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Instrument Checkride Gitters!  
User currently offlineLH463 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 68 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2757 times:

Hey Everyone,
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...

Best Regards,
LH463

P.S. Words of encouragement greatly appreciated  Wink


Turning final...
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User currently offlineMD88Captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1330 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2746 times:

I always tell my my buddies, "Don't screw it up." I hope that helps.

User currently offlineKFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3296 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2739 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  Wink

Last but not least...

Good Luck!!  thumbsup 



"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."
User currently offlineDj1986 From Luxembourg, joined Apr 2006, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2710 times:

Good Luck. If your Instructor signed you for the ride no reason you should be nervous.


on strike! finally VC!
User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6346 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2678 times:

Remember your 5 T's at every fix, and you'll be fine.

Best of luck to you, and here's hoping that tomorrow you'll be the world's newest instrument pilot  Smile

Also hoping that you don't get the sadistic check airman who gives you a partial panel NDB aproach to a missed, followed by a partial panel intersection hold  Wink



Celebrating the birth of KELPkidJR on August 5, 2009 :-)
User currently offlineAdamWright From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2664 times:

Quoting Dj1986 (Reply 3):
If your Instructor signed you for the ride no reason you should be nervous.

Don't listen to this guy.. everyone who is human gets butterflys to some degree before a checkride. Just go in there and get your sh*t done.

And if you screw up.. its not the end of the world. You'll just log some more time while getting the recheck done. (And i'll bet you need the time anyways.. )

-Adam


User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21526 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2633 times:

Do try to get some rest. It was hard for me too the night before mine, and I made a few mistakes during the flight, but I still passed.

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.

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 4):
Also hoping that you don't get the sadistic check airman who gives you a partial panel NDB aproach to a missed, followed by a partial panel intersection hold

 scared 

-Mir



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User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2525 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2604 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


User currently offlineN231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2578 times:

May your takeoffs equal your landings

Anyways...best of luck to you.  thumbsup 


User currently offlineFlyMeARiver From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 84 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2567 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  Wink

User currently offlineN231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2554 times:

Quoting FlyMeARiver (Reply 9):
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,

I had a friend who was going for his Private Pilot...anyways, while he was on takeoff, the examiner cut the engine, to simulate a departure stall (or engine failure).


User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2551 times:
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Quoting N231YE (Reply 10):
I had a friend



Quoting N231YE (Reply 10):
on takeoff, the examiner cut the engine

So, given the past tense, did your friend not survive the checkride?  scared 




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User currently offlineN231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2546 times:

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 11):
So, given the past tense, did your friend not survive the checkride?  

He did servive  Smile, but that scared the sh*t out of him, as he wasn't expecting the examiner to get that extreme.


User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21526 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2537 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.

-Mir



7 billion, one nation, imagination...it's a beautiful day
User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2525 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2531 times:

Quoting Mir (Reply 13):
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.

Nope, my fault... I was just reading too quickly


User currently offlineBravo45 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2165 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2443 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.  Smile
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.


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