Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 CAT-ratings

CAT-01 rating

Non-Towered to Non-Towered. Conduct a flight from Oceano County Airport (L52) to New Cuyama Airport (L88) without any air traffic control services.

PASSED

Already passed the V-1 and V-2 ratings in the old days of PilotEdge. Here I was still flying P3D with the A2A C172 :-) Passed!

CAT-02 rating

Non-Towered to Class D. Conduct a flight from New Cuyama Airport (L88) to San Luis County Regional Airport (KSBP) without any en-route air traffic control services.

PASSED

Simple flight to San Luis. However, Keith Smith (PilotEdge CEO) and a friend decided to join in to do some patterns at L88. Man, that was challenging! 

CAT-03 rating

Pattern work, 3 laps. Conduct 3 laps of the traffic pattern at San Luis County Regional Airport (KSBP)

PASSED

Traffic pattern flying at San Luis with another pilot in the pattern. Simple but much fun.

CAT-04 rating

Class D to Class D. San Luis County Regional Airport (KSBP) to Santa Maria Airport (KSMX) without any en-route air traffic control services

PASSED

Loved this rating. A simple but cute hop from San Luis to Santa Maria :-)

CAT-05 rating

Class D to Class D with Flight Following. Santa Maria Airport (KSMX) to Bakersfield Meadows Field (KBFL) and obtain VFR Traffic Advisories en-route

PASSED

Demonstrated proper use of Flight Following and enjoyed the nice Bakersfield scenery toward KBFL. Passed!

CAT-06 rating

Class D to Class D with Flight Following from the Ground. Santa Maria Airport (KSMX) to Bakersfield Meadows Field (KBFL) and obtain VFR Traffic Advisories en-route

PASSED

An interesting VFR transition through a MOA. And, my first stream with my new DXRacer chair :-) 

CAT-07 rating

Class C Transition. San Bernardino International Airport (KSBD) to El Monte Airport (KEMT) and transition the KONT Class C airspace en-route

PASSED

Continued with the CATs after I converted to X-Plane 11 many episodes later. Although MVMC largely dominated the flight, I successfully passed this rating. My girlfriend as SIC :-)

CAT-08 rating

Class C Departure and Arrival. Santa Barbara Airport (KSBA) to Burbank Airport (KBUR)

PASSED

Except for mistaking my departure airport for my destination airport, I passed the CAT-08 with ease. Probably one of the most scenic ratings. Loved it!

CAT-09 rating

Class B Flyways. Burbank Airport (KBUR) to Fullerton Airport (KFUL) utilizing Flyways under the Los Angeles Class B Airspace

PASSED

A nice short-range rating, but still managed to almost fail this one :p Unexpectedly received a big acknowledgment of my channel by the PilotEdge Ground controller!

CAT-10 rating

Class B Published Transitions. Torrance Airport (KTOA) to Van Nuys Airport (KVNY) then a second flight from Van Nuys Airport (KVNY) to Santa Ana-John Wayne Airport (KSNA) utilizing multiple transitions through the Los Angeles Class Bravo Airspace

PASSED

This was a tough one! Thus, much fun! Failed my first attempt (see here), but passed the second time with acknowledgments by the controller :-) Sometimes your win some, sometimes your learn some.

CAT-11 rating

Class B Departure and Arrival. Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX) to San Diego Lindburg Airport (KSAN).

PASSED

YES! PASSED! A quite comfortable, easy, still unreal final checkride. I didn't know we could fly VFR at Bravo airports. Much fun!

Season 2 video preview

Completed my VFR training! Wow. You managed to watch over more than 150 hours of my VFR training flights in flight simulator. Have a look at this nice video trailer for season 2 of my series: Learning to fly on instruments.

Preview

YES! PASSED! A quite comfortable, easy, still unreal final checkride. I didn't know we could fly VFR at Bravo airports. Much fun!

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