4. CHECKOUT AND CURRENCY

 

4.1 Policy

A member who has completed an initial aircraft checkout for make and model and meets all Club and FAA currency requirements to act as Pilot-In-Command (PIC) may fly Club aircraft of the same make and model with any person of his or her choosing on board: non-pilot; pilot; or instructor. When the member does not meet one or more Club or FAA requirements to act as PIC in make and model (e.g. lacking minimum time, high-performance and/or complex endorsement requirements), the member shall not fly Club aircraft of the same make and model without a Club Board-approved certificated flight instructor (CFI) occupying one of the front seats of the aircraft, except as provided for in §2.0.

4.2 Initial Aircraft Checkout

A Board-approved instructor shall conduct initial checkouts. The Checkride form must be completed as specified in section §3.5.

4.2.1 Aircraft Make and Model

A separate initial checkout is required for each make and model of aircraft.

4.2.2 Written Reviews

The member must complete any Board-approved, written review or test for a specific make and model Club aircraft prior to completing the initial checkout in that aircraft.

4.2.3 Minimum Checkout Time

Providing insurance and/or Board-approved experience requirements are met, the time required for checkout in each of the Club aircraft is left to the discretion of the Board-approved instructor performing the checkout. Depending on pilot experience and skill, the checkout may require more than one flight and may cover activities and subjects in addition to those listed on the Checkride form.

4.3 Club Currency

4.3.1 Club Current

A member who meets the currency requirements of the FAA in accordance with the FARs and who has completed an annual checkride in accordance with §5.0 of this document is considered Club current. Only members that are Club current may act as PIC in Club aircraft.

4.3.2 Regaining Currency

A member that is not FAA current but has a valid annual checkride can regain currency in compliance with 14 CFR 61.56 – 61.57; however, each member must critically assess his or her skill level and determine if it would be appropriate to use an instructor in regaining currency. The Board recommends using an instructor to regain currency.

4.3.3 Currency in non-Club Aircraft

Any currency required for a specific make and model of Club aircraft may be maintained in the same make and model of aircraft not belonging to the Club. Proof of such currency either by logbook entry or a flight invoice shall be presented to the safety officer or operations officer upon request.

4.3.4 Night Currency

A member meeting the night currency requirements of 14 CFR 61.57 (b) and the requirements of §4.3.1 is considered Club current for night flight.

4.3.5 Experience Requirements

4.3.5.1 Experience Requirements for the Cessna Skylane (C182)

Any member maintaining a Private or more advanced pilot certificate and has demonstrated to a Club Board-approved certificated flight instructor the piloting skill required for the aircraft being flown.

4.3.5.2 Experience Requirements for the Piper Comanche (PA24-260)

Any member maintaining a Private or more advanced pilot certificate and has demonstrated to a Club Board-approved certificated flight instructor the piloting skill required for that aircraft being flown and has flown a minimum total PIC time of 200 hours, or total PIC time of 100 hours if the pilot is instrument rated, including 25 hours in the make and model; or in lieu of make and model time, 10 hours of dual flight instruction in aircraft of the same make and model being flown including at least 15 takeoffs and landings while accompanied by an appropriately certificated flight instructor.

4.3.5.3 Experience Requirements for Certified Flight Instructors

Any flight instructor properly qualified and approved by the Club.

4.3.6 Current Insurance Experience Requirements

In all situations, requirements specified in the current insurance policy take precedence over requirements specified in §4.3.5.