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How to nail that Private Pilot Flight Test

How to nail that Private Pilot Flight Test - Checklist

 

 

 

This manual is a compilation of the number of pre-flight tests and flight test debrief and I witnessed over the years. I have no intention to re-write the Flight Test Notes book, as it is an excellent source for the preparation flight test, both ground and in-flight portion, private and commercial. Below is just a quick checklist summary of the main points – if you do not nail those few items, your (or your student’s) flight test WILL go south really quick.

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Rent or Own?

 

Rent or Own?

by dr. Anna Serbinenko 

 

 

Let’s talk money for a moment. I observe several dozen fresh pilot license holders every year, many of which go the similar path: “got driver’s license, bought a car, got pilot license, have to buy a plane now”. But you also might have heard a saying that there are only two happy days in airplane (or boat, actually) ownership – the day you buy it and the day you sell it. So let’s look at our options.

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Flight Instructor Rating for Dummies

 

Welcome to the challenging course of a Flight Instructor Rating. The course is a rigid program, designed to prepare flight instructors within the minimum Class 1 times - and maximum homework, self-study, buddy practice and critique. It will be a lot of hard work, and often it might seem you don’t see results. Do not get discouraged! be patient and persistent. The sparkle in the eyes of your first solo student will be much worth it!

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Flying into Thin Air

 

by Peter Schlieck

October 25, 1999, Aberdeen, South Dakota – After running out of fuel, a Learjet Model 35, tail # N47BA spirals to the ground and crashes, killing all occupants of the plane. – What had happened?

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The North is Calling

by dr. Anna Serbinenko

by dr. Anna Serbinenko

Aviation unites people every day regardless of whether it’s a small aircraft or a large jet. With that said, there is nothing more natural than using aviation to unite the entire nation during this very special year where we commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary. It is from that sentiment the Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour was born, to bring celebration to remote communities across Canada’s Arctic, many of which can only be accessed by flight.

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AN ACTIVE VACATION REDEFINED

By Anna Serbinenko, In Flight USA, April 2015

Some pilots spend their precious two weeks annual break from work frying themselves in the Hawaiian or Mexican sun. 

Others climb Jomolungma or hike on the North Pole. Most spend a less exotic period of time at a major theme or national park.  When back, we aviators often pack up family and friends and drag them to the nearest airshow, for nothing else but to promise ourselves – like every single one of the previous ten airshows – that ONE DAY I will become an aerobatic pilot.

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Pilot, Friend, Teacher

PILOT, FRIEND, TEACHER

By Anna Serbinenko, In Flight USA, March 2015

When I picked up the phone, tears were rolling down my cheeks. Facing some beginner airshow performer struggles – more criticism than love – I was discouraged and I could really use an ally in this “old boys club” of the airshow crowd. Someone who would simply tell me that there is hope. I searched the ICAS directory for Bud Granley’s phone number, gathered all my courage and dialed. Would he even remember who I am? He saw me briefly at a show where we were both flying, but did he – the legend - even notice then a completely new unknown performer? 

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On Low Tide

By Anna Serbinenko, In Flight USA, February 2015

When I was a student pilot, we were strictly banned from any “off-airport” landings. 

Editor’s comment:  The “precautionary landing,” is not a topic that is directly addressed in the FAA Practical Test Standard. A diversion to an alternate airport is part of testing scenarios, but the concept of simple getting the airplane on the ground, perhaps not at an airport, is seldom taught and certainly not tested.  It is tragic that accidents which occur every year could have been avoided if the PIC had simply accepted the fact that continued flight was not possible. In many cases, a landing on a suitable surface could have safety prevented continuing flight into worsening weather conditions or a power off landing caused by fuel exhaustion or mechanical difficulties.  

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DEVELOPING A RELATIONSHIP

By Anna Serbinenko, In Flight USA, January 2015

Lessons learnt from the ICAS 2014 conference.  

3.30am on Monday. We boarded our school’s Seneca V and have completed the run-up check already. Ahead is almost 900nm of IFR, and we should be in Vegas by noon. The schedule is tight, there’s not a minute to lose. My Multi-IFR student Tony is briefing the departure plate. Pierre, another student, is getting cozy with Delphine in the back.  Weather justifies the IFR departure with 800’ ceilings. Almost two days of flight planning prior to that, already for half an hour on the ground warming up engines, doing the run-up, entering the flight plan – everything to make sure there would be no surprises when “the game is on” at take-off. We are now on our way to the International Council of Airshows (ICAS) conference in Las Vegas, NV – the place and time that will define the 2015 Air Shows season.

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TICKET TO ADVENTURE (THE DILEMMA OF THE LICENSED PILOT)

By Peter Schlieck, Aviation News Journal, January 2011

Remember the days when you were a student pilot? Your instructor had changed your life as you knew it, given you the flying bug, made bookings for you, told you where to go and what to do.