Level 2 : First Officer
After logging at least one complete FreeWorld Express flight, a trainee may take the First Officer examination, to become a full-service FreeWorld Airways pilot. This is a written exam, followed by an online flight to be flown under ATC guidance, with the controller acting as the examiner (note: the examiner will usually be a different person than the instructor). The exam is designed to test both the pilot’s knowledge and their ability to fly their chosen aircraft (any class B or C aircraft from the FreeWorld fleet). During the exam the pilot will be expected to:
- Know the difference between Altitude and Flight-Level, including appropriate use of their altimeter when passing transition altitude/level
- Understand the performance and limitations of their chosen aircraft (eg. reference speeds, optimum climb/descent rates etc.)
- Understand the use of standard departure and arrivals (SID/STAR) and how to read the charts
- Understand the use of holding points/patterns.
- File a suitable flight-plan for an IFR flight between airports of the examiner’s choosing, including the use of appropriate cruise altitude/level
- Perform the flight safely and in accordance with ATC direction
- Comply with initial climb/headings as provided by ATC
- Intercept and track a VOR radial (inbound and/or outbound)
- Fly direct to or from an NDB
- Fly a standard ILS approach including a procedure turn
- Execute a low approach when reaching minimums and fly missed-approach procedure without specific instructions from ATC
- Re-Intercept the ILS by using vectors provided by ATC
- Land safely and taxi to parking
The examiner will both control, observe the pilots ability, and ask relevant questions (using voice or private chats messages) throughout the examination. Various exercises will be scored separately, with an overall pass mark of 75%. If at any time the aircraft safety is compromised, the exam will be an immediate fail. The examiner will de-brief with the pilot when the exam is concluded. In the event of a complete failure, the pilot can re-take the exam after 14 days, or 28 days in the case of a fail due to compromised safety. In the event of a partial failure, the pilot will be able to re-take the exam only for the failed exercises, and this with no delay.
Upon successfully passing the exam, the trainee will attain the rank of First Officer, and be eligible to fly/log scheduled flights in the aircraft flown during the exam, as well as any class A or B aircraft.
Once the rank of First Officer has been achieved, the pilot can apply to take additional shorter ‘type rating’ tests to certify them for scheduled operations in additional Class C aircraft; a minimum 7 day waiting time must pass between successfully taking each such type-rating test.
Take the Level 2 written exam After completion of the exam you have 10 days to attempt the practical exam. Should this delay be exceeded the written exam will be cancelled, and you will have to pass it again.