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You're Climbing Through 500 Feet On A Multi-Engine Checkride. Then This Happens.

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You're giving a check ride in a Piper Seminole. The student's adding a multi-engine rating to their commercial pilot certificate. The flight's going well - until you fail an engine after takeoff.

(Tune into our LIVE check ride discussion on the radio show Sunday, March 23 at 8:00pm CDT.)

As you're climbing through 500 feet after a normal takeoff, you pull back the throttle on the left engine.

The student quickly pitches for the single-engine best rate of climb speed (Vyse), trims the aircraft and retracts the landing gear. However, they leave the flaps set to 10 degrees. The aircraft slowly climbs toward traffic pattern altitude.

The student continues the traffic pattern, and begins to configure the aircraft for a single-engine landing on downwind. They reach for the flaps and are surprised to find that they're still at 10 degrees.

Should The Student Pass? You Decide!

  • Pass


  • Fail


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Think you answered right? Try another poll - What's the fastest way to get to 1000 feet - Vx or Vy?

Aleks Udris

Aleks is a Boldmethod co-founder and technical director. He's worked in safety and operations in the airline industry, and was a flight instructor and course manager for the University of North Dakota. You can reach him at

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