Transition Training to Complex Airplanes

Transition to a complex airplane or a high-performance airplane should be accomplished through a structured course of training administered by a competent and qualified flight instructor. The training should be accomplished in accordance with a ground and flight training syllabus. [Figure]

Ground Instruction
Flight instruction
One hour
One hour
1. Operations sections of flight manual
1. Flight training maneuvers
2. Line inspection
2. Takeoffs, Landings and go-arounds
3. Cockpit familiarization

One hour
One hour
1. Aircraft loading, limitations and servicing
1. Emergency operations
2. Instruments, radio and special equipment
2. Control by reference to instruments
3. Aircraft systems
3. Use of radio and autopilot
One hour
One hour
1. Performance section of flight manual
1. Short and soft-field takeoffs and landings
2. Cruise control
2. Maximum Performance operations
3. Review

Sample transition training syllabus

This sample syllabus for transition training is an example. The arrangement of the subject matter may be changed and the emphasis shifted to fit the qualifications of the transitioning pilot, the airplane involved, and the circumstances of the training situation. The goal is to ensure proficiency standards are achieved. These standards are contained in the Practical Test Standards (PTS) or Airmen Certification Standard (ACS) as appropriate for the certificate that the transitioning pilot holds or is working towards.

The training times indicated in the syllabus are for illustration purposes. Actual times must be based on the capabilities of the pilot. The time periods may be minimal for pilots with higher qualifications or increased for pilots who do not meet certification requirements or have had little recent flight experience.