What is Boeing 737 skill test?
Boeing 737 skill test is the checkride with EASA TRE for the initial issue of Boeing 737 typerating. That includes all variants of Boeing 737NG and Boeing 737CL family. The Boeing 737 skill test is done upon the completion of B737 type rating course. Flight training, so-called type rating training is provided by an EASA flight school with respective authorization for Boeing 737 trainings.
Legal background of Boeing 737 skill test
The Boeing 737 skill test is required by FCL.725(c) and described in Appendix 9 to Part FCL. An applicant for initial issue of Boeing 737 type rating shall pass a skill test and demonstrate the skill required for the safe operation of the applicable variant. That means either Boeing B737 300-500, so-called Boeing 737 Classic, Boeing B737 600-900, so-called. Boeing 737 Next Generatin, or Boeing B737 BBJ - Boeing Business Jet.
The applicant shall pass the skill test within a period of 6 months after commencement of the type rating training course and within a period of 6 months preceding the application for the issue of the Boeing 737 type rating.
Boeing 737 skill test content
Applicants for a Boeing 737 skill test shall have received instruction in the same type of aircraft to be used in the skill test. The skill test for multi-pilot typerating shall be conducted in an FFS.
Failure to achieve a pass in all sections of the test in two attempts will require further training. There is no limit to the number of skill tests that may be attempted.
Boeing 737 skill test contains at least following items:
- maneuvers and procedures (normal operations)
- maneuvers and procedures (emergency and abnormal operations)
- rejected take-off at different airspeeds
- flight with one engine inoperative
- en-route IFR flight (1 enroute segment with duration of at least 15 minutes) (line-oriented flight training)
- usage of navigation aids (VOR, LOC, ILS, GNSS, PBN)
- precision and non-precision approaches including OEI, go-arounds and PBN elements
Applicants are required to fly the Boeing 737 from a position where the PIC or co-pilot functions (as relevant) can be performed.
During preflight preparation for the skill test, applicant is required to determine power settings and speeds. Applicants shall indicate to the TRE Boeing 737 the checks and duties carried out, including the identification of radio facilities. Checks shall be completed in accordance with the checklist for the aircraft on which the test is being taken and the MCC concept. Performance data for take-off, approach and landing shall be calculated by applicants in compliance with the operations manual or flight manual for the aircraft used. Decision heights/altitudes, minimum descent heights/altitudes and missed approach point shall be agreed upon with the examiner.
✅ Duration of Boeing 737 skill test
Boeing 737 skill test takes approximately 6 hours. It includes the additional time required for briefing and de-briefing.
✅ ICAO English during B737 skill test
The ICAO English exam can be a part of your Boeing skill test with TRE. The ICAO English exam is provided in cooperation with Aero Language. Type Rating Examiner is also the Language Proficiency Examiner for ICAO English Level 6.
Boeing 737 ❤️ privileges
Boeing 737 300 - 900 typerating authorizes the holder to fly on all variants constituted into the common B737 type by EASA Type Ratings and Licence endorsement list. EASA considers all variants of Boeing 737 family as one type endorsed under one common license endorsement except the Boeing 737-100 and Boeing 737-200.
✅ Variants of Boeing 737 family
The privileges of common Boeing 737 300-900/MAX typeratings authorizing you to fly on following B737 variants:
- Boeing 737 Classic - B737-300, B737-400, B737-500
- Boeing 737 NG - B737-600, B737-700, B737-800, B737-900, B737-900ER
- Boeing 737 MAX - B737 MAX-8, B737 MAX-8200, B737 MAX-9
- Boeing 737 BBJ - BBJ, BBJ1, BBJ2
EASA established differences training and familiarization training for different variants of Boeing 737 family. In accordance with GM1 FCL.710:
- Differences training requires the acquisition of additional knowledge and training on an appropriate training device (simulator) or the variant of B737 aircraft.
- Familiarisation training requires the acquisition of additional knowledge without necessity of the actual training.
The table indicates all the variants constituted into the common Boeing 737 300 - 900 typerating endorsement.
When transitioning from one variant of B737 to another - those variants which are separated by a horizontal line require differences training (e.g. Boeing 737-300 and Boeing 737-700), whereas those variants which are contained in the same cell only require familiarisation (e.g. Boeing 737-300 and Boeing 737-400).
The duration of differences training is specified in the EASA OSD for the Boeing 737 series. After the differences training course completion the partial proficiency check with TRE Boeing 737 300 - 900 is usually required.
Boeing 737 typerating validity
In accordance with FCL.740(a) the validity period of Boeing 737 300 - 900 is 12 months (1 year). Another requirement limiting the validity of your Boeing 737 typerating is FCL.710(d). It mandates additional differences training or familiarization training with possible proficiency check if you have not flown the particular variant of Boeing 737 family for more than 24 months (2 years). The means of alternate proficiency checks and required training to maintain the privileges on particular variant is contained in EASA operational suitability data for Boeing 737 - so-called OSD B737 FC. The Operator's Operations manual, Part D should also contain procedures for training and checking on different Boeing 737 generations and variants.