Pilot’s Licence (Gyroplane)
1.Requirements for issue of Licence—An applicant for a Pilot’s Licence (Gyroplane) shall satisfy the following requirements namely:
(a) Age—He shall not be less than seventeen years of age on the date of application.
(b) Educational Qualification—He shall have passed Class Ten or equivalent examination from a recognised Board.
(c) Medical Fitness—He shall produce on a prescribed proforma a certificate of physical fitness from an approved medical practitioner after undergoing a medical examination, during which he shall have established his medical fitness on the basis of compliance with the requirements as notified by the Director-General under rule 39B.
(d) Knowledge—He shall pass a written examination in Air Regulations, Air Navigation, Aviation Meteorology and Aircraft and Engine as per the syllabus prescribed by the Director-General:
Provided that an applicant in possession of a valid Private Pilot’s Licence (Aeroplanes)/ (Helicopters) or a higher category of Pilot’s Licence shall pass an examination in Aircraft and Engines only.
(e) Experience —He shall produce evidence of having satisfactorily completed as a Pilot of a gyroplane not less than forty hours of flight time, which shall include—
(i) not less than fifteen hours of solo flight time of which not less than ten hours shall have been completed within a period of twelve months immediately preceding the date of application.
(ii) not less than five hours of cross-country flight time as the sole occupant of a gyroplane including a flight of not less than one hundred nautical miles in the course of which full stop landings at two different points shall have been made. This flight time may be included in the flight time required under sub-clause (i).
Provided that the holder of a current Private Pilot’s Licence (Helicopter) or a higher category of Licence (Helicopter) shall be exempted from the experience requirements. Such pilots shall, however, be required to carry out familiarisation flights satisfactorily which shall be followed by not less than three solo take-offs and landings. The familiarisation flights shall be carried out under the supervision of an approved Examiner or a Flight Instructor authorised by the Director-General.
(f) Flying Training—He shall have completed flying training in accordance with the syllabus prescribed by the Director-General.
(g) Skill—He shall have demonstrated his competency to perform the procedures and manoeuvres prescribed in the syllabus to the satisfaction of an Examiner, on the type of gyroplane to which the application for the licence relates, within a period of six months immediately preceding the date of application.
2. Validity—The licence shall be valid for a period as specified in rule 39C.
3. Renewal—The licence may be renewed on receipt of satisfactory evidence of the applicant —
(a) having undergone a medical examination in accordance with para 1 (c) above; and
(b) having satisfactorily completed not less than five hours of flight time as Pilot-in-command of a gyroplane within a period of six months immediately preceding the date of application for renewal or in lieu thereof; having satisfactorily completed the flight test as laid down in para 1(g) above within a period of six months immediately preceding the date of application.
4. Aircraft Ratings—The licence shall indicate the type of gyroplane the holder is entitled to fly. An open rating for all types of gyroplane may also be granted if he has satisfactorily completed not less than one hundred hours of flight time as Pilot-in-Command of a helicopter or a gyroplane:
Provided that the privilege of the open rating shall be exercised only after having undergone familiarisation flight of minimum 45 minutes duration with a qualified gyroplane pilot having not less than one hundred fifty hours of Pilot-in-Command experience and a certificate to that effect shall be recorded by the qualified gyroplane pilot in the pilot’s log book.
5. Privileges—(a) Subject to provisions of Rules 39B, 39C and 42, the privileges of the holder of a Pilot’s Licence (Gyroplane) shall be to act as Pilot –in-Command of a gyroplane which is entered in the Aircraft Rating of his licence, under the visual flight rules.
(b) A Gyroplane Pilot shall not:
(i) carry a passenger or property for compensation or hire;
(ii) fly at night;
(iii) fly in Class D and E airspace (controlled airspace) unless he holds a valid Flight Radio Telephony Operator’s Licence (Restricted) and has been trained by an approved instructor with a log book endorsement for operation at any aerodrome with an operating control tower;
(iv) fly at an altitude of more than 10,000 feet mean sea level or 2000 feet above ground level, whichever is higher;
(v) fly when flight or surface visibility is less than 5000 meter;
(vi) fly without visual reference to surface;
(vii) fly contrary to any operating limitation placed on the special certificate of airworthiness of the aircraft being flown; and
(viii) fly contrary to any limit on pilot licence or medical or any other limit.
(c) Fly another type of gyroplane after familiarisation of 2 hours under the supervision of qualified pilot on that type and a certificate to that effect shall be recorded by the qualified gyroplane pilot of that aircraft in the pilot’s log book.
(d) The holder of a Pilot Licence (Gyroplane) having a total experience of 100 hours of flight time as Pilot-in-Command on a gyroplane may impart flying instructions on a gyroplane subject to the condition that he has been assessed fit for imparting training by an examiner approved by the Director General.
(e) The holder of a Flight Instructor’s Rating (Helicopter) having total experience of 15 hours of flight time as Pilot-in-Command on a gyroplane may impart instructional training on a gyroplane.
Inserted by GSR 1358(E) dated 01-11-2017