Tips and Tricks for Private Pilots – See travel guides
Whenever you complete a practice test in any subject, the examiner’s attitude plays a role in how comfortable and confident you feel. Of course you will feel some form of fear, but do your best to put that aside as it will hinder your abilities.
Finishing your trip with a private pilot check is a perfect example of the above scenario. This is your last practical test before you get your private pilot license. You have to remember that the examiner has a job. He/she must determine that you are sufficiently knowledgeable and capable of operating an aircraft independently. There is a standard form for the examiner to follow, but some will add a few twists of their own to see how you react. They go a little beyond classic textbook knowledge.
A favorite trick of some examiners is the pencil fallacy. This is where they will drop their pencil at some point in your flying. This will most often happen when you are engaged in a task that requires your undivided attention, such as turning. Your first instinct is to want to impress the examiner, so you’ll immediately try to grab the pencil, distracting you from your maneuver. This act of kindness on your part could result in you losing your chance to get your license. In other words, a failed brand. Stay one step ahead of these types of tricks. Keep extra pencils on the knee board. Then just tell the examiner that you can’t reach their pen because you have to concentrate on what you’re doing, but you actually have an extra one.
Always be prepared for the unexpected. Dead batteries are one of the most common incidents. Suppose you are diverted to another airport and your E6B, which you rely on so much, is suddenly empty. If you carry enough extra batteries with you then it won’t be a problem. If you don’t, then you have to rely on the wheel you had in mind from your initial training. Talk about extra stress, that is. The last thing you need is more stress at this particular time.
Not only are there times when drifting from your concentration can be dangerous, it can also be inconvenient. Can you imagine how you would feel if you were in takeoff mode only to find that you didn’t remove the tether? After all, isn’t this something you should have completed before your flight? The lesson to be learned here is to take nothing for granted and verify everything.
The purpose of this test is to show that you are capable of being a pilot in command. This includes considering your tester as your passenger. Make sure your passenger is wearing a seat belt. If you skip this simple step, you may be missing your license. Don’t forget about the pre-flight briefing that should also be given to your passenger. You are ultimately responsible for the safety of your passenger, whether or not they are the examiner. Also, don’t forget to check in on your holiday upon departure. You must show that you are looking at the field as a whole. You need to know that you can land.
You should always be prepared. This means that if the checker tells you that an engine is out, you should be prepared for an emergency landing. In this case, you must be constantly aware of your surroundings and always know the possible places where you could safely park your aircraft if you had to do so.
These are just a few of the contingencies your examiner may throw your way. Just be ready for anything.
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