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BECOME A KLM AIRCRAFT CERTIFIED PILOT

Introduction

Timetable
KLM-VA pilots have the option to participate in our scheduled flights program.
Pilots can become certified on any of the current KLM aircraft: Airbus A330, Boeing 737, -777 and -787 and the Embraer 175/190.
A pilot can become certified on an aircraft-type by flying a number (percentage) of the flights of the KLM-schedule of that type.
The KLM-VA pilot that succeeds in becoming a type certified pilot will be granted a special certificate on the profile for the flying services achieved!


Type rating certificates:

 
2021
 
2020

Searching a scheduled flight

Any KLM pilot can start a type certification at any given moment within his KLM career.
We have created a database of all current active KLM flights flown by all the aircraft types.
This database is kept up-to-date at a regular basis.
As real KLM Operations decide for many different reasons which aircraft to fly what flight number, it will happen that more than one aircraft type can be selected for the same flight number.
Example: KL0427 is flown to Dubai with both Boeing-777 and with Boeing-787 aircraft.
The database of KLM IATA-flights is available from the “Search scheduled flight” tab. It shows the complete inventory of the active KLM-VA scheduled flights.
A pilot wanting to start a type-certification first selects his specific aircraft type within these pages. They are by default sorted on flight numbers.
There are several ways to approach the database, two of which are shown below:
a) Click on the "Search scheduled flight" menu and then sort on any available colomn to find a specific flight,
   like Departure, Arrival or Aircrafttype.
   
b) Another useful way to find a specific flight is to make use of the Search function.
   Click in the "Search scheduled flight" menu on a selective Aircrafttype: A33x, B73x, B74x, B77x, B78x, E1xx or F70,
   or fill in any other search criterion; this will filter out only the specific flights for that search criterion.
   Any flightnumber displayed in the color orange has already been flown (by you) and counts only once.
   

Certificates

The KLM-VA pilot has to complete at least 50%, 75% or 100% of all available flights of a specific aircrafttype to get the following certification status:
50% = bronze 75% = silver 100% = gold
As in real life KLM operations, the scheduled flights databases are updated on a regular interval and thus your type rating status can and will change in time: aircraft types will be phased out or new aircraft types will be introduced, routes will change and so on.
Phasing-in or –out of aircraft types will influence greatly the percentages of approved scheduled flights you have. So be aware that the percentages will change, as they depend not only on the number of acknowledged scheduled flights you have made but also on the updating process of the schedules. Even the color of your medal can change without you doing anything...
On that note: once an active aircraft type being phased out has reached a minimum number of required flights, the Type certification is transfered to the Historic Aircrafttype certification program, examples of which are the MD-11 and Fokker 70/100 schedules.
One more thing about the certificates: they can be current or non-current. A certificate is current if you have flown 12 flights or more on the aircraft type in the last 365 days. Whether these 12 flights are scheduled flights or non scheduled flights does not matter. The certificate has a stamp with the year it was last current. If at the end of a year you have flown less than 12 flights with the aircraft type of the certificate, the year-stamp will not be renewed until you have met the rule of 12 flights in the last 365 days.

Rules:

The following rules apply to the scheduled flights; our system will check adherence to these rules fully automatically:

- Fly online
- KLM Callsign only!
- Mention SCHEDULE/IATA-code in the REMARKS field of the Flightplan. For instance: SCHEDULE/KL0428
- The flightnumber always uses 4 digits!
- ICAO airport codes in the Flightplan must be correct at the start of the leg, before going off-blocks.
- Departure and arrival locations (coördinates) are checked against the ICAO codes.
- The pilot is responsible to ensure the flightplan is correct before takeoff;
   take special care to use correct Departure / Arrival ICAO codes, Flightrules (I) and Type of Flight (S)
- ICAO Aircraft type in the Flightplan must be correct for that specific scheduled flight
   Noncompliance with these rules will result in your leg being rejected!