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The 5 Most Common Checkride Failures For Private Pilots

Checkrides can be scary, especially your first one. But there's good news: a lot of other people have taken them, and you can learn from their mistakes. Here are the 5 most common checkride failures out there.

5) Stalls

There are two big problems with stalls on checkrides. First, you need to let the stall fully develop. And the second? You need to stay coordinated throughout the maneuver (remember to 'step on the ball'). Do both, and you'll be just fine.

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4) Landings

Judgement is essential for pilots. That's especially true on landings. So how should you handle your landings? Make sure you're on speed throughout the pattern, and if things don't look right, go around. If you demonstrate good judgement, you'll put a smile on your examiner's face.

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3) Emergency Landing

Always, always, always fly the airplane. It's easy to get distracted with what's happening in the cockpit, but it's imperative to keep things simple. Find a safe spot to land, run your checklist, and keep flying the airplane.

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2) Airspace

There aren't too many things more complex than airspace. There are all kinds of weather requirements, communication requirements, and countless different markings and symbols on the map. Your examiner will dig into all the 'what if' scenarios, and you need to be ready for them (by the way, we have something that can help).

1) Weather

Who loves reading textual weather reports and forecasts? Not too many people. Unfortunately, you'll need to know it all. METARs and TAFs aren't so bad, but when you start digging into AIRMETs, SIGMETs, and Winds Aloft forecasts, things can get ugly. Need some help getting prepped on weather for your examiner? We can help with this one too.


Study up, and good luck out there. We're cheering you on for your next checkride or flight review!

Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at colin@boldmethod.com.

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