The regs state the following, requiring a post-maintenance test pilot rating:
So is an oil change a test flight? where would the line be drawn?Requirement for test flight
61.19.2 A test flight shall be carried out—
(a) prior to the initial issuing of a certificate of airworthiness;
(b) for the validation or rendering effective of a certificate of airworthiness;
(c) after maintenance, adjustments or repair to an aircraft which is or likely to affect the flying characteristics of the aircraft and as stipulated in the maintenance manual; or
(d) when prescribed by the Director.
Where would tracking and balancing fit in?
To make things a bit more murky:
The wording is all quite vague and broad and potentially open for interpretation.Circumstances not requiring a test pilot rating
61.19.6 In the event that there are circumstances which cannot be categorised as test flight that would require the pilot to hold a test pilot rating, the pilot must be rated as PIC within the category of aircraft, on the type or within the class of aircraft for the test flights as defined.
Circumstances requiring a test pilot rating
61.19.7 The circumstances that would require the pilot to hold a test pilot rating for the PIC include a test flight, maintenance test flight, import test flight and an experimental or a prototype test flight.