Commonly Asked Questions
Q. What are the steps to gaining the PA46, Pilatus PC-12, or TBM Class Rating?
A. Once all pre-course paperwork has been completed, we will send you a link to the online learning management system. You can then complete the theoretical knowledge instruction at home in your own time. The wash-up and exam are completed during the morning of the first day of flight training. Once the theoretical knowledge exam has been passed you will complete the flight training, which will last between 1 and 3 days depending on whether you are completing a full, or an abbreviated course.
Q. I am an experienced pilot on other high performance aeroplanes, e.g. Cessna Citation, Pilatus PC12, etc. Do I need to complete a full course on the PA46 or TBM?
A. No. The HT will assess your experience on a case-by-case basis. You will have to complete the theoretical knowledge instruction and exam, however the flight training is completed as required, until you reach the required LST standard. In most cases, only one or two days of flight training is required, however, please note that if the instructor feels you need more training then this will be charged at our daily rate.
Q. I have been flying the PA46 on my FAA licence - do I need a full course?
A. No. See above. Please note in order to exercise your ICAO licence privileges after April 2016 you will need an equivalent EASA licence. We can assist you in gaining all required licences.
Q. Can the training be done on an N registered aircraft in the UK with EASA licence?
A. Yes. Aircraft not registered in the EEA will require a validation for training in the UK. We can arrange this for you if you don’t already hold this authorisation. The following information regarding validation is extracted from the UK CAA website:
Aircraft not registered in the European Economic Area (EEA) may only be used in the UK to undertake aerial survey or aerial photography (whether or not valuable consideration is received by the operator) if the operator holds a permit under Article 225 of the Air Navigation Order 2009.
Q. Do you offer the groundschool for the En-Route IR or Competency Based IR?
A. No. We feel that this is best left to dedicated Approved Training Organisations who specialise in theoretical knowledge training. Please contact us for more information.
Q. Do you offer hourly rates?
A. No. The reason is simple, by charging by the half or full day you get an instructor dedicated to you. This means that pre and post flight briefings are not rushed and you can ask as many questions as you want.
Q. How do I maintain my EASA PA46 or TBM SET Class Rating?
A. Both the PA46 and TBM SET Class Ratings are valid for 2 years. In order to revalidate either rating an applicant must pass a proficiency check on the relevant class in accordance with Appendix 9 to Part-FCL with an examiner, within the 3 months preceding the expiry date of the rating. If either rating has expired, the applicant shall:
Take refresher training at an ATO, when necessary to reach the level of proficiency necessary to safely operate the relevant class or type of aeroplane; and
Pass a proficiency check in accordance with Appendix 9 to Part-FCL.
Q. How do I maintain my En-Route or Competency Based IR?
A. Both the En-Route and Competency Based IR are valid for 1 year which can be revalidated within the 3 months immediately preceding the expiry date of the rating. If either rating has expired, in order to renew their privileges applicants shall:
Go through refresher training at an ATO to reach the level of proficiency needed to pass the instrument element of the skill test in accordance with Appendix 9 to Part-FCL; and
Complete a proficiency check in accordance with Appendix 9 to Part-FCL, in an aeroplane.