Requirments for the – HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPLEX AIRCRAFT COURSE – HPA
Required on e.g. Cessna 525; Beechcraft 90-200; many others, if you don’t hold at least the ICAO or EU ATPL theory course
Approved Course as per EU- reg. 1178/2011; part FCL.720.A; Class- and Type Rating List of EASA
Applicants for the issue of a first class or type rating on a single-pilot aeroplane seeking the privilege to operate the aeroplane in multi-pilot operations shall meet the requirements in points (b)(4) and (b)(5). Additionally, for:
Applicants for the issue of a first class or type rating on a single-pilot multi-engine aeroplane shall have completed at least 70 hours as PIC in aeroplanes.
Before starting flight training, applicants for the issue of a class or type rating for a single-pilot aeroplane classified as a high-performance aeroplane shall:
(A) hold a certificate of satisfactory completion of a course for additional theoretical knowledge undertaken at an ATO; “THIS IS THE HPA / QUALIFICATION” or
(B) have passed the ATPL(A) theoretical knowledge examinations in accordance with this Annex (Part-FCL); or
(C) hold, in addition to a licence issued in accordance with this Annex (Part-FCL), an ATPL(A) or CPL(A)/IR with theoretical knowledge credit for ATPL(A), issued in accordance with Annex 1 to the Chicago Convention.
Applicants for the issue of a type rating for a complex single-pilot aeroplane classified as a high performance aeroplane shall, in addition to meeting the requirements in point (2), hold or have held a single- or multi-engine IR(A), as appropriate and as established in Subpart G and shall meet the requirements in point (b)(5). (e.g. Cessna 525; BE 90-99-100-200; BE-300-1900; EMB 100-300-300er; others…)
For the definition of a class or type rating for a high performance aircraft with one pilot the following has to be considered:
- Type of engine
- Aircraft systems and the performance of these systems
- Performance of the Navigation (PBN) / Avionic systems
- Performance for take-off, cruise, landing, missed approach,
- Handling characteristics, Avionic package,
- EASA class- & type rating list in the latest current version, see e.g.
Type Rating & License Endorsement List Flight Crew – All Aircraft excluding Helicopters e.g. -Feb. 2020-
The EASA type rating and licence endorsement lists constitute the class and type of aircraft categorisations in accordance with FCL.010 (category of aircraft, class of aeroplane, and type of aircraft) and FCL.700 of Annex I (Part-FCL) to Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 of 3 November 2011, as well as in accordance with GM1 FCL.700. Furthermore, the lists provide aircraft-specific references relevant to flight crew qualifications and air operations. Additional information concerning these lists is provided in the associated explanatory notes
Aircraft which are considered as high performance aircraft are highlighted within the EASA Class and Type rating list with the addition „HPA“ (High Performance Aeroplane), see table below as e.g.,