Flight Test Exercises - Preparation for Flight

9. Pilot Navigation


To determine that the candidate can use an aeronautical chart to effectively navigate from one place to another.


When requested by the examiner, the candidate will be expected to demonstrate the ability to navigate from a known position to a position assigned by the examiner. This is an assessment of ability to navigate using pilotage (map reading) and available geographic features such as roads, railways and rivers. No planning before the flight test will be done for this exercise.

The exercise will be continued at least until the stage where the aircraft is established on the proposed track or is following a suitable geographic feature in a manner that will ensure that arrival at the destination is predictable.

Performance Criteria

Assessment will be based on the candidate's ability to:

  1. identify landmarks by relating surface features to chart symbols;
  2. establish the aircraft on a track or follow a geographic feature that will lead to the assigned destination;
  3. provide an estimated time of arrival that is sufficiently accurate to ensure that the exercise can be conducted as planned; and
  4. maintain the selected altitude (±200feet).