|1||Hello, Newbie||Torrance (TOA)||Van Nuys (VNY)|
|2||Tumultuous Taos||Albuquerque (ABQ)||Taos (SKX), Durango (DRO)|
|3||San Juan Sortie||Fairchild International (CLM)||Friday Harbor (FHR), Orcas Island (ORS), Panborn Memorial (EAT)|
|4||Surf’s Up||San Luis Obispo (SBP)||Marina (OAR), Palo Alto (PAO)|
|5||George Goes Gliding||Columbia Gorge Regional (DLS)||McMinnville (MMV), Tillamook (TMK)|
|6||Border Line||Libby (S59)||Sandpoint (SZT), Bonners Ferry (65S)|
|7||Timber!||Helena (HLN)||Livingston (LVM), Big Timber (6S0)|
|8||Palms and Needles||Prescott (PRC)||Lake Havasu City (HII), Palm Springs (PSP)|
|9||Dine and Whine||Sacramento Executive (SAC)||Petaluma (O69), Oakland (OAK)|
|10||Cessna Four Twenty….One||Medford (MFR)||Weed (O46), Siskiyou Co (SIY)|
|11||Shelter in Place||Shelter Cove (0Q5)||TBA|
SkyHigh Charters is a monthly workout program for IFR pilots.
You play the role of a charter pilot with a Part 135 operator, SkyHigh Charters. A new scenario will be posted every month consisting of an origin airport and one or more legs to be flown. The scenario may call for:
- specific routes and altitudes
- specific set of approaches
- certain type of navigation equipment (or lack thereof)
- time of day
- specific weather to be used.
The flights have a number of training objectives designed to help maintain general proficiency with flying in the system as well as gradually exploring a range of advanced IFR concepts.
The first scenario is an indoctrination flight within the ZLA, simulating a ride with the Check Airman at SkyHigh Charters before taking virtual paying passengers to all corners of the PilotEdge coverage area.
While this material is presented in a Part 135 (charter) context, the tool is first and foremost a tool for Part 91 IFR proficiency. That said, those who are interested in Part 135 operations should review this forum post if they’re interested in applying Part 135 rules to the scenarios.
In addition to the published monthly scenario, pilots are encouraged to ‘dead head’ from the terminus of one scenario to the start of the next scenario. This provides an extra opportunity to fly in the system and debrief on the route with your fellow pilots in the Discord or forums.
Check out the roster here.
- I-11 rating
- active ZLA and Western US PilotEdge subscription
- scenarios must be flown in order, similar to the I-Ratings
- multi-leg scenarios must be flown back to back with minimal turnaround time at each airport
- use the SkyHigh Charters identifier SKY and radio telephony callsign “SKY HIGH” for Scenario #2 and beyond
- do NOT use the SKY identifier on dead head legs or Scenario #1
- place the scenario number in the flight plan remarks, ie, “SCENARIO 2”
- File a flight plan including the option in Block 13 to flag this as a rating attempt (Note: maximum of 2 rating attempts per day per pilot)
How Does this Work?
These scenarios are designed to be flown by a wide range of IFR pilots. Each scenario generally consists of a:
- textual brief
- short video brief
- long video brief
- cockpit video for each leg
After reading the textual brief, pilots have the option of viewing as much or as little of the video briefing and cockpit video as they wish. More advanced pilots might not view the full brief and cockpit video at all, or they might review them after they have completed the flight to compare their experience.
Other pilots might consider reviewing the textual brief, and full video brief but not the cockpit video, while a other pilots may choose to review all of the material prior to flying.
When you’re ready to conduct the scenario, connect to the network with a SKYxxx callsign (where XXX is 3 numbers. ie, SKY614, with radio telephony callsign “SKY HIGH SIX FOURTEEN”). There is no need to request an evaluation from the controller, ATC will provide a grade upon arrival (non-passing grades will be issued at the time a non-passing assessment is made). You can assume a passing grade if you arrive at the final destination and have not been issued a non-passing grade up until that point. If you do not receive word either way, prompt the controller for a grade prior to disconnecting to verify the result is being posted. As with the I-Ratings process, do not disconnect from the network without verifying that your grade has been issued. This can be confirmed via the roster or home page.
The SKY HIGH callsign should only be used on scenario-related flights, NOT the dead head legs between scenarios.