Maintenance Check Flight

Today, Maintenance Check Flights (MCFs) are not part of the everyday flying life of a helicopter crew. EASA has re-regulated the MCFs from 2019. All helicopter operators – especially of complex helicopters – are therefore obliged to train their MCF crew for these flights and to describe corresponding procedures in a manual....

MCFs are an important cost driver in helicopter maintenance. If these flights are carried out safely, competently, completely and quickly, it helps the helicopter operator or owner to save costs. RUAG offers EASA-compliant trainings tailored to customers’ requirements (theory, practice, consulting). This way, resources can be optimised and safety can be increased.

RUAG has more than 40 years of experience as a service provider for selected civil and military helicopters. Over 130 pilots and technicians have so far benefited from the professional training provided by the experienced RUAG factory and test pilots (Field Report Theory Training). RUAG offers the following training courses:

Theory Training

The course is primarily aimed at helicopter pilots who carry out MCFs after maintenance work or wish to do so in the future. However, it is also suitable for technicians (mechanics, avionics, etc.) who are confronted with check flights in their work. The course content is taught by an experienced RUAG factory or test pilot and is carried out independently of the helicopter type.

Course content:


  • Aim and purpose of MCFs
  • Legal aspects: EASA regulations concerning MCFs
  • Organisation of MCFs:
    Crew composition, definition of tasks and responsibilities, briefing requirements, checklists, decision making, development of a flight programme, risk assessment, CRM (Customer Relationship Management)
  • Techniques for checks of various systems:
    Engine performance/-checks, airframe performance, track and balance (main and tail rotor), performance measurement, hydraulic, communications, navigation, stabilisation systems, autorotation
  • Environmental conditions, helicopter handling, autorotation, VNE
  • Review of failure cases specific to these checks
  • Post-flight analysis


Course objectives Training for the optimal and safe execution of MCFs
Duration 1 day

16.10.2020 (EN) 

Location Alpnach, Switzerland

Helicopter pilots
Technicians (mechanics, avionics, etc.)

previous knowledge
Licensed pilot or technician advantageous
Certificate Yes
Course language

German or English
Course documentation available in German and English

Costs CHF 680 excl. VAT

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Training with Simulator

The practical implementation in the simulator is recommended as initial training but also as a supplement to the RUAG MCF Theory Training. RUAG offers this training on a full-flight level D EC135/635 or Super Puma AS332/532 simulator. In the detailed briefing and simulator flying, the craft of the MCF is learned on a customer-specific basis.

Location: Emmen, Switzerland
Duration: approx. 3 hours per pilot (1 hour simulator) or by arrangement
Requirements: Licensed pilot or technician advantageous (no EC135 or AS332 type rating required)
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Training with your own helicopter

Are you about to conduct check flights and would like to benefit from the support of professional and experienced test pilots? Then RUAG is the right address for you. Whether as a training or as a check flight before or after maintenance. We are happy to prepare a customer-specific offer dedicated to your requirements.

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Training & Consulting

Maintenance Check Flight MCF Individual Training

With its experienced factory and test pilots, RUAG offers customer-specific consulting and solutions for MCFs. We are happy to make you an offer for the following services, among others:

  • MCF theory training at customer’s site  
  • MCF practical training on customer’s helicopter or customer’s simulator
  • Support in creating procedure manuals and checklists
  • Advice on safety briefings / risk assessments


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Instructor Team

Beat Furrer, Instructor & Pilot
Kurt Heiniger, Instructor & Pilot


Location Alpnach


RUAG MRO Switzerland

Eichistrasse 13
6055 Alpnach

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We also offer Maintenance Check Flights for Complex Aeroplanes. Please click here for further information.