LH463 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 68 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3217 times:
It's currently 9:45 p.m. Eastern and I find myslef just over 11 hours from my instrument checkride. I'm not going to deny that am pretty damn nervous... Just wanted to know if anyone had any advice from past experience...
KFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3355 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3199 times:
The best thing you can do for yourself right now is to get a good night's sleep. Don't focus on the ride while attempting to sleep either; The excess adrenaline will only aid in keeping you awake (and possibly frustrated when you can't sleep)...the last thing you need right now is the additional stress. Just think about your girlfriend, your last vacation, whatever. Anything but the ride, to get you to bed...
Additionally, don't attempt to do any early-morning cramming; If you don't already know it by now, you're certainly not going to pick it up with only T-minus 3 or 4 hours left. Just relax, envision what you've been trained to do, and picture the examiner as nothing more than an inquisitive passenger
Last but not least...
"About the only way to look at it, just a pity you are not POTUS KFLLCFII, seems as if we would all be better off."
Corey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2530 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3064 times:
Quoting Mir (Reply 6): If the plane you're flying has an autopilot, be prepared to shoot a non-precision approach with it. That kind of caught me off guard - I'd never had to do that before. But it wasn't that hard.
No offense, but what instructor would teach a student how to fly a non-precision (or any approach for that matter) with only the autopilot?? Pretty poor instruction if your first hand flown non-precision approach was shot during your checkride IMHO
FlyMeARiver From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 84 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3027 times:
always remember to identify navaids... and when i had mine, the check examiner was acting as ATC and at one point he stopped talking, and that was supposed to mean that i lost my radio, so watch for that... luckily i caught it
Mir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 22342 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2997 times:
Quoting Corey07850 (Reply 7): No offense, but what instructor would teach a student how to fly a non-precision (or any approach for that matter) with only the autopilot?? Pretty poor instruction if your first hand flown non-precision approach was shot during your checkride IMHO
The checkride was the first one WITH the autopilot, not without. All the ones prior to that had been hand-flown.
Apologies if I worded it incorrectly.
7 billion, one nation, imagination...it's a beautiful day
Bravo45 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2165 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2903 times:
Quoting N231YE (Reply 10): ...anyways, while he was on takeoff, the examiner cut the engine, to simulate a departure stall (or engine failure).
Wow!! My examiner on both PPL and Instrument went over the procedures with me and emphasised on the fact that he will NOT simulate ANYTHING during the takeoff and landing, and should anything go wrong, I was to treat it as a real emergency. I think its fair, not to make things difficult unnecessarily but then the airport (KCBE) my checkrides were conducted at had some hills nearby making such stuff scary even when VFR let alone be flying under the hood or actual IFR.
Advice, stay cool. I decided not to post on a.net to keep myself from hearing things I may not have any idea of and thus freak out.
I hope you are familiar with your examiner since this is not your first check. I haven't had my Commerical check yet, but I think I would consider IR my greatest accomplishment, its a real confidence booster along with all the skill you get. The questions the examiner asked me were not all out of the text books and may not be the situations you have read or talked about, just answer logically (its easier to do when you are on the ground). I hope the examiner doesn't ask a lot while airborne, this check can be intense and you can't afford to be flying the plane within tolerances and be thinking about a tough question (during the check ride).
Having been certified by the same examiner both times, I have realised what he does. He begins by asking questions he expects the student to answer right in order to pass and when he is relatively satisfied (and I am satisfied by correct answers), he, I like to say 'cuts the student down to size' by asking questions he WANTS the student to have the correct answers of.
In short I feel utmost respect for my examiner and feel no hesitaion in saying that those checkrides were among the flights I learned the MOST from, so be in the same kind of a mindset, its all a learning experience and know it: Whatever the outcome may be, you will fly back a more experienced pilot. So enjoy and best of luck.
P.S Should have written it all in past tense. I see and hope you are busy celebrating right now. Do let us know how it went, probably a complete report wouldn't hurt.