CPLME Training Timeline
On the first day on campus, in addition to the tests they’ll take and a 1-hour brief, students will complete a 30-minute brief and utilize the flight simulator for 2 hours gaining familiarly with a multi-engine plane and being introduced to the maneuvers, procedures and checklist flow.
On their second day of training, students will complete a 30-minute brief in addition to two hours in the flight simulator further familiarizing themselves with the multi-engine aircraft and practicing these procedures. Students will then execute a 1-hour brief on the multi-engines systems and malfunction processes with their instructor to complete the day.
On day 3 of their training, students will complete two flights with their instructor in the twin engine plane for 1.5 hours each, 3 hours total. These flights will focus on practicing these same procedures and maneuvers in an actual flight environment.
On Day 4, students will start with a 1-hour brief covering multi engine plane aerodynamics and single engine minimal controllable airspeed. They will then execute a mission of 1 hour in the simulator preceded by a half hour brief with their instructor. This mission will cover emergency procedures in a controlled environment.
During day 5, students will move into the plane to practice the same emergency procedures from the day before during actual flight. This mission will last approximately 1.5 hours and will be followed by an hour briefing with the instructor to further develop their ground training and systems understanding.
On day 6, students will complete a brief prior to their 1.5-hour flight putting together all of the maneuvers and emergency procedures covered to that point in preparation for their checkride. Students will complete two of these flights within the same day and may run back to back.
By Day 7, students have covered all of the new information they will need to learn, so this day is used for rest. AeroGuard has strict safety protocols which means absolutely no missions 7 days in a row. Students need to use this day to recover from the intense week of training they just completed but may still choose to study at home in preparation for their checkride.
Day 8 consists of one last brief with their instructor to confirm their level of knowledge and get any outstanding questions they may have answered by their instructor. Then comes the final evaluation flight, completed with a separate Aeroguard flight instructor to ensure the pilot is ready for their checkride the following day. The evaluation flight is will consist of an hour for the oral portion and 1.8 hours for the practical flight portion.
On day 9, they’re ready for their checkride! After which, if successfully completed, they’ll earn their CPLME rating!