Test Structure and Format
- The P1 Rating test will comprise a written test and a practical flight test.
- The written test must be passed before a flight test can be taken.
- If a student fails a written test, he may not retake the test for 24 hours.
- A student does not need to take the flight test if they have 100 or more hours logged on the Club Pilot Report (PIREP) record AND they pass the written test with a mark of 31 or more (88.6%).
- A student who is exempt from taking the flight test as defined above may elect to take the flight test if they wish, in which case they must pass it to be awarded the rating.
- If the flight test cannot be completed in a single session for technical reasons, such as computer or network problems, the completed sections will be marked, and a new date arranged to fly the uncompleted sections.
The student will request a P1 test by completing the test application form on the Club website Pilot Ratings section. The form will be received by the Club Training Administrator, who will:
- Select a suitable and available Club Examiner (a Club Instructor) who will carry out the flight test.
- Register the student in the Student Training Record System (STRS).
- Enrol the student on the P1 Rating Test in the STRS.
Written Test Content
The written test comprises a series of 35 multiple choice questions which are displayed on the test web page in the STRS. The questions are selected at random from a database of 113. It is very unlikely that any two students will receive the same set of questions.
There will be five questions on each of the following subjects: -
- VATSIM Basics
- Flight on the Network
- Good VATSIM Citizenship
- Charts and their interpretation
- Flight Planning
The student is allowed 30 minutes to complete the 35 questions. There are pop-up warnings given at 5, 2 and 1 minutes before time-out.
Written Test Result
When the student submits the written test, it is automatically emailed to the Club Examiner (Instructor) in charge of marking all written tests. This Examiner will
- check that the requisite 24 hours has elapsed since any previous attempt, and if it has not, he will reject the attempt and inform the student.
- If the attempt is valid he will mark the exam and return the result to the student within 24 hours if possible, and 48 hours maximum.
- He will record the result in the student's record in the STRS, and
- send a copy of the result to the examiner allocated to the student for the practical flight test.
The pass mark for the written test is 25 correct answers (71.4%). If the student has recorded more than 100 hours in the Club PIREP system, and achieves 31 correct answers (88.6%), the practical flight test will be waived, and a pass will be awarded.