Boeing 737 ➡️ revalidation procedure
Boeing 737 proficiency check, LPC, sometimes called as prof check or license proficiency check is the checkride - with a TRE B737 or SFE B737 for re-validation of your current Boeing 737 300 - 900 type rating for next period of validity. Successfully passed EASA Boeing 737 LPC is the requirement for flying in any variant of B737 constituted into the common B737 typerating beyond the current expiry date endorsed in your license.
We are talking about revalidation of Boeing 737 only in case if the type rating is still within its validity period.
Revalidation Proficiency check is also combined with the prof check required and directed by Operational suitability data for the particular variant of Boeing 737 type - e.g. Boeing 737-800 or Boeing 737-400 and with revalidation of type-related instrument rating.
You are exempted from LPC in case you have completed EBT practical assessment in accordance with Appendix 10 within 3 months immediately preceding the expiry date.
Pilots who leave an operator’s Evidence Based Training programme after having failed to demonstrate an acceptable level of competence in accordance with that EBT programme shall not exercise the privileges of that type rating until they have complied with one of the following
- they have completed EBT practical assessment in accordance with Appendix 10;
- they have passed a proficiency check in accordance with point FCL.625(c)(3) or point FCL.740(b)(3), as applicable. In such a case, point FCL.625(b)(4) and point FCL.740(a)(2) shall not apply.
Legal background ✅ revalidation proficiency check
B737 Type rating revalidation procedures is described further in Ec 1178/2011, Subpart H - in FCL.740.A(a)(1).
In order to revalidate the type rating, you have to pass a proficiency check in accordance with Appendix 9 to Part-FCL or complete EBT practical assessment in accordance with Appendix 10 in FSTD representing Boeing 737 variants within the 3 months immediately preceding the expiry date of the rating with B737 TRE. In addition during the period of validity of the type rating, you have to complete at least:
- 10 route sectors as pilot of any variant of B737; or
- 1 route sector as pilot of the B737 or simulator flown with an TRE B737. This route sector may be flown during the proficiency check.
If you are a pilot working for a commercial air transport operator approved in accordance with the applicable air operations requirements who has passed the operators proficiency check combined with the proficiency check for the revalidation of the class or type rating is exempted from complying with the above mentioned requirement.
The proficiency check shall only be done by an EASA Examiner with respective Type Rating Examiner privileges for Boeing 737 type and particular variant.
Scope of ✈️ prof check
Boeing 737 type rating holder has to demonstrate ability to perform maneuvers, procedures on that particular variant of B737 with competency appropriate to the privileges granted. The operator proficiency check may be combined together with your renewal license proficiency check.
The duration of entire B737 license proficiency check takes approximately 4 up to 6 hours total. The flight with the EASA flight examiner takes approximately 2 hours up to 4 hours of the block time - depending on the type of the operations. The rest of the time is used for the preparation of the check flight (route planning, briefing, debriefing and any oral theoretical knowledge examination).
Boeing 737 ➡️ Instrument rating cross-credit
By passing 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 by application of 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 B737 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.
Validity period ➡️ revalidated type rating
Validity of the Boeing 737 type rating in accordance with FCL.740(a) is 12 months (1 year). The validity period starts by the day of the B737 prof check and ends up by the last day of the month plus 12 months. If the B737 LPC has been failed, the Boeing 737 type rating privileges becoming suspended and you will not be able to exercise of B737 type rating privileges. The validity of the Boeing 737 type rating can be again revalidated 90 days prior expiry date with keeping current expiry pattern.
✅ Boeing 737 validity example - normal pattern
Type rating Boeing 737 is valid until 31 JANUARY 2022 and the B737 prof check has been successfully passed at 24. November 2021.
- New expiry date: 31 JANUARY 2023
- Reason: Revalidation done within period 90 days preceding the expiry date
✅ Boeing 737 validity example - shortened pattern
Type rating Boeing 737 is valid until 31 JANUARY 2022 and the B737 prof check has been successfully passed at 30. October 2021.
- New expiry date: 31 OCTOBER 2022
- Reason: Revalidation done outside (ahead) period 90 days preceding the expiry date
✅ Boeing 737 validity example - renewal required
Type rating Boeing 737 is valid until 31 JANUARY 2022 and you have done your B737 prof check 01 FEBRUARY 2022.
- Your CAA will most likely reject your application and void the prof check
- Reason: B737 type rating has expired and you need to attend renewal procedure provided by flight school (ATO)
Other variants of Boeing 737
The EASA Typeratings and endorsement list constitutes several variants into one recognized license endorsement for all Boeing 737 variants. The B737 type rating authorizes the holder to fly on the variant of the Boeing 737 on which the initial skill test was performed. To fly another variant of the same Boeing 737 type you are required to attend so-called differences training.
As an example - your skill test was performed on Boeing 737NG variant and you are interested in flying Boeing 737CL. In this case, additional training differences training is needed. This is so-called flying the different variant of the same typerating.
The additional differential training is required whenever the applicant has not flown in that variant for more than 2 years as required by FCL.710(b) of Part-FCL, Regulation 1178/2011.