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Canadian Xpress® VATSIM P1 Pilot Rating Synopsis
In order to obtain a VATSIM P1 Rating, pilots are required to successfully complete the following with a passing grade of 70% or higher (in the following order):
  • A multiple choice written exam;
  • A practical exam / evaluation that will be conducted via our TeamSpeak 3 channel and on the VATSIM network with an ATO instructor.
Expedited P1 Rating Assessments
Canadian Xpressģ pilots with a rating of Senior Captain or higher may request an expedited P1 rating assessment. Upon approval from the ATO Chief Instructor, you will be to obtain your P1 rating by successfully completing the written exam with a passing grade of 90% or higher.

Retaking an Exam
In the event that you do not succesfully obtain a passing grade in either a written or practical exam, you may view your complete exam results along with the training material so that you can prepare to retake the exam. You are permitted to retake an exam 14 days after the last exam date.

Online Training
Canadian Xpressģ does provide online training to those pilots who are new to VATSIM and need assistance in preparing for their exams. To request online training, please visit the Online Training link that is available via the Training menu.

Exam Content:
All pilots who wish to obtain their VATSIM P1 Rating should be familiar with the following items that will be covered in both the written and practical exams.

DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL ESSENTIAL SOFTWARE
Download and install essential software that is required to fly on VATSIM network that consists of the following:
  • Flight Simulator Software: Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004, Microsoft Flight Simulator X, Lockheed Martin Prepar3D or Laminar Research X-Plane 10;
  • Pilot Client: vPilot, SquawkBox or FSInn;
  • Software To find ATC: Servinfo, VATSpy, vRoute, etc.
  • Install Visual Models: vPilot or Squawkbox Model Set;
  • Install Flight Logging Software: CXAcars.
Interpreting This Requirement:
  • The student should be able to download one of the accepted pilot clients, get it set up, and connect successfully to the VATSIM network.
  • The student should be able to use at least one of the common tools to locate ATC who are online in their area of operation and when they are in an active controllerís airspace or not.
  • The student should be able to set up the files to create visual models of other pilotís aircraft.

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FLIGHT PLANS
Flight plan basics when sending a flight plan on the VATSIM network including:
  • Fill in the appropriate boxes in the pilot client;
  • Find acceptable routes;
  • Useful Newbie comments.
Interpreting This Requirement:
  • The student should be able to fill out the VATSIM Flight Plan form and understand what is expected and typical in each box.
  • The student should be able to find an appropriate route, not GPS Direct, but may include VORs or Preferred Routes from ATC web sites.
  • The student should know appropriate comments to add to their flight plan to help ATC help them, comments common to newbie flight plans.

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WEATHER
Understanding of VATSIM weather including:
  • Where to find it, why VATSIM weather might be different than your weather and different from flight simulator to flight simulator as it renders differently in each PC;
  • IMC vs VMC;
  • Runway selection.
Interpreting This Requirement:
  • The student should be able to find local weather information relative to that weather the VATSIM ATC will be reporting within their area of operation.
  • The student should be able to determine if the airport(s) they will be flying to or from is under IMC or VMC conditions to anticipate the services available.
  • The student should be able to handle a situation where they wish to fly in conditions different than what VATSIM is reporting and how to handle the communications and coordination with VATSIM ATC (i.e. The airport is IMC and the pilotís flight simulator is VMC.)
  • The student should be able to select the appropriate runway to use relative to the prevailing winds as reported on the VATSIM network.

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FACILITY WEB SITES
Knowledge of facility web sites:
  • Basics, information for pilots, contacts.
Interpreting This Requirement:
  • The student should be able to find local ATC facility web sites and locate the information in the pilots section(s) and their normal contents (maps, charts, procedures, preferred routes) and how to contact local leadership for help if needed.

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CONNECTING TO THE NETWORK
Know how to properly conntect to the VATSIM Network:
  • Where to connect;
  • Transponders (STBY vs Mode C);
Interpreting This Requirement:
  • The student should be able to explain and understand the safe places to connect to on the VATSIM network.
  • The student should be able to use their transponder built into their pilot client and understand the STBY and Mode C functions and when each should be used. The student should understand what the transponder code is, where they get it (with or without ATC), and how to enter it into their transponder.

