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Which one of the following statements is NOT accurate concerning cruise relief co-pilots?

  • A

    A relief co-pilot requires a type rating on the aircraft.

  • B

    A relief co-pilot does not need to be qualified to land or take-off.

  • C

    A relief co-pilot can fly the aircraft as long as it is below FL200.

  • D

    The minimum qualification for a relief co-pilot is a commercial pilot license (CPL).

According to the Regulation (EU) No 965/2012, ANNEX III (Part-ORO), SUBPART FC: FLIGHT CREW "ORO.FC.A.201 In-flight relief of flight crew members", among others, is prescribed that:

(b) The co-pilot may be relieved by:

(1) another suitably qualified pilot;
(2) for operations only above FL200, a cruise relief co-pilot that complies with the following minimum qualifications:

(i) valid commercial pilot licence (CPL) with an instrument rating;

(ii) conversion training and checking, including type rating training, in accordance with ORO.FC.220 except the requirement for take-off and landing training;

(iii) recurrent training and checking in accordance with ORO.FC.230 except the requirement for take-off and landing training.

Therefore, the correct answer is "A relief pilot can fly the aircraft as long as it is below FL200".

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