CAX offers a variety of certification levels. Each certification level was designed to test the pilots 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 the 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.
VATSIM Online Certification (Golf) - Before you are permitted to fly online with a 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.
Golden Bear (GB) Certification (Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Hotel, Papa, Quebec, Juliet) - The Golden Bear service is the elite service of CAX and only qualified pilots can fly these routes. A CAX pilot must first obtain the rank of Flight Captain and must be instrument certified before applying for GB certification. There are ten levels of certification within the Golden Bear Service. With each certification level, a GB pilot becomes qualified to fly a specific aircraft and its associated routes. The first GB certification is Delta, this is the GB entry certification. See the GB web page for further details on advanced GB certifications (Flight Ops/Subsidiary).
Concorde SST Certification (Juliet) - Check ride Juliet is the ultimate in the Golden Bear Check Ride 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 fuel 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 CAX Concorde must be flown with the same numbers as the real Concorde (CG, airspeeds, vertical speeds, etc...). No other X-Plane Concorde is flown with such precision and realism. A pilot must first pass the Concorde certification check ride in order to qualify to fly this supersonic bird.
Certified Commercial Senior Captain (Kilo) - Only the best CAX pilots make it this far. A CAX pilot must first obtain the rank of Commercial Senior Captain, and must be have completed the Golden Bear Concorde Check Ride Certification before applying for the Certified Commercial Senior Captain certification. Upon successful completion of the check ride, a special rank badge is given to the pilot.