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MAPS AND CHARTS
Where to find map and charts and know the basic description of the following:
  • Airport Diagrams
  • VFR Sectionals;
  • Lo/Hi Enroute;
  • Terminal Charts;
  • IAPs.
Interpreting This Requirement:
  • The student should be able to locate these charts and be able to basically describe each one at a high level. It is not intended that the student be able to use or interpret these charts yet, just know that they exist and where to find them for their area of operations. The self-learners will figure out what to do with this information.

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CONTACTING ATC
Understanding on how to contact ATC on the VATSIM network during the following phases if flight including:
  • Clearance;
  • Push and Start;
  • Taxi;
  • Take-off;
  • Departure;
  • Enroute;
  • Approach;
  • Final;
  • Land & Taxi;
  • Park & Shutdown;
  • Emergencies.
Interpreting This Requirement:
  • The student should be able to contact local ATC during any of the phases listed above and provide simple pilot to ATC phraseology and what to expect from ATC during each phase.
  • The student should be able to handle their aircraft and hold headings, altitudes, and airspeeds as instructed by ATC.
  • The student should understand acceptable emergency procedures on the VATSIM network, how to request them and what to do if their request is not granted. The student should know announcing a hijacking or using the hijack transponder code is not to be done.
  • The student should be able to handle loss of voice.

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NAVIGATION BASICS
Aware of the equipment and map symbols used in basic navigation including:
  • VOR;
  • GPS;
  • FMC;
  • ILS;
  • VFR Out The Window;
  • Flight Plan Equipment Codes.
Interpreting This Requirement:
  • The student should be able to describe instruments and procedures for any of the above that are applicable to their chosen aircraft. It is not expected that the student will be able to program a GPS or FMC in great detail nor be able to track a VOR signal. The location and description of each of these will suffice.
  • The student should understand the various flight plan equipment codes and how ATC will interpret and how they will provide services based on it.

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VATSIM BASICS
Understanding of the basics that every pilot that flies on the VATSIM network should be aware of including:
  • Forums;
  • Conflict Resolution;
  • Supervisors;
  • Getting help on & offline;
  • Structure Ė Regions, Divisions, Facilities;
  • Basic Facility Structures: CD, GND, TWR, Dep, CTR/Enroute, APP, Oceanic, FSS, ATM, TA, EC, FM;
  • VATSIM Pilotís Resource Center.
Interpreting This Requirement:
  • The student should be able to log into the VATSIM forums to find information and ask for help.
  • The student should understand the VATSIMís Conflict Resolution process and its role in enforcing VATSIMís rules, the role of Supervisors, and how to contact a Supervisor if they need help and how to respond to a Supervisor if they are contacted.
  • The student should have a basic understanding of VATSIMís structure relative to regions, divisions, and local ATC as well as the basic facility types found within their area of operations that may be staffed.
  • The student should be able to find the PRC and know the basic outline of its contents to help students find information for themselves.

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GOOD VATSIM CITIZENSHIP
A good VATSIM citizen is aware of the following:
  • VATSIM COC, COR, UA;
  • VATSIM Web Site;
  • Membership;
  • Virtual Airline and VATSIM's VA Partner Program;
  • Pilot Training and Ratings;
  • ATC Training and Ratings;
Interpreting This Requirement:
  • The student should know the location of the VATSIM CoC, CoR, and UA documents and have read them.
  • The student should know how to navigate the VATSIM web site with a focus on contacting Membership and using their ticket system to resolve email and other issues and finding pilot related resources.
  • The student should understand how virtual airlines interact with VATSIM and what is the VATSIMís VA Partner program.

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COMMUNICATIONS
Communications with the following:
  • With ATC;
  • With other pilots (Unicom, text, voice);
  • Private channel;
  • Private messaging & Contact Meís;
Interpreting This Requirement:
  • The student should be able to contact ATC and know how ATC might contact them, including the Contact Me automated message when ATC signs on.
  • The student should be to use UNICOM and also know how to use a private channel to talk to other pilots.
  • The student should know what voice ATIS including how and when to listen to it.

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