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Most Strange/Unexpected Checkride Question?  
User currently offlineDG_pilot From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 856 posts, RR: 2
Posted (14 years 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2719 times:

On your checkrides, what were the most strange or unexpected questions the DEs asked? What were your answers? You all can probably imagine why I'm asking this.

Thanks a Ton in Advance!

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User currently offlinePPGMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2556 times:

"Whats that?" <-Pointing to some aircraft on the field

I'm paying $300 and hes looking at the aircraft on the field instead of watching my run up.

At worst, you screw up and die.
User currently offlineRalgha From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 1614 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (14 years 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2535 times:

Question: "Want to go get some lunch?"

Answer: "Sure!"

He paid for it too.  Big thumbs up

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User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 27
Reply 3, posted (14 years 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2509 times:

Heres a good one....

Your cleared for an expedited departure. The controller fit you in just before a company 757 3 miles out inbound.

You line up.... below the line checklist complete. You look over at the captain and his shoulder harness isn't on.... what do you do? before reeading on try to answer it yourself....

Most respond..... "go flying", or "I tell him to put it on".... Examiner says.... "Its a checklist item. What other checklist items did you forget".

Correct response: That situation wouldnt happen.... because all checklist items are supposed to be double checked.... captains responses should be visually confirmed by the copilot as each item is read and vice versa.

It's a good question.....


User currently offlineSkyguy11 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2482 times:


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30403 posts, RR: 57
Reply 5, posted (14 years 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2443 times:

"What the hell was that....!?!" Yelled in terror after a bag of potato chips that I bought from the vending machine and left in my flight bag exploded.

User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4300 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (14 years 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2430 times:

"You know this is our only chance at landing, right?"

My examiner on my multi-engine checkride after we had actually lost an engine. It was a hot humid day, and the airplane was full of fuel still...so a go-around in that weak airplane would have just made us a lawnmower. I landed the airplane fine and he signed me off as a multi-engine pilot.  Smile Oh the things ive learned on checkrides.

Chicks dig winglets.
User currently offlinePW4084 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2422 times:

Boy this thread just forced some memories I've been trying to repress for years to the surface.....read on and learn how not to kick off your instrument checkride.

As I walked up to the airport to meet up with my DE, it turns out he's waiting for me outside the terminal building smoking a cigarette. I've never met him before and as far as I know he's just some guy sitting outside enjoying the fresh morning air. He asks me point blank as I walk up to the door:

'Mr. Gasper I presume, if you are making position reports and find that your ETA you gave ATC to be in error, how many minutes does the discrepancy have to be before you must provide them with a revised ETA????'

Well I kind of froze on the spot, I definitely didn't expect my ground eval to begin the second I met the guy and after I stuttered for a few seconds I decided that the answer was 3 minutes and told him. He then proceeded to ask me why I was 40 minutes late to my checkride. When I'd arranged the time/date about a month earlier we decided to meet at 0600 and I must have written down 0700. So here I come be-bopping along at 0640, thinking I will appear sharp because I am early and prepared...well needless to say I figured I'd shot myself in the foot in a big way. Thankfully the checkride went well from there and I went on to fly with that DE for my Commercial/Multi and then again when I added on my MEI.

sometimes I wonder how I ever made it past the basics...


User currently offlineThirtyEcho From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1739 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (14 years 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2391 times:

On my instrument checkride we had an actual attitude indicator failure about 5 minutes after takeoff. It was a vacuum leak to the instrument and the AI response just got slower and slower until it rolled over and died. The DE asked "Isn't this great? You can do the whole ride partial panel, OK?" We did and I passed. I look back on it now as kinda fun.

User currently offlineDG_pilot From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 856 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (14 years 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2337 times:

I remember the worst thing on my IR ride was the endless barage of alternate questions from all sides. It was cross-fire at its max.

I circled the wagons and drove em' back!  Wink/being sarcastic

User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6805 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (14 years 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2308 times:

I was asked what day Jeppessen releases new charts!! I had no idea at the time but I think Friday was the answer!

User currently offlineKAUSpilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1976 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (14 years 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2182 times:

"Why the hell didn't you clean the bugs off the windshield before we left? I can't see a damn thing."

-PPL checkride, one week ago today.

User currently offlineDiego From Italy, joined Apr 2001, 135 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (14 years 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2142 times:

hi one of the weirdest question I was asked was during my private check ride, the examiner asked me how do you figure out if the fuel guy messed up with the fuel and pumped J1 fuel in your tank? I came up with a lot of thinking about the color you get if you blend yellow and blue but the correct answer was no color, if two different types of fuel are blended to gether they chemically react and the result is no color.

User currently offlineDG_pilot From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 856 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (14 years 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2100 times:

Interesting--I didn't know that.

User currently offlineBarney captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1459 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2027 times:

...My 737 type ride........"ok son, now I know you studied hard but let me ask ya', what's the only light in the cockpit that spells the same forward and backward?".......after some thought it dawned on me.


Southeast Of Disorder
User currently offlineFlightSimFreak From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 720 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (14 years 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1928 times:

About the fuel... when you do the test with the tester under the wing... when you throw it onto the tarmac, it should evaporate quickly, I.e. before you get done with your preflight. Jet fuel doesn't evaporate that quickly, and when it does, it leaves an oily stain on the tarmac. Another way to test this is with a buisness card; dip it in your fuel sample, and if when it evaporates, you don't see a stain, it's not jet fuel... but if there is a stain it's not avgas.

User currently offlineFlyn From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (14 years 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1870 times:

How to smack a passenger if he or she goeos crazy on you. Never expected that one. And I was so nervouse he ask me if I had a STATE PIN number (Prisoner) I had no clue what he was saying Unitll he told me he was joking

User currently offlineHerman From Singapore, joined Jul 2000, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (14 years 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1823 times:


PPL Checkride :

Examiner : Do you think you can pass ?

Student : (Thinks for awhile and wonders if its a trick question.) YES, definitely !

Examiner : In that case, we don't have to do this. I can give you your licence now. Plus .. $$$$

Only in Indonesia

Herman  Smokin cool

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