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Old 9th Jun 2017, 12:31   #221 (permalink)
 
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Paco would probably be the guy to ask...
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Old 9th Jun 2017, 15:33   #222 (permalink)

 
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I would probably talk to Martin Sims at Atlantic Helicopters in Florida - he does EASA check rides.

For IR currency, Helicopter Services at Wycombe might also be a good bet.

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Thanks a lot Paco! I wrote twice to Helicopter Service at Wycombe, but I never receive a reply and I still haven't understood the reason, however I prefer to contact Atlantic Helic. once arrived in the USA ;-)
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They had a bit of an accident recently....

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+1 for Martin Sims. I have flown with him at Atlantic on two different trips to the US and found him to be excellent. I would suggest contacting him in advance, rather than waiting til you get to the USA as he is sometimes back in the UK to revalidate his own ratings etc.
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+1 for Martin Sims. I have flown with him at Atlantic on two different trips to the US and found him to be excellent. I would suggest contacting him in advance, rather than waiting til you get to the USA as he is sometimes back in the UK to revalidate his own ratings etc.

+1 For Martin Sims from me too. Done my FAA to EASA CPLH conversion with him in Fort Pierce, FL, very knowledgeable guy, excellent instructor. He does all the EASA skills tests for Bristow in Titusville btw.

I'm not sure though about the EASA-IR checkrides of any sort on a piston. FAA, sure. EASA won't allow this, I'm pretty sure.

But get in touch with him
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Old 10th Jun 2017, 15:39   #227 (permalink)
 
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Relevant part of EASA 1178/2011 reg. substantially sets that an IR(H) Renewal / Revalidation Prof. Check has to be performed to an ATO... Well, but there would be the need of an approved Instrument Rating Examiner (also rated on type I suppose). Helicopters for that purpose have to be EASA registered and IFR certified. Operational manual has to detail pertinent procedures, etc... No problem here in Europe, of course, but outside? Sure at this point I'll write soon to Atlantic helic., but I'm afraid I'll have to come back in Europe for annual EASA IR check. Anyway thanks to all for the help, I let you know soon if news incoming...
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For Muermel: EASA FCL.630.H IR(H) — Extension of privileges from single-engine to multi-engine helicopters.
Holders of an IR(H) valid for single-engine helicopters wishing to extend for the first time the IR(H) to multi-engine helicopters shall complete:
(a) a training course at an ATO comprising at least 5 hours dual instrument instruction time, of which 3 hours may be in an FFS or FTD 2/3 or FNPT II/III; and
(b) section 5 of the skill test in accordance with Appendix 9 to this Part on multi-engine helicopters.

Some EASA Countries accept but not implement the single-engine IR(H) because they simply don't certify single engine IFR helicopters, so all training and checks must be done on SIM and on IFR certified twin-turbine helicopters. However, unless an employer will pay those expensive prof. checks, I prefer to maintain my ATPL(H)/IR theory and IR(H) privileges on single-engine (I'm referring to R22 and R44 IFR trainers).
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Sorry guys, I would like to correct my previous posts: only multi-engine helicopters are allowed to perform IFR in EASAland. I also have heard that starting from this year some Countries within EASA have decided to abrogate also single-engine piston IFR trainers for IR(H) courses, so 40hrs SIM and the rest on twin-engine helo.

Other States permit to perform Revalidation / Renewal on FFS only (at alternate years with the real helicopter).

However let me to express my opinion: EASA Regulation is never clear enough and for revalidation purposes they should permit at least an R44 (and the same category of helicopters provided with the IFR cockpit) or FNTP2 simulator.

It's only my opinion...

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