be carried and flight in furtherance of a business is permitted; however, a private pilot may not be compensated in any way for services as a pilot.

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General Aviation (GA) Commercial Pilot

A commercial pilot license (CPL), is a qualification that permits the holder to act as a pilot of an aircraft and be paid for his/her work. The basic requirements to obtain the license and the privileges it confers are agreed internationally by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). However the actual implementation varies quite widely from country to country. According to ICAO, to be eligible for a commercial pilot license, already hold a private pilot license, have received training in the areas of a commercial pilot.

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Airline Transport Pilot (ATP)

An airline transport pilot (commonly called an "ATP") is tested to the highest level of piloting ability. The certificate is a prerequisite for acting as a flight crew-member in scheduled airline operations. The minimum pilot experience is 1,500 hours of flight time (1200 for Helicopters), 500 hours of cross-country flight time, 100 hours of night flight time, and 75 hours instrument operations time (simulated or actual).

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1: General Aviation (GA) Student Pilot | 0 - 25 Hours

GA Student Pilot

Requirements

  • Must report all required flight hours through ACARS
  • Must complete 25 flight hours
  • Must complete CAXITC Basic Training before promotion

C172N

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C172N

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Eligible Aircraft

  • Cessna Skyhawk (C172)
  • Piper PA28 Cherokee Warrior (P28A)
  • Pilatus PC12 (PC12)
  • Cessna 208 Caravan (C208)
  • Eligible (BYO) Aircraft

    • Cessna 152 (C152)
    • Diamond Aircraft DA40 Diamond Star (DA40)
    • Piper PA-38 Tomahawk (PA38)
    • Beech / Beechcraft 33 Bonanza (BE33)
    • Cirrus Design SR20 (SR20)
    • Cessna 182 Skylane (C182)

2: General Aviation (GA) Private Pilot | 25 - 50 Hours

GA Private Pilot

Requirements

  • Must report all required flight hours through ACARS
  • Must complete 25 flight hours

PC12

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C208

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3: General Aviation (GA) Instrument Rated Pilot | 50 - 75 Hours

GA Instrument Pilot

Requirements

  • Must report all required flight hours through ACARS
  • Must complete 25 flight hours
  • Pilot can now apply for the next ranking by completing the Check Ride Alpha Exam (CKR-A)

BE20

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c560

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Eligible Aircraft (Plus all from previous rankings)

  • Beech / Beechcraft (Super) King Air 200(BE20)
  • Cessna 560 Citation V(C560)
  • Learjet 60 (LJ60)
  • Cessna 750 Citation X (C750)
  • Eligible (BYO) Aircraft

    • Beech / Beechcraft 58 Baron (BE58)
    • Epic E1000 (EPIC)
    • Cessna 206 Super Skywagon & Stationair (C206)
    • Bombardier BD-100 Challenger 300 (CL30)
    • BAE Aerospace Jetstream 32 (JS32)
    • Eclipse 500 (EA50)
    • Diamond Aircraft DA42 Twin Star (DA42)

4: General Aviation (GA) Commercial Pilot | 75 - 100 Hours

GA Commercial Pilot

Requirements

  • Must report all required flight hours through ACARS
  • Must complete 25 flight hours

LJ60

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DH8C

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5: Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) - First Officer | 100 - 150 Hours

First Officer

Requirements

  • Must report all required flight hours through ACARS
  • Must complete 50 flight hours
  • Pilot can now apply for the next ranking by completing the Check Ride Bravo Exam (CKR-B)
  • Bring Your Own (BYO) flights allowed

SF34

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CRJ2

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Eligible Aircraft (Plus all from previous rankings)

  • De Havilland Canada / Bombardier DHC-8 Dash 8 (DH8C)
  • Saab 340 (SF34)
  • Canadair / Bombardier CRJ200 (CRJ2)
  • Embraer 170 (E170)
  • Canadair / Bombardier CRJ700 (CRJ7)
  • McDonnell Douglas MD-90 (MD90)

6: Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) - Senior First Officer | 150 - 200 Hours

Senior First Officer

Requirements

  • Must report all required flight hours through ACARS
  • Must complete 50 flight hours
  • Bring Your Own (BYO) flights allowed

E170

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MD90

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7: Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) - Captain | 200 - 300 Hours

Captain

Requirements

  • Must report all required flight hours through ACARS
  • Must complete 100 flight hours
  • Pilot can now apply for the next ranking by completing the Check Ride Charlie Exam (CKR-C)
  • Bring Your Own (BYO) flights allowed

E190

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A320

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Eligible Aircraft (Plus all from previous rankings)

  • Embraer ERJ-190 (E190)
  • Airbus A320 (A320)
  • Boeing 737-800 (B738)
  • Boeing 757-200 (B752)
  • Boeing 787-800 (B788)
  • Airbus A330-200 (A332)

8: Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) - Flight Captain | 300 - 400 Hours

Flight Captain

Requirements

  • Must report all required flight hours through ACARS
  • Must complete 100 flight hours
  • Bring Your Own (BYO) flights allowed

B737

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A332

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9: Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) - Senior Captain | 400 - 500 Hours

Senior Captain

Requirements

  • Must report all required flight hours through ACARS
  • Must complete 100 flight hours
  • Pilot can now apply for the next ranking by completing the Check Ride Kilo Exam (CKR-K)
  • Bring Your Own (BYO) flights allowed

B788

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A343

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Eligible Aircraft (Plus all from previous rankings)

  • Boeing 767-300 (B763)
  • Airbus 340-300 (A343)
  • Boeing 777-200 (B722)
  • McDonnell Douglas MD-11 (MD11)
  • Boeing 747-400 (B744)
  • Airbus 380-842 (A388)

10: Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) - Commercial Captain

Commercial Captain

Requirements

  • Pilot has achieved the ultimate rank within California Airlines
  • No additional promotions
  • Must report all required flight hours through ACARS
  • Pilot must continue to meet monthly flight minimums

B744

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A388

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