Certification Center    
   

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.

Pin Check Ride Certification Prerequisites
Alpha "Under Construction" Part of GA Commercial Pilot Prerequisities
Bravo "Under Construction" Part of Senior First Officer Prerequisities
Charlie "Under Construction" Part of Senior Captain Prerequisites
Delta Golden Bear Entry Certification Flight Captain
Echo Golden Bear Trainee Level - A321 Senior Captain + Check Ride Delta
Foxtrot Golden Bear Trainee Level - B757 Commercial Captain + Pilot must have completed all Golden Bear A321 Certifications
Golf VATSIM Online Certification GA Instrument Rated Pilot or Above + ZLA V1-V3 or CAT Ratings 1-6.
Hotel Golden Bear Trainee Level - B747 Commercial Flight Captain + Pilot must have completed all Golden Bear B757 Certifications
Juliet Golden Bear Concorde Certification Commercial Senior Captain + Pilot must have completed all Golden Bear B744 Certifications
Kilo "Under Construction" Part of Commercial Senior Captain Prerequisites + Pilot must have completed the Golden Bear Concorde Certification
Papa Golden Bear Senior Level - A321 Senior Captain + Check Ride Echo
Papa Golden Bear Senior Level - B757 Commercial Captain + Check Ride Foxtrot
Papa Golden Bear Senior Level - B747 Commercial Flight Captain + Check Ride Hotel
Quebec Golden Bear Specialist Level - A321 Senior Captain + Check Ride Papa - A321
Quebec Golden Bear Specialist Level - B757 Commercial Captain + Check Ride Papa - B757
Quebec Golden Bear Specialist Level - B747 Commercial Flight Captain + Check Ride Papa - B747
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