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Pilot Ranking Summary

California Airlines has been established as, and continues to be, an X-Plane based flight simulator Virtual Airline that promotes a realistic flight simulation experience. As such, we strive to achieve these goals by being innovative and flexible in order to provide our pilots with a near-realistic airline operations experience.

The official Cal Air fleet of aircraft have been modified and tested to be high quality, well documented X-Plane aircraft, that our pilots have enjoyed flying, now Pilots may fly a Payware or Freeware version of our Cal Air Aircraft outlined in each of the Pilot Rankings.

This summary will explain what aircraft are available to fly at each ranking and what the requirements are for promotion to the next rank.

1: General Aviation (GA) Private Pilot | 0 - 50 Hours

GA Private Pilot

Requirements and Restrictions

  • Must successfully set up California Airlines ACARS
  • Must report all required flight hours through ACARS
  • Must complete 50 flight hours before promotion
  • Selected (BYO) aircraft may be flown using the PVT ACARS prefix
  • A Payware or Freeware version of the C172S or the P28A may be used

Eligible Aircraft

C172N

Cessna 172S (C172S)

Source: Wikipedia

C172N

Piper PA-28 Warrior II (P28A)

Source: Wikipedia

Eligible (BYO) Aircraft

  • Cessna 152 (C152)
  • Diamond DA40 Diamond Star (DA40)
  • Beechcraft 33 Bonanza (BE33)

2: General Aviation Instrument Rated Pilot | 50 - 100 Hours

GA Instrument Pilot

Requirements and Restrictions

  • Must complete 50 flight hours before promotion
  • Selected (BYO) aircraft may be flown using the PVT ACARS prefix
  • A Payware or Freeware version of the PC12 or the BE20 may be used

Eligible Aircraft (Plus all from previous rankings)

PC12

Pilatus PC12/45 (PC12)

Source: Wikipedia

BE20

Beechcraft King Air 200 (BE20)

Source: Wikipedia

Eligible (BYO) Aircraft

  • Cirrus SR20 G1000 (SR20)
  • Cessna 208 Caravan (C208)
  • Beechcraft 58 Baron (BE58)

3: General Aviation Commercial Pilot | 100 - 150 Hours

GA Commercial Pilot

Requirements and Restrictions

  • Must complete 50 flight hours before promotion
  • Pilot can now apply for the next ranking by completing the Check Ride Alpha Exam (CKR-A)
  • Selected (BYO) aircraft may be flown using the PVT ACARS prefix
  • A Payware or Freeware version of the C560, LJ60 or the C750 or may be used

~NOTAM~

Commercial pilots who choose to stop here and not be promoted to Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) can fly online* or offline at their leisure and use any aircraft allowable previously to build hours.

The Commercial Pilot choosing to remain in GA and just build hours only has to keep up their monthly flight minimums using the ACARS PVT flight numbers to meet the two flight minimums.

However, if the GA Commercial Pilot wishes to move into CFO and ATP, the CKR-A exam must be completed.

* California Airlines Online Certification Rules and Procedures applicable

Eligible Aircraft (Plus all from previous rankings)

C560

Cessna Citation V Ultra (C560)

Source: Wikipedia

LJ60

Bombardier Learjet 60 (LJ60)

Source: Wikipedia

C750

Cessna Citation X (C750)

Source: Wikipedia

 

Eligible (BYO) Aircraft

  • Bombardier Challenger 300 (CL30)
  • BAE Jetstream 32 (JS32)

4: Cargo Pilot | 150 - 200 Hours

Cargo Pilot

Requirements and Restrictions

  • Must complete 50 flight hours before promotion
  • Pilot can continue to fly General Aviation (GA) aircraft using the PVT ACARS prefix
  • Bring Your Own (BYO) flights allowed
  • A Payware or Freeware version of the C208F, B727F or the B752F may be used

Eligible Aircraft (Plus all from previous rankings)

C208

Cessna 208 Cargomaster (C208F)

Source: Wikipedia

B722

Boeing 727-200 Freighter (B722F)

Source: Wikipedia

B75F

Boeing 757-200 Freighter (B752F)

Source: Wikipedia

5: First Officer | 200 - 300 Hours

First Officer

Requirements and Restrictions

  • Must complete 100 flight hours before promotion
  • Pilot can continue to fly General Aviation (GA) aircraft using the PVT ACARS prefix
  • Pilot can fly aircraft from Cargo Ranking using CAX Cargo schedules
  • Bring Your Own (BYO) flights allowed
  • A Payware or Freeware version of the DH8C or the SF34 may be used

Eligible Aircraft (Plus all from previous rankings)

DH8C

Bombardier DHC-8-300 (DH8C)

Source: Wikipedia

SF34

Saab 340 (SF34)

Source: Wikipedia

6: Senior First Officer | 300 - 400 Hours

Senior First Officer

Requirements and Restrictions

  • Must complete 100 flight hours before promotion
  • Pilot can now apply for the next ranking by completing the Check Ride Bravo Exam (CKR-B)
  • Pilot can continue to fly General Aviation (GA) aircraft using the PVT ACARS prefix
  • Pilot can fly aircraft from Cargo Ranking using CAX Cargo schedules
  • Bring Your Own (BYO) flights allowed
  • A Payware or Freeware version of the CRJ2 or the E170 may be used

Eligible Aircraft (Plus all from previous rankings)

CRJ2

Bombardier CRJ200

Source: Wikipedia

E170

Embraer 170-100LR (E170)

Source: Wikipedia

7: Captain | 400 - 500 Hours

Captain

Requirements and Restrictions

  • Must complete 100 flight hours before promotion
  • Pilot can continue to fly General Aviation (GA) aircraft using the PVT ACARS prefix
  • Pilot can fly aircraft from Cargo Ranking using CAX Cargo schedules
  • Bring Your Own (BYO) flights allowed
  • A Payware or Freeware version of the MD90 or the E190 may be used

