The un-checkride

I had the last lesson before the checkride today, and the instructor and I agreed that I’m not there yet. It’s not that the maneuvers elude me — flying the plane is not an issue — it’s assembling the specific maneuvers within reasonably tight tolerances with a consistency that remains a bit of a pickle.

I’ve scheduled three lessons before the next opportunity for the checkride, and will be working like mad to align my abilities to match the checklist. I never had confidence that I was prepared for Tuesday’s test, but kept working toward that as a goal, so I’m not disappointed. Lindy willing these two (no, three) tactics will help me get there by the end of the month:

1) Fully utilizing the checklist
2) Talking through each step in the checklist
3) Using the checklist

Perhaps there will be more promising news this week on the assembling-the-rudder front.

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Dean Betz

I'm a lifelong journalist and aviation wannabe.