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Canadian Xpress® VATSIM P2 Pilot Rating Synopsis
The purpose of this rating is to ensure the student pilot is capable of handling the selected aircraft and its systems in normal flight conditions without use of automated flight control systems, i.e., hand flying, while under online VATSIM ATC control from start up and taxi through landing and parking.

In order to obtain a VATSIM P2 Rating, pilots are required to successfully complete the following with a passing grade of 70% or higher (in the following order):
  • Currently hold a VATSIM P1 Rating;
  • 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.
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 Xpress® 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 P2 Rating should be familiar with the following items that will be covered in both the written and practical exams.

UNDERSTANDING FLIGHT
  • Four forces of flight;
  • Center of gravity;
  • Aircraft axis;
  • Make coordinated turns with proper rudder pressure;
  • Understand aircraft performance and limitations;
  • Make appropriate engine and configuration changes to comply with ATC instructions;
  • Choose a heading to compensate for winds aloft to follow a consistent ground track +- 10 degrees;
  • Start the aircraft from a cold condition, bring all aircraft systems to flight readiness, and return the aircraft to cold after parking at the end of the flight;
  • Taxi, take off, level, cruise, approach and land the aircraft within the published engine, configuration, and airspeed parameters;
  • Understand emergencies appropriate for the aircraft type and how to conduct them on the VATSIM network provided ATC approval is secured prior to commencing the emergency.
Interpreting This Requirement:
  • The student shall be able to describe and demonstrate these basics of flight and aircraft systems with an approved ATO aircraft.

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AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS
  • Power plant;
  • Propellers;
  • Wings and Empennage;
  • Landing gear.
Interpreting This Requirement:
  • The student shall be able to describe and demonstrate the use of these aircraft systems with an approved ATO aircraft.

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BASIC FLIGHT INSTRUMENTS
  • Altimeter;
  • Airspeed indicator;
  • Artificial horizon;
  • Turn and bank;
  • Vertical speed indicator;
  • Directional gyro;
  • Wet compass;
  • Outside air temperature;
  • Engine instruments.
Interpreting This Requirement:
  • The student shall be able to describe and demonstrate the use of these basic flight instruments with an approved ATO aircraft.

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PITOT / STATIC SYSTEM
  • Pitot heat.
Interpreting This Requirement:
  • The student shall be able to describe and demonstrate the use of pitot / static system with an approved ATO aircraft.

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NAVIGATION, INSTRUMENT AND AIRCRAFT LIGHTS
  • VOR Navigation;
  • NDB Navigation;
  • Aircraft lights.
Interpreting This Requirement:
  • The student shall be able to describe and demonstrate the use of VOR navigation, NDB navigation, instrument navigation and aircraft lights with an approved ATO aircraft.

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