Flight Reviews and Proficiency Checks

  • What are Proficiency Checks

    Proficiency Checks

    What is a proficiency check?
    A proficiency check is an assessment of your skills and knowledge in a particular operational area. Pilots are required to undertake proficiency checks to ensure they continue to be competent conducting particular kinds of operations.

    After gaining a qualification, it is normal for some skills to deteriorate over time. A proficiency check ensures your piloting skills continue to meet the standards described in the Part 61 Manual of Standards (MOS) and (where applicable) those of your operator.
    When do I need to do a proficiency check?
    The following proficiency checks are prescribed under Part 61:

    • instructor rating proficiency check every 2 years
    • examiner rating proficiency check every 2 years
    • instrument rating proficiency check (IPC) every year
    • aerial application rating proficiency check every year
    • night vision imaging system proficiency check every year.

    Part 61 refers to operator proficiency checks which are prescribed in the regulations that cover flight operations.
    To find out more, read CASA’s information sheet about proficiency checks.

  • Proficiency Check

    Proficiency Check

    Aircraft Types As required, either using one of our fleet or conducting the training in your aircraft, subject to the instructor having the appropriate class/type ratings.
    Duration Varies depending on the content of the Proficiency Check (A Proficiency Check may cover more than one rating.
    Pre-requisites Must hold a valid Australian licence and relevant rating.
    Description To meet the proficiency check requirements for a rating you need to demonstrate competency against the relevant units.

    At the end of a successful check the flight examiner will enter the details in your licence and send a notice to CASA to update your records. Reference is made to the appropriate sections of the MOS in preparing a proficiency check assessment.

    Theory Includes appropriate Long Briefs. May involve revision of the theory materials. Does not require a theory exam.
    CASA Qualification Flight Review for the agreed rating(s).
    AQF Qualification Not applicable
    Regulations The rules for proficiency checks are contained in Part 61 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations:

    • Regulations 61.640 and 650 – limitations of MPL
    • Regulations 61.6780 and 695 – limitations of ATPL
    • Regulation 61.1205 – simulator instructor proficiency check
    • Regulation 61.745(3) and (3A) – proficiency checks and flight reviews – aircraft type rating
    • Regulation 61.805(2)(c) – operator proficiency check and instrument proficiency check
    • Regulation 61.880 – instrument proficiency checks
    • Regulation 61.1015 – night vision imaging system proficiency checks
    • Regulation 61.1110 – aerial application proficiency checks
    • Regulation 61.1180 – flight instructor proficiency checks
    • Regulation 61.1280 and 61.1285 – examiner proficiency checks
    • Regulation 61.1305 – obligations of flight examiners
    • Regulation 61.1410 – instructor proficiency checks (flight engineer)
    • Regulation 61.1470 – examiner proficiency checks (flight engineer)
    • Regulation 61.1490 – obligations of flight engineer examiners

    Note – regulation 61.1055(2) refers to an operator proficiency check in low-level operations.

    Proficiency Checks The following proficiency checks are prescribed under Part 61:

    • instructor rating proficiency check every 2 years
    • examiner rating proficiency check every 2 years
    • instrument rating proficiency check (IPC) every year
    • aerial application rating proficiency check every year
    • night vision imaging system rating proficiency check every year.
  • What are Flight Reviews

    Flight Reviews

    A flight review is an opportunity to receive training that refreshes your flying skills and operational knowledge. Pilots undertake flight reviews to ensure they continue to be competent flying particular types of aircraft or exercising the privileges of an operational rating.
    After gaining a qualification, it is normal for some skills to deteriorate over time. A flight review ensures your piloting skills remain – or are brought back up – to standard.

    Flight reviews are also used to meet the International Civil Aviation Organization’s requirement for countries to ensure pilots continue to be competent exercising the privileges of their licences and ratings.

    Flight reviews are conducted for:

    • Aircraft class rating: every 24 months
    • Aircraft type rating: every 24 months
    • Private instrument flight rules rating: every 24 months
    • Night visual flight rules rating: every 24 months
    • Low-level rating: every 12 months.

    To find out more, read CASA’s flight reviews information sheet.

  • Flight Review

    Flight Review

    Aircraft Types As required, either using one of our fleet or conducting the training in your aircraft, subject to the instructor having the appropriate class/type ratings.
    Duration Varies depending on the content of the Flight Review (A Flight Review may cover more than one rating and may also incorporate a Proficiency Check).
    Pre-requisites Must hold a valid Australian licence and relevant rating.
    Description A flight review includes training and an assessment. Training is included to bring you back up to the required standard of competency, if you need it. Reference is made to the appropriate section of the MOS in preparing a training plan.
    Theory Includes appropriate Long Briefs. May involve revision of the theory materials. Does not require a theory exam.
    CASA Qualification Flight Review for the agreed rating(s).
    AQF Qualification Not applicable
    Regulations The rules for flight reviews are contained in Part 61 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations:

    • Regulation 61.400 – general requirements
    • Regulation 61.800 – flight review for pilot type ratings
    • Regulation 61.1175(6) – for flight instructors
    • Regulation 61.925 – private instrument flight rules
    • Regulation 61.970 – night visual flight rules
    • Regulation 61.1060 – low-level ratings
    Flight Reviews Flight reviews are conducted for:

    • Aircraft class rating: every 24 months
    • Aircraft type rating: every 24 months
    • Private instrument flight rules rating: every 24 months
    • Night visual flight rules rating: every 24 months
    • Low-level rating: every 12 months.