Endorsements & Checkouts

Complex

(endorsement)

  • Required by the FAA to operate a “complex aircraft”
  • Complex aircraft defined as aircraft with:
    • Retractable landing gear; and
    • Retractable flaps; and
    • Controllable pitch propeller
  • Depending on pilot skill and ability to learn, this checkout may require 5 or more lessons/flights

High Performance

(endorsement)

  • Required by the FAA to operate a “high performance aircraft”
  • High-performance aircraft defined as having engines greater than 200 hp
  • Depending on pilot skill and ability to learn, this checkout may require 5 or more lessons/flights

Catalina

(checkout)

  • Required by Santa Monica Flyers and its insurers to operate an aircraft to or from Catalina Airport
  • Depending on pilot skill and ability to learn, this checkout may require 1 or more lessons/flights

Transition to 172

(checkout)

  • Required by Santa Monica Flyers and its insurers to operate a Cessna with a G1000 glass panel
  • Pilots having only flown in our Sport Cruisers or Standard Cessna 172s will require this checkout
  • Depending on pilot skill and ability to learn, this checkout may require 3 or more lessons/flights

Transition to Cirrus SR20

(checkout)

  • Required by Santa Monica Flyers and its insurers to operate the Cirrus SR20
  • Pilots having only flown in our Sport Cruisers or Cessna 172s will require this checkout
  • Depending on pilot skill and ability to learn, this checkout may require 5 or more lessons/flights

Flight Review

(formerly BFR)

  • Required by the FAA to maintain a private pilots license, every 24 calendar months
  • A minimum of 1 hour of ground instruction and 1 hour of flight instruction
  • Our flight instructors may require more than the minimum instruction time to complete a BFR

Instrument Proficiency Check

(aka IPC)

  • Required by the FAA to maintain a private pilots license, every 24 calendar months
  • A minimum of 1 hour of ground instruction and 1 hour of flight instruction
  • Our flight instructors may require more than the minimum instruction time to complete a BFR

Spin Training

(for all pilots)

  • Required by the FAA to complete a CFI Certificate
  • Encouraged by our Flight Instructors for all pilots new and current — to be able to recover from an aerodynamic spin
  • Accomplished in our aerobatic Super Decathlon by our Chief Flight Instructor

Tailwheel

(endorsement)

  • Required by the FAA to fly a tailwheel airplane
  • Accomplished in our aerobatic, tailwheel Super Decathlon by our Chief Flight Instructor

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