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Pilot Training, Checkrides and Preparation Tips For Student Pilots

Pilot Training, Checkrides and Preparation Tips For Student PilotsFlight schools work tirelessly to get you ready for one day in particular, your checkride. Flight schools are even graded based upon the pass fail rate of theirs didn’t pilots during their checkride. Your CFI is graded based upon the pass fail rate of his or her students .

Remember, there is no way in the world your CFI would recommend you take your checkride if he or she did not think you are absolutely 100% ready.

Verbalize Your Actions

Throughout the entire process of the practical side of your checkride make sure you’re verbalizing everything you do. This will ensure your examiner understands you’re well aware of what needs to be done and the fact that you’re doing it. A good example of this would be clearing turns. Simply say under your breath but loud enough that he or she can hear you, “clearing to the left” and “clearing to the right.” You may think this is redundant or pointless but, it’s a good safeguard.

Be the Pilot-in-Command

As you’re walking out to the aircraft with the designated examiner constantly reinforce to your self “I am the pilot in command, he or she is a passenger.” As you approach the aircraft talk to your examiner as if they had never been in a small aircraft prior to that day. Let them know what you’re going to do and let them know what you need of them. Once you’re in the cockpit make sure it you do not forget to pre-flight passenger briefing. This is critical. It is an FAA requirement for your passengers to have their seat belts on during takeoff and landing.

You’re a Pilot Until Proven Otherwise

Most student pilots are extremely nervous about taking a checkride. In reality, the designated examiner goes into this process believing you have exactly what it takes to be a private pilot certificate holder. He or she will trust the CFI’s decision to sign off your authorization to take your checkride. At this point the only way you can fail is if you prove you’re not capable of piloting the plane safely. Similar to our legal system in the United States where you’re innocent until proven guilty, during your checkride you’re a pilot until proven otherwise.

Set your Radio Pre-sets

Since you have already planned out your initial flight and gone over this with your designated examiner, you will know exactly what VOR you will need to use when you first leave the airport. You’ll also know the departure frequency for the control tower you’ll be using. Do yourself a huge favor and have these items already programmed into your NAV/COM system. There is no reason you need to be doing your takeoff procedures and fumbling with your NAV/COM in order to get your proper VOR frequency dialed in.

Handling Checkride Disagreements with Examiners

Designated examiners don’t intentionally alienate customers. They know that, in many places, students and instructors have a choice when selecting an examiner to administer the practical test. They want instructors to keep bringing students to them almost as much as they want to ensure that candidates for the private pilot certificate are ready to take on those privileges and responsibilities safely. Of course, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for confusion and disagreement.

Logbook endorsements are often at the heart of disputes over whether or not a candidate is qualified to take the practical test. These endorsements must be precisely worded to meet the standards set out in the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs). For many years, instructors endorsed their students’ logbooks with the words, “I have given the necessary instruction and find the student competent to pass the checkride.” Updated language for FAR 61.39 calls for the endorsement to say that the student “has received and logged” the appropriate training time and is “prepared for” the checkride. This change was designed, in part, to help students who have had more than one instructor save time and money. Under the old wording, the instructor signing the endorsement was required to provide all of the needed instruction. The newer wording allows a student’s second or subsequent instructor to provide the endorsement even though another instructor provided some portion of the training. According to FAR 61.49, an instructor endorsing a student to retake the practical test must say that the student is “proficient to pass” the exam. The exact wording of an endorsement may seem trivial, but many examiners are reluctant to accept wording that they consider to be obsolete.

While disagreements over actual test procedures are infrequent, you can reduce the likelihood of running into problems by familiarizing yourself with the rules, which are described in FAR 61.43. The examiner may also explain the ground rules to you before the test begins. Professional test-givers know that applicants relax when they understand the process from the outset.

Hopefully these tips will help you get ready for your checkride. Remember, there is no secret formula for passing your checkride. Either you know what you’re doing or you don’t.

Flight School Pro Pilot Programs At Aviator

The programs at Aviator Academy are designed to provide what the airline industry demands of future commercial pilots. The training you will receive at Aviator is one of the most intensive and challenging programs offered in aviation today.

The school’s new 37,000 sq. ft. training facilities are open from 7 am to 6 pm daily and provisions are made to access the aircraft for flight training 24 hours-a-day, rain or shine.

During your flight training you will fly a total of 259 hours, of which 200 hours will be in a multi-engine aircraft. The ground school portion is a structured classroom environment. You will receive a minimum of 643 instructional hours, including all of the ground and flight training.

Please contact us to receive detailed information about pilot training courses of your choice or schedule a visit to see Aviator Flight Training Academy.

Distributed by Viestly

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