Guidance on conducting assessments

Guidance on conducting assessments

Before you start the assessment

You should always double-check the type of assessment (VFR or IFR) before starting, as well as establishing whether the candidate is a professional or private pilot.

Choosing the correct materials

The assessment materials are divided into a number of sections:

  • IFR texts for professional pilots
  • IFR texts for inexperienced/private pilots
  • VFR texts
  • IFR photos
  • VFR photos
  • IFR open questions for professional pilots
  • IFR open questions for inexperienced/private pilots
  • IFR flights for professional pilots
  • IFR flights for inexperienced/student pilots
  • VFR flights

During the assessment, the assessor is free to choose one document from each section, depending on the pilot’s background.

Specific requirements for IFR assessments

It is a requirement of European regulations that emergency situations be discussed during an IFR assessment (there is no such requirement for VFR assessments).
You must therefore ensure that at least one of the IFR assessment documents used (from any section) has the red “E” marker, for “Emergency’.

Recording assessments

It is of paramount importance that you ensure the assessment is video recorded. Always ask yourself the question before starting: who is doing the recording?

End of the assessment

At the end of the assessment, the candidate leaves the room and the assessors discuss the level to award him or her.

Assessment with only one assessor

In many cases, it is much easier to send only one assessor to conduct assessments off-site. This will normally be an operational assessor, because they are able to conduct the radio part of the assessment. However, linguistic assessors with experience of simulating radiotelephony can also work alone on site.