|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.