P2 Rating Question

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UAL916 Ray Browell
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P2 Rating Question

Post by UAL916 Ray Browell » Jan 5th, '18, 19:48

Is P2 rating instructor only or is it stand alone as well like P1 was? I only ask due to my schedule being so bad now days with schooling. I'm 45 and 3 months shy of the door for graduation. Busy busy! Now that I got P1, P2 is kicking me in the pants real hard. :D
If I could I would. If I don't, it's because I am lazy!

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UAL277 Kevin Finch
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Re: P2 Rating Question

Post by UAL277 Kevin Finch » Jan 8th, '18, 11:14

P2 is a little more complex than P1, in that it involves an online verbal test and checkride; two separate events; TeamSpeak needed for both. You schedule an online session with one of the VATSTAR instructors, lasts about 30-60 minutes. When you pass the verbal, you schedule the checkride (you have to d/l some software for the examiner to see what you're doing; somewhat like a shared cockpit; pretty easy to configure). The checkride takes about 30-45 minutes. I flew the Cessna because it's usually between one towered and one non-towered airfield, depending what's online.

One tip, regarding the VATSTAR training materials... There's usually a challenge question at the top and they say that if you get it correct, you can advance to the next lesson. I suggest that you read every lesson and complete the short quiz at the end. It will give you a better sense of how well prepared you are for the online verbal test.

I passed both on the first attempt, even though I do precious little GA flying; working on my P4 - IFR - right now.

My recommendation would be to hold off until you graduate and then set aside some time to go through the VATSTAR P2 training. It's not like your vUAL virtual pay is going up for the extra qualification... :D
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UAL916 Ray Browell
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Re: P2 Rating Question

Post by UAL916 Ray Browell » Jan 23rd, '18, 01:58

I hear ya on waiting. Yeah, I'm about 2 months to the door. Last classes start in Feb I should be done sometime around the end of March or early April.

I'm actually trying to figure out if it is worth the effort or not (P2). I really struggle with flying anymore. Years back it was nothing to turn in 200 hours a month and work full time. Now, I'm lucky to fly once a month just to stay alive in the VA. I wish it had as much meaning to me as it once did. I am trying to get some steam back in me. I have been flying on FS Economy a lot lately.
If I could I would. If I don't, it's because I am lazy!

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