The service is for pilots interested in typerating renewal of an expired Boeing 737 typerating. The service may also be  interest to Boeing 737 operators and flight schools looking for the freelance TRE B737 or SFE B737

Boeing 737 Renewal ✈️

Boeing 737 proficiency check or license proficiency check is commonly used for the chec kride for type rating renewal procedure. The renewal checkride - with an EASA Type Rating Examiner brings back the validity of expired Boeing 737 typerating. We are talking about Boeing 737 type rating renewal proficiency check when the type rating has been expired - even for 1 day.

Renewal of a Boeing 737 type rating is a process to be followed once the Boeing 737 rating is expired. To bring back the validity of Boeing 737 type rating, it is necessary to attend refresher training according to the procedure set by the flight school to pass a checkride with the TRE examiner for the Boeing 737 type. However the common procedure called proficiency check or license proficiency check - LPC applies for both revalidation and also renewal of the Boeing 737 type rating. 

Boeing 737 Renewal Proficiency check may also be combined with the prof check required and directed by Operational suitability data for the particular variant of Boeing 737 series aeroplane.

Typerating renewal ➡️ legal background 

Proficiency check for renewal of the B737 typerating is subject of paragraph FCL.740(b) and AMC1 FCL.740(b). The proficiency check is subject of recommendation by the flight school. The ATO has to establish the renewal procedure to re-gain the skills and proficiency required for Boeing 737 type rating holder. It is necessary to visit flight school (ATO) to renew B737 privileges.

Refresher training exemption

The pilots holding the Boeing 737 typerating in their ICAO license - e.g. holders of FAA license are exempted from attending the refresher training in flight school, so they can proceed directly to the proficiency check with TRE B737 300 - 900. This is granted by FCL.625.IR(e) for the Boeing 737 related instrument rating and by FCL.625.IR(f) for B737 type rating as follows:

  • Holders of a valid instrument rating on a pilot licence issued by a third country in accordance with Annex 1 to the Chicago Convention (e.g. FAA) shall be exempted from complying with the requirements in points FCL.625.IR(c)(1) and FCL.625.IR(d) when renewing the instrument rating privileges contained in licences issued in accordance with Part FCL.
  • The proficiency check mentioned in points FCL.625.IR(c)(2) and FCL.625.IR(e) may be combined with a proficiency check performed for the renewal of the Boeing 737 type rating.

So in other words - if you are a holder of foreign license with valid Boeing 737  typerating and at the same time you are a holder of an EASA license with endorsed (and expired) Boeing 737 typerating, you can renew the validity of your expired EASA Boeing 737 300 - 900 typerating without attending the renewal procedure in EASA ATO. This however does not apply for you if you are currently flying Boeing 737 - 100 or Boeing 737 - 200.

Boeing 737 typerating renewal procedure

FCL.740(b) requires to attend the renewal refresher training in flight school as a part of the Boeing 737 typerating renewal procedure. AMC1 FCL.740(b) describes furhter the content and purpose of refresher training required for type rating renewal.

The objective of the B737 refresher training is for the applicant to reach the level of proficiency necessary to safely operate the particular variant constituted in B737 endorsement. The amount of refresher training needed is determined on a case-by-case basis by the flight school, taking into account the following factors:

  • the experience of the applicant;
  • the amount of time elapsed since the privileges of the rating were last used;
  • the complexity of the aircraft;
  • whether the applicant has a current rating on another aircraft type; and
  • where considered necessary, the performance of the applicant during a simulated proficiency check for the rating in an FSTD or an aircraft of the relevant type or class.

It should be expected that the amount of training needed to reach the desired level of proficiency will increase analogously to the time elapsed since the privileges of the rating were last used. Nevertheless taking into account the factors listed iabove, the flight school may also decide that the applicant already possesses the required level of proficiency and that no refresher training is necessary. In such a case, the certificate or other documental evidence should contain a respective statement including sufficient reasoning. When setting up the tailored training, the point of the interest will also be your overall and recent experience in Boeing 737 in general but also on Boeing 737CL and Boeing 737NG variants.

After having determined the needs of the applicant, the flight school should develop an individual training programme based on the initial Boeing 737 typerating training, focusing on the aspects where the applicant has shown the greatest needs. Since there are many different variants constituting into the common Boeing 737 300 - 900 license endorsement, the refresher training should also reflect the requirements of EASA Operational suitability data for FC B737.

Refresher training should include theoretical knowledge instruction, as necessary, such as for type-specific system failures. The performance of the applicant should be reviewed during the training and additional instruction should be provided to the applicant, where necessary, to reach the standard required for the Boeing 737 proficiency check.

After successful completion of the training the flight school will issue the applicant with a training completion certificate or another document specified by the competent authority, describing the evaluation of the factors essential for the scope of the refresher training, the refresher training received, and a statement that the refresher training has been successfully completed. The training completion certificate should be presented to the EASA examiner prior to the proficiency check. Following the successful renewal of the Boeing 737 type rating, the training completion certificate or the other document specified by the competent authority and the examiner report form should be submitted to the state of license issue - SOLI. 

Scope of ✈️ B737 proficiency check

The scope of the flight training as well as the checkride with Boeing 737 examiner is described in Appendix 9 of Part-FCL, Regulation (EC) 1178/2011.

During the proficiency check, the Boeing 737 examiner shall verify that holders of the  type rating maintain an adequate level of theoretical knowledge. The B737 TRE may choose between different proficiency check scenarios containing simulated relevant operations. The operator proficiency check may be combined together with your renewal license proficiency check.

Boeing 737 ➡️ Instrument rating cross-credit

Once passed the B737 proficiency check, you will be a holder of type-related instrument rating. If you are a holder of additional class ratings or type ratings, you can apply the cross-credit for your additional type-related or class-related instrument ratings. This is done by applying the Appendix 8 to Part-FCL. It is important to notice that to apply the cross-credit the other class or type related instrument rating shall be valid at the time of the B737 IR proficiency check.

The Boeing 737 type-related instrument rating revalidates other instrument ratings as follows:

  • SE class rating (*) , and
  • SE type rating (*) , and
  • SP ME class or type rating except for high-performance complex type ratings, only credits for Section 3B of the proficiency check in point B.5 of Appendix 9

* Provided that within the preceding 12 months the you have flown at least three IFR departures and approaches exercising PBN privileges, including at least one RNP APCH approach on an SP class or type of aeroplane in SP operations, or, for multi-engine, other than HP complex aeroplanes.

Boeing 737 300 - 900 ➡️ type rating validity

In accordance with FCL.740(a) the validity of the Boeing 737 300 - 900 type rating is 12 months (1 year). The validity period starts by the day of the Boeing 737 prof check and ends up by the last day of the month plus 12 months.  The validity of the Boeing 737 type rating can be again revalidated 90 days prior expiry date with keeping current expiry pattern.

However the recent experience on a specific variant of the Boeing 737 is also a important when talking about the validity period.  FCL.710(d) requires the pilot to attend additional differences training, or familiarization training and additional checking if he has not flown a particular variant of the Boeing 737 for more than 2 years (24 months). This means if you were flying Boeing 737CL and recently flying Boeing 737NG. If you have not flown Boeing 737CL in last 24 months, you will be required to attend additional differences training

The method of recurrent training and checking is established in EASA Operational Suitability Data document for Boeing 737 FC

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