- Dec 17, 2003
- Salida, Colorado
- Xenon Gyroplane, Cessna 182
- Total Flight Time
My FW Private checkride was pretty straight forward and the DPE emphasized I was getting a license to continue learning as a PPL. My seaplane add on and my gyro add on with you Jim were both easy passes and I knew very well I was qualified and felt very confident.That is correct. As I review my career, I can remember a few cases where applicants failed to meet the stick and rudder standard, but for the most part those standards are pretty easy to meet, and most applicants did.
Of course, the occasional applicant would become overwhelmed and gain or lose 200 feet in a steep turn, but it was rare. Additionally, for me and most examiners I know, exceeding a standard is not necessarily a disapproval. Exceeding a standard without recognition, or exceeding a standard without correction, is.
Most failures resulted from pretty egregious brain farts. Failure to check the oil or sump the fuel during a pre-flight inspection. Not using a checklist during a pre-flight inspection. Not conducting a pre-flight inspection. Missing a checkpoint, requiring a course change, on a cross country and not executing lost procedures, etc.
The FAA has attempted to limit subjectivity during practical testing. The Flight Test Guide, then the PTS and now the ACS attempt to distill the standard into quantifiable tasks and objectives. Subjectivity remains however.
The FAA requires checklist usage in many of the tasks examined. But, and this is only my opinion, there are "checklists" and then there are "CHECKLISTS."
I have issued a notice of disapproval for failure to complete a cruise checklist in a high performance, turbocharged, manual waste gate airplane. I have only made a note to use during the debrief for failing to complete a cruise checklist in a C-150. And yes, I understand that the C-150 driver may someday be a C-421 driver. Perfection is not the standard.
My instrument rating was another story altogether and I was put through several unexpected hurdles (flying a DME arc and numerous holding entries, tons of distractions and rapid fire changes) and I felt that was as it should be- being held to a much much higher standard which I appreciated. I passed all on my first try but was glad the bar was set higher for precision on instruments.