High Altitude Endorsements
Legal Framework: A high altitude endorsement is required per FAR 61.31(g) for PIC operation of aircraft with a service ceiling above Flight Level 250 (25,000 ft). The requirements include:
- Ground training in high altitude physiology, aerodynamics, weather and aircraft systems and operations.
- Operational flight training in an appropriate aircraft above FL250.
- Specific parts of the checkouts can be conducted in an FAA approved Elite RC-1 full vision (5 screen) simulator powered by X-plane at our affiliated partner California Airways in Hayward.
- Examples include rapid decompression-VNE descents, and single engine approaches to CAT I or CAT II minimums. Details of the subjects to receive instruction and training in are outlined in AC 61-107. The High Altitude Endorsement can be combined with the also seprately availabe RSVM (Reduced Vertical Separation Minimums) ground training.