So, I am a private pilot. I passed my checkride on Sunday 12/21. Had a thorough debriefing with the examiner, his primary recommendations being that I use a little more right rudder on take-off and that I don’t work so hard on my steep turns. Apparently I’m used to doing steep turns when winds aloft are 25-30 kts, not calm winds.

I’m writing up a dialog for the flight school since I was the first student to go with this particular examiner. I’ll share that here when it’s ready to go.

Now, let’s fly!


2 thoughts on “Success!

  1. Congratulations!!! I look forward to my check ride in the coming months. Any thoughts on preperation?

    • Best of luck on your checkride. Other than the obvious of knowing your maneuvers and such, I think my two biggest takeaways were to be confident in my flying skills and to relax. I was way too tense going into the ride but once I spent a few minutes with the examiner in the airplane and I found that he was a fair examiner that wanted to see me do well, I remembered to breathe and relax and the rest followed naturally. I know, easier said than done, but when he smiled after I relaxed my grip on the yoke and said, “Death grip disengaged”, I felt much better.

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