Maintenance Check Flight

Up to now, maintenance check flights (MCFs) did not form a mandatory part of the daily ops of aircraft operators. The EASA is now regulating MCFs as of this year: Operators of “complex aeroplanes”* will be required to train an MCF crew to carry out such Level A maintenance check flights and to describe the procedures in a manual. These requirements have already been in place for helicopters since 2019. In Switzerland, these regulations came into force on 1 February 2020....

*Complex Aeroplanes

  • with a maximum certificated take-off mass exceeding 5700 kg, or
  • certificated for a maximum passenger seating configuration of more than 19, or
  • certificated for operation with a minimum crew of at least two pilots, or
  • equipped with (a) turbojet engine(s) or more than one turboprop engine.

RUAG has extensive experience spanning many decades as a service provider in the field of military and civil aircraft. In terms of MCFs for helicopters, around 130 pilots and technicians have benefited from the professional training provided by the experienced RUAG factory flight test pilots (theory training field report).

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, RUAG reserves the right to adjust the venue or the number of participants. RUAG is continuously observing the situation and is complying with the measures ordered by the Federal Council.

RUAG offers the following theory courses for aircraft operators:

Theory training

This course is aimed at pilots of fixed-wing aircraft who will be carrying out the maintenance check flights that are to be mandatory in the future, as well as technicians and engineers taking part in check flights. The theories are explained by experienced RUAG factory flight test pilots and can be applied independently of aircraft type.

Course content:

  • Framework
  • Goal and purpose
  • Organisation, CRM (crew resource management), environment
  • Check flight reports and flight profiles
  • Preparation and risk assessment
  • Procedures for all check points on the ground and in flight
  • Analysis of results and troubleshooting
Course goal To ensure that MCFs are carried out safely in accordance with the EASA (Regulation 965/2012, Annex VIII, Subpart E, Section 5 MCF).
Duration 1 day

30.06.2020, 22.09.2020, 10.11.2020

Location Emmen, Switzerland

Pilots, technicians (mechanics, avionics engineers, etc.), engineers

Number of participants 10-15 participants
Prerequisites Licensed pilot with basic technical knowledge or technician
Certificate Recognised by the EASA
Course language

German (additional explanations in English available)

Price CHF 850 plus VAT
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Demonstration flight

As part of initial training and as a supplement to the MCF theory course, the EASA stipulates that a demonstration flight must be carried out. Take your place on the back seat of a Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer and watch as one of our experienced works/test pilots demonstrates an MCF in flight with reference to tricky test points.

Date from Q3 2020

Buochs (LSZC), Dübendorf (LSMD), Lodrino (LSML), Locarno (LSZL)
The course location may vary depending on the participants’ preferences.


approx. 3 hours per participant (45-minute flight) or by arrangement


Briefing, demonstration flight, debriefing

Number of participants min. 2, max. 4 per day

Licensed pilot with basic technical knowledge or technician

Certificate Yes
Course language

German (additional explanations in English possible)

Price on request (dependent on location and number of participants)
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Additional Services

To supplement the theory course and the demonstration flight, RUAG offers a range of additional, customer-specific consultations and solutions regarding MCFs. We will happily prepare a quote for you for the following services (among others):

Individual training with your own aircraft
One of our factory flight test pilots will provide you with support and coaching in your own aircraft during an MCF.

Maintenance check flight has been carried out (aircraft types on request)
Our factory flight test pilots act as crew members during MCFs on your aircraft or carry out MCFs on your behalf.

Individual advice
We would be happy to help you create an MCF protocol and develop an MCF procedure for your aircraft.

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Course registration or request

Binding registration for the MCF theory training
Request a quote – MCF services
Type of training
Experience with technical flights

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RUAG will collect, store and process the personal data you provide for the purpose of checking and processing your request in relation to MCF training. By submitting this form, you confirm that the details you have provided are accurate and that, should these details concern third parties, you have the permission of said parties to share this data with us. Your personal data will be used by companies of the RUAG Group for the named purposes and in accordance with the applicable data protection legislation. We may share your data with service providers. We will only share your data with third parties outside of the RUAG Group if this is necessary, for example, to protect legitimate prevailing interests. If recipients are located in countries without an appropriate level of data protection, we will ensure that contractual provisions are made so that an appropriate level of protection is adhered to. You can object to the processing of your personal data at any time with future effect. Your personal data will be deleted once we have processed your request and continued storage is no longer required for the named purposes. You can request information about the personal data we have stored for you at any time.
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  • Oliver Fischer, instructor & pilot
  • Kurt Heiniger, instructor & pilot
  • Thomas Pedrazzi, Sales


RUAG Emmen


Seetalstrasse 175
6032 Emmen

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