Suggestions for Doing Well on Your Checkride
- Know what is expected of you. Study the FAA's Private Pilot Practical
Test Standards. Talk with others who recently took checkrides with your
examiner. Talk with the examiner, some will offer suggestions and advice,
- Use a familiar airplane, such as the one in which you've been training.
If necessary, delay or reschedule your checkride. Avoid marginal situations,
such as an unfamiliar airplane, bad weather, personal illness, or the like.
And be sure to eat and drink enough to keep oxygen flowing to your brain
the entire time.
- If possible, fly with the examiner (or another instructor) before your
checkride as a final progress check. This will give you additional confidence.
- Stay Relaxed! The examiner is not trying to be negative or fail you!
You are the pilot-in-command on this flight. Think of the examiner as your
first real passenger.
- Explain what you are doing. If you think you've made a mistake, explain
it to the examiner and ask if you should do it over.
- Don't think you've failed because the examiner is taking notes. They
are most likely reminders for your post-flight critique. If you've failed,
you'll know immediately because the checkride will be terminated immediately.
- Don't try to second guess the examiner. Doing a maneuver when you're
not sure what's expected is counter-productive. Reading the examiner's
mind is not a checkride requirement. When in doubt, ask.
- During the oral, if you are not sure of something, tell the examiner
and indicate where you would find the answer, such as the FAR's, pilot's
operating handbook, or the aircraft's equipment list. Ask the examiner
questions about anything you don't understand.
- During the flight test you must be in control of the aircraft. If you
have trouble with a maneuver, explain what you did wrong and offer to do
it again. Many examiners will give you a second try with no penalty.
- THINK AHEAD! BE PREPARED! DO THE BEST YOU CAN! HAVE FUN!!