I will not get nervous about my check ride. I will not get nervous about my check ride. I will not get nervous about my check ride.

It’s scheduled for May 11 with a brand-new designated pilot examiner. If I don’t screw it up, I’ll then be an Official Licensed Pilot.

There’s an hour-long oral examination on everything I’ve learned as a student pilot, then an hour or so of demonstrating takeoffs, a series of flight maneuvers, and landings. The flying part should go something like this:

Author: Dean Betz

I'm a lifelong journalist and aviation wannabe.