Eligible Aircraft (Plus all from previous rankings)

MD90

McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30ER

Source: Wikipedia

E190

Embraer ERJ-190 (E190)

Source: Wikipedia

8: Flight Captain | 500 - 600 Hours

Flight Captain

Requirements and Restrictions

  • Must complete 100 flight hours before promotion
  • Must complete Golden Bear Certification with the Bombardier CRJ7 (Delta)
  • Pilot can continue to fly General Aviation (GA) aircraft using the PVT ACARS prefix
  • Pilot can fly aircraft from Cargo Ranking using CAX Cargo schedules
  • Bring Your Own (BYO) flights allowed
  • A Payware or Freeware version of the A320, B737 or the CRJ7 may be used

Eligible Aircraft (Plus all from previous rankings)

A320

Airbus A320-200 (A320)

Source: Wikipedia

B737

Boeing 737-800 (B738)

Source: Wikipedia

CRJ7

Golden Bear:
Bombardier CRJ700 ER (CRJ7)

Source: Wikipedia

 

9: Senior Captain | 600 - 700 Hours

Senior Captain

Requirements and Restrictions

  • Must complete 100 flight hours before promotion
  • Must complete Golden Bear Certification with the Airbus A321 (Echo, Papa & Quebec)
  • Pilot can now apply for the next ranking by completing the Check Ride Charlie Exam (CKR-C)
  • Pilot can continue to fly General Aviation (GA) aircraft using the PVT ACARS prefix
  • Pilot can fly aircraft from Cargo Ranking using CAX Cargo schedules
  • Bring Your Own (BYO) flights allowed
  • A Payware or Freeware version of the B752, B788 or the A321 may be used

Eligible Aircraft (Plus all from previous rankings)

b752

Boeing 757-200 (B752)

Source: Wikipedia

B788

Boeing 787-800 (B788)

Source: Wikipedia

A321

Golden Bear:
Airbus 321-200 Golden Bear (A321)

Source: Wikipedia

 

10: Commercial Captain | 700 - 800 Hours

Commercial Captain

Requirements and Restrictions

  • Must complete 100 flight hours before promotion
  • Must complete Golden Bear Certification with the Boeing B753 (Foxtrot, Papa & Quebec)
  • Pilot can continue to fly General Aviation (GA) aircraft using the PVT ACARS prefix
  • Pilot can fly aircraft from Cargo Ranking using CAX Cargo schedules
  • Bring Your Own (BYO) flights allowed
  • A Payware or Freeware version of the B763, A332 or the B753 may be used

Eligible Aircraft (Plus all from previous rankings)

B763

Boeing 767-300 ER (B763)

Source: Wikipedia

A332

Airbus A330-200 (A332)

Source: Wikipedia

B753

Golden Bear:
Boeing 757-300 (B753)

Source: Wikipedia

 

11: Commercial Flight Captain | 800 - 900 Hours

Commercial Flight Captain

Requirements and Restrictions

  • Must complete 100 flight hours before promotion
  • Must complete Golden Bear Certification with the Boeing B744 (Hotel, Papa & Quebec)
  • Pilot can continue to fly General Aviation (GA) aircraft using the PVT ACARS prefix
  • Pilot can fly aircraft from Cargo Ranking using CAX Cargo schedules
  • Bring Your Own (BYO) flights allowed
  • A Payware or Freeware version of the A343, B772 or the B744 may be used

Eligible Aircraft (Plus all from previous rankings)

A343

Airbus 340-300 (A343)

Source: Wikipedia

B772

Boeing 777-200 LR (B722)

Source: Wikipedia

B744

Golden Bear:
Boeing 747-400 (B744)

Source: Wikipedia

 

12: Commercial Senior Captain | 900 - 1000 Hours

Commercial Senior Captain

Requirements and Restrictions

  • Must complete 100 flight hours before promotion
  • Must complete Golden Bear Certification with the Concorde (Juliet)
  • Pilot can now apply for the next ranking by completing the Check Ride Kilo Exam (CKR-K)
  • Pilot can continue to fly General Aviation (GA) aircraft using the PVT ACARS prefix
  • Pilot can fly aircraft from Cargo Ranking using CAX Cargo schedules
  • Bring Your Own (BYO) flights allowed
  • A Payware or Freeware version of the MD11, A388 or the CONC may be used

Eligible Aircraft (Plus all from previous rankings)

MD11

McDonnell Douglas MD-11ER (MD11)

Source: Wikipedia

A388

Airbus 380-842 (A388)

Source: Wikipedia

CONC

Golden Bear:
British Aerospace Concorde (CONC)

Source: Wikipedia

 

13: Certified Commercial Senior Captain

Certified Commercial Senior Captain

Requirements and Restrictions

  • Pilot has achieved the ultimate rank within California Airlines
  • No additional promotions
  • Pilot must continue to meet monthly flight minimums

The Certified Commercial Senior Captain is free to choose and complete the few remaining check rides and badges left uncompleted. They can also choose to participate in the remaining tours and charters, special operations, fly ins, Bring Your Own (BYO) Program, and scheduled flights at their discretion. There are very few areas showing on their California Airlines pilot card that are uncompleted and they will deserve the respect from all the other pilots within California Airlines for their major achievements, contributions, and support of other pilots to get to this rank.

By the time the California Airlines Pilot reaches the rank of Certified Commercial Senior Captain, they have been introduced to every area that CAX offers. There will be very little left to accomplish except to enjoy the schedules, the flying, fellow pilots, and any new offering that California Airlines adds in the way of Check Rides, Tours and Charters, Special Operations, and Scheduled flights.