Assessment of Flight Test Performance

The "Performance Criteria" June of each flight test item prescribes the marking criteria. These criteria assume no unusual circumstances as well as operation of the helicopter in accordance with the owner/operator’s checklists, the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) if relevant, the manufacturer’s specifications, limitations and recommended configurations in the POH/RFM or other approved data based on the certification standard of the helicopter used for the test.

Throughout the flight test, the candidate is evaluated on the use of an appropriate checklist. Proper use is dependent on the specific task being evaluated. The situation may be such that the use of the written checklist, while accomplishing the elements of an “Aim”, would be either unsafe or impractical. In this case, a review of the checklist after the elements have been accomplished would be appropriate. Division of attention and proper visual scanning should be considered when using a checklist.

Consideration will be given to unavoidable deviations from the published criteria due to weather, traffic or other situations beyond the reasonable control of the candidate. To avoid the need to compensate for such situations, tests should be conducted under normal conditions whenever possible.

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