⚠️ What is SEP(land) LPC ✈️
SEP(land) proficiency check, LPC, also known as prof check or license proficiency check is the checkride - with an EASA examiner for re-validation of your current SEP(land) class rating for next period of validity. Successfully passed EASA SEP(land) LPC is the requirement for flying in single-engine piston aeroplanes as pilot-in-command beyond the current expiry date endorsed in your certificate of revalidation. The revalidation of SEP(land) applies only within the validity period of the respective class rating.
SEP(land) class rating serves as alternate for the revalidation by experience. If you as a pilot have recent experience in flying SEP(land) aeroplane within the period of validity - required by FCL.740.A(b)(1)(ii), you are exempted from flying the SEP(land) proficiency check.
Revalidation Proficiency check may also be combined with the proficiency check required and directed by Operational suitability data for the particular variant of single-engine aeroplane.
EASA SEP(land) prof check in general
An EASA SEP(land) prof check for revalidation of the single-engine SEP(land) class rating is subject of paragraph FCL.740.A(b)(1). The proficiency check has to be done by either class rating examiner - CRE SEP(land) or by Flight Examiner - FE(A) with SEP(land) privileges. Even though it is always vital, the SEP(land) LPC can be done without any prior training or refresh flight. The revalidation LPC can also be done outside of the EASA flight school. So even the privately owned aircraft can be used for the purpose of SEP(land) revalidation proficiency check.
In accordance with FCL.740.A(a)(4), the revalidation of a basic instrument rating or an class-related instrument rating, if held, may be combined with a SEP(land) proficiency check.
Scope of ✈️ SEP(land) proficiency check
EASA proficiency check SEP(land) for revalidation of class rating for single-engine aeroplanes is subject to the paragraph FCL.740.A(b)(1). The scope of the checkride with examiner is described in Appendix 9 of Part-FCL, Regulation (EC) 1178/2011.
SEP(land) holder has to demonstrate ability to perform maneuvers, procedures on that particular variant of single-engine piston aeroplane with competency appropriate to the privileges granted as an pilot in command (PIC) to the flight examiner - FE(A), or to the class rating examiner - CRE SEP(land).
The duration of entire SEP(land) license proficiency check takes approximately 1 hour in total. The flight with the EASA flight examiner takes approximately 30-45 minutes of the block time. The rest of the time is used for the preparation of the check flight (briefing, debriefing and any oral theoretical knowledge examination).
The SEP(land) LPC includes following items:
- general handling of the aeroplane (normal procedures)
- general handling of the aeroplane (abnormal and emergency procedures)
Route of the cross-country flight will be chosen by the flight examiner. The candidate is responsible for flight planning and he is also responsible to ensure that all equipment and all documents, certificates and materials required for the flight are on board of the aircraft during the EASA checkride. When instrument rating is being revalidated, the route sector usually consists of the IFR enroute flight.
Pass criteria ✅ of EASA SEP(land) prof check
Conditions for pass of the SEP(land) LPC are the same as for any other EASA class rating proficiency check for single pilot aeroplane.
EASA SEP(land) proficiency check is split into different sections representing the different phases of flight at the appropriate category (aeroplanes) and specific class of the aeroplane - single engine piston - SEP(Land) of the aeroplane used for the prof check.
We are authorised to provide an EASA LPC for revalidation of the single-engine piston class rating in various variants of SEP(land) class for example:
- Diamond DA-40 Star
- Diamond DA-20 Katana
- Cessna 172
- Cessna 152
- and many other
Cross-credit of single-engine class ratings
If hold in addition to your SEP(land) class rating also TMG - touring motor-gliders class rating, you can revalidate both class ratings at the same time. After sucessfull completion of the EASA SEP(land) proficiency check, TMG class rating can also be revalidated at the same time.
In accordance with FCL.740.A(b)(2) if you hold both a single-engine piston aeroplane-land class rating and a TMG class rating, they may complete the requirements of revalidation in either class or a combination thereof, and achieve revalidation of both ratings. In other words, this means that if you have both class ratings - SEP(land) and TMG endorsed in your license, it is sufficient to pass an EASA license proficiency check (LPC) on only one class and the other one will be revalidated at the same time. This does not apply for the single-engine turbo prop aeroplanes. For revalidation of single-engine turboprop class ratings applicants shall pass a proficiency check on the relevant class in accordance with Appendix 9.
Validity of SEP(land) class rating
Validity of the EASA single-engine piston SEP(land) class rating in accordance with FCL.740(a) is 24 months (2 years). The validity period starts by the day of the EASA SEP(land) prof check and ends up by the last day of the month plus 24 months. If the SEP(land) LPC has been failed, the SEP(land) class rating privileges becoming suspended and you will not be able to exercise of SEP(land) class rating privileges iaw FCL.740.A(c). The validity of the SEP(land) class rating can be again revalidated 90 days (3 months) prior expiry date with keeping current expiry pattern - FCL.740.A(b)(1)(i).
✅ SEP(land) validity example - normal pattern
Class rating SEP(land) is valid until 31 JULY 2022 and the EASA SEP(land) prof check has been successfully passed at 25 MAY 2022.
- New expiry date: 31 JULY 2024
- Reason: Revalidation done within period 90 days preceding the expiry date
✅ SEP(land) validity example - shortened pattern
Class rating SEP(land) is valid until 31 JULY 2022 and the EASA SEP(land) prof check has been successfully passed at 28. April 2022.
- New expiry date: 30 APRIL 2024
- Reason: Revalidation done outside (ahead) period 90 days preceding the expiry date
✅ SEP(land) validity example - renewal required
Class rating SEP(land) is valid until 31 JULY 2022 and you have done your EASA SEP(land) prof check 01 AUGUST 2022.
- Your CAA will most likely reject your application and void the prof check
- Reason: SEP(land) class rating has expired and you need to attend renewal procedure provided by flight school