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Any PPL Checkride Tips And Hints?  
User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 7226 times:

I should have my checkride pretty soon, just wondering if you have anything that will make the checkride (oral) any easier.

I do feel pretty confident in most of the stuff, but WX info has always screwed me up, as I always forget the valid times and issue times for charts, text stuff etc.

I'd really appreciate any kind of acronym, tip, etc... that will help with the memory items.

Thx abunch  Smile

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User currently offlineXJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2511 posts, RR: 42
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7197 times:

The big thing that my examiner had me go over was the sectionals. That was the largest thing that we went over. I mean he did ask me a few questions from each section in the Private oral exam guide. That would be my suggestion as to what you want to go over. Each examiner is different in their approach as to how they want you to answer and, once in the practical, how to fly. Just hammer out the oral exam guide. My examiner went straight from that book. Hope this helps.


Look ma' no hands!
User currently offline5T6 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 283 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 7176 times:

I'll second what XJR said. I just passed my PPL Checkride last weekend  biggrin  and a BIG part of the oral exam was my cross country planning and the sectional...knowing the airspace in and around your airport and along your flight path!! Be sure you've done a good Weight & Balance, too!

We also spent a good amount of time on the FAR's as they relate to what you can and cannot do with your Private license, visibility and cloud clearance requirements for ALL types of airspace and safety/emergency procedures.

I think a lot of DE's go over the cross country stuff first off - - if you can dazzle 'em with that, it'll make the rest of the exam go easy!

And as a tip - - have all your paperwork neatly arranged in file folders. One for your personal stuff like logbook, written exam results, copy of medical, etc. Another for your cross country planning and the W&B, and a third with all the info on the aircraft.

If you've got a spare $100, order the Pre-Checkride DVD from King Schools -it's a great help!

Good Luck!


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User currently offlineWoodreau From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1190 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 7155 times:

This guy is selling his copy of the King's PPL Checkride DVD

My problems started after having talked about FARs, charts, crosscountry planning, when my DE started asking questions about the engine and what was attached to it, e.g. what makes the vacuum pump work? what makes the magnetos work?

Bonus animus sit, ab experientia. Quod salvatum fuerit de malis usu venit judicium.
User currently offlinePaveLowDriver From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 7128 times:


Here's the best advice I can give you - Get a copy of the Practical Test Standards (if you don't all ready have one) and learn it. By the FARs, the examiner can't ask you anything that isn't covered in it.

Folks always try to find shortcuts and study guide gouge to try to found out the "silver bullet" questions an examiner might ask - don't waste your time buying study DVDs and other crap like that. Read the test standards - that's what the FAA publishes them for. If you can go through it and be confident with your answers, there's not a reason in the world you shouldn't pass your oral.

Remember, the examiner EXPECTS you to pass - your instuctor wouldn't have endorsed you otherwise. Don't try to act like you know more than you do, and give direct answers to direct questions. It'll be a breeze.

User currently offlineCraviation From Costa Rica, joined Oct 2004, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 7102 times:

If you feel pretty confident then just get some good rest the night before. I'm sure your CFI has already check you out and he feels you are able to pass the test. Remember that for us CFIs the pass/fail numbers count...so a CFI MUST be sure that the student is going to pass or else he would not endorse you.
Good Luck and just be cool and calm!!! Afterwards you will see how easy it was!

wish you the best...


User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 6065 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7084 times:

And don't forget that, if you don't know or are not sure, whip out the ol' FAR/AIM; it's an available reference to you as a pilot, and it's an available reference to you as an examinee.

Chill out, and enjoy talking about flying, and then flying, with another enthusiastic pilot.

If you don't like the way you did something, tell him/her about it- odds are, it was still an acceptable performance.

And enjoy it. Flying is one of the coolest things you can do.

...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
User currently offlineLilflyboy From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 10 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7081 times:

Ya, on the cross country that youve planned check the general area along your route for any places of possible TFR's or restricted areas. My planned cross country got pretty close to Bush's ranch P-49 and the examiner wanted to know how I would be sure that I stayed clear of it if for some reason I had lost communications with ATC and didnt have a GPS. So have a plan for something like that and also before doing maneuvers, dont try to speed them up by doing quick clearing turns....... that almost cost me my checkride right there! Dont rush it, just do a complete 360 to be safe. Examiner told me that after the ride. but i passed so its all good. Gooood luck!

User currently onlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 22864 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 7064 times:

When you have to do your diversion, make sure that you become familiar with the airport that you are diverting to. Pull out the A/FD and take a look at pattern altitude, traffic pattern direction, etc.

I say that because I missed a little RP on the sectional chart when I took my checkride the first time. Oops.  irked  But at least I won't make that mistake again.


7 billion, one nation, imagination...it's a beautiful day
User currently offlineSSTjumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 7041 times:

The number one aspect the DE is looking for is that you're not going to crash the plane or create a hazard to your's or someone else's health by your own stupidity. Have all the bases covered, know everything you need to know for your flight. If you don't know something, have a valid source ready to look something up. Also, one of the first things you might be asked is to show the DE that your aircraft is airworthy via the logbooks. Make sure you're completely brushed up on those so you're prepared. Again, the checkride is about making sure you're not going to go destroying objects or people by your own blatant mistakes.

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