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Golden Bear / Golden Bear Certifications

Golden Bear is a special elite wing of Cal Air for GB Certified Pilots, Our aircraft offer finely tuned flight performance characteristics and one of a kind custom aircraft textures, the flight scheduling has been expanded to not only include selected CAX Base of Operations but also selected Global Airports based on the Top 20 World's Busiest Airports by Passenger Traffic (January 2015). Where possible our flight schedules reflect various destinations which are based on current Real World / Real Airline flight data. We are also proud to announce that the Concorde has joined Golden Bear, and we have updated the Golden Bear Flight Schedules to include the Concorde.

Golden Bear Certification offers unique and challenging check rides utilizing the Golden Bear Fleet, There are ten levels of certification within the Golden Bear Service. from the CRJ-700 to the B744-400, with each certification level, a GB pilot becomes qualified to fly a specific aircraft and its associated routes. Golden Bear Certification now includes Concorde SST Certification ( Juliet ) - Check ride Juliet is the ultimate in the Golden Bear Check Ride series.

 

 

Cal Air only considers pilots who have proven themselves in other branches of the airline. The rank of Flight Captain or higher is required of any pilot wishing to apply for Golden Bear flight service.

All approved applicants begin their flight testing in our CRJ-700 aircraft.

Upon completion of the 1st "Check Ride", the pilot is then required to file a detailed flight report of the entire flight, from takeoff through landing. Once the "Check Ride" report has been filed, it will be reviewed by our GB Certification Administrator.

If everything is in order, the pilot will be notified of their certification, and the Golden Bear Service PIN is added to their CAX ID card. The pilot can then choose to apply for additional "Check Rides" with the larger GB aircraft and once successfully completed, the pilot can fly any of the GB flight schedules for the aircraft that they have been certified to fly.

 

A Check Ride is required for each aircraft in the GB fleet.   NEW GB pilots departing on "Check Rides"

GB Certification Diagram and Associated Pins
 

The Golden Bear Certification Process

1. GB CRJ7 Check Ride ( Delta ): This is the GB Entry Level Certification Check Ride flown using the CRJ-700 by all new applicants*

2. GB A321 Check Ride ( Echo, Papa, Quebec ): Upon successful completion of Check Ride Delta, a Golden Bear pilot may apply for the Golden Bear A320-200 Check Rides consisting of the GB A321 Trainee Check Ride ( Echo ) then the GB A321 Senior Check Ride ( Papa ) and the GB A321 Specialist Check Ride ( Quebec ), A pilot cannot apply for the next Golden Bear Aircraft Check Ride until they have completed all Check Rides in the A321*

3. GB B753 Check Ride ( Foxtrot, Papa, Quebec ): Upon successful completion of the Golden Bear A321 Check Rides, a Golden Bear pilot may apply for the Golden Bear B757-300 Check Rides consisting of the GB B753 Trainee Check Ride ( Foxtrot ) then the GB B753 Senior Check Ride ( Papa ) and the GB B753 Specialist Check Ride ( Quebec ), A pilot cannot apply for the next Golden Bear Aircraft Check Ride until they have completed all Check Rides in the B753*

4. GB B744 Check Ride ( Hotel, Papa, Quebec ): Upon successful completion of the Golden Bear B753 Check Rides, a Golden Bear pilot may apply for the Golden Bear B747-400 Check Rides consisting of the GB B744 Trainee Check Ride ( Hotel ) then the GB B744 Senior Check Ride ( Papa ) and the GB 744 Specialist Check Ride ( Quebec ), A pilot cannot apply for the next Golden Bear Aircraft Check Ride until they have completed all Check Rides in the B744*

5. GB CONC Check Ride ( Juliet ): This is the final GB Certification check ride flown using the Concorde, A Golden Pilot may apply for this Check Ride once all other Golden Bear Check Rides have been completed.

* Pilot is also required to submit a minimum of 30 Flight Hours before applying for the next check ride.

We hope that if you are currently ranked as Flight Captain or higher you will choose to apply for the Golden Bear Service. If you have yet to attain the rank, we urge you to continue to fly your scheduled hub routes until you have the required number of hours needed for consideration.



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Airbus 320-200
MTOW 162,040 lbs
MLW 142,222 lbs
Vmo/Mmo 350 IAS / M 0.82
Max Range 3,045 miles
Max Operating Altitude FL390
ICAO A322

Boeing 747-400
MTOW 875,000 lbs
MLW 630,000 lbs
Vmo/Mmo 300 IAS / M 0.9
Max Range 7,260 miles
Max Operating Altitude FL450
ICAO B744

Boeing 757-300
MTOW 273,000 lbs
MLW 224,000 lbs
Vmo/Mmo 350 IAS / M 0.86
Max Range 3,395 miles
Max Operating Altitude FL450
ICAO B753

Bombardier CRJ700 ER
MTOW 75,250 lbs
MLW 67,000 lbs
Vmo/Mmo 350 IAS / M 0.86
Max Range 1,732 miles
Max Operating Altitude FL410
ICAO CRJ7