Test Structure and Format
- The P2 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.
- 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.
- Unlike the P1 Rating, there is no exemption for experienced pilots from taking the P2 flight test.
The student will request a P2 test by completing the test application form on the Club website Pilot Ratings section. The form will be received by the Club's 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), if not already registered.
- Enrol the student on the P2 Rating Test in the STRS.
Written Test Content
The written test comprises a series of 21 multiple choice questions which are displayed on the test web page in the STRS. The questions are selected at random from a database of 66. It is very unlikely that any two students will receive the same set of questions.
There will be seven questions on each of the three following subjects: -
- Understanding Flight
- Controlling the Aircraft
- Aircraft Systems
The student is allowed 30 minutes to complete the 21 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 16 correct answers (76.2%).
Preparation for a Flight Test
The test flight will be one of the following:
- Depart from Biggin Hill EGKB and proceed in a generally north easterly direction passing instructor-defined waypoints before turning north and positioning for an approach and landing at Stansted EGSS.
- Depart from Gloucestershire EGKB and proceed in a generally north easterly direction passing instructor-defined waypoints before turning north and positioning for an approach and landing at East Midlands EGNX.
The selected route will be given to the student in a written preflight briefing at least 24 hours in advance of the flight test. The student will prepare the flight plan, and carry out a weight and fuel calculation, plus any other "desktop" tasks required to conduct the flight competently, and email this information to the instructor, in advance of the flight test.
The student will be connected to VATSIM throughout the test. The flight will be conducted with at least two VATSIM Controllers on line. Students will be expected to communicate with these ATC stations throughout the flight.