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7 Ways To Fail Your Checkride

Everyone gets nervous for their checkride, but if you can manage to avoid these 7 mistakes, you're already on your way to passing...

1) Forget to clear your wings of all obstacles during taxi

"Clear right, clear...uh oh..."


2) Cross an active runway without a clearance

If you're not sure, stop and ask ATC!


3) Forget to add right rudder on takeoff

Oh those left-turning tendencies...


4) Uncoordinated stalls

Step on the ball!


5) Pick the wrong altitude for s-turns across a road

This looks a little low...


6) Land fast

"Negative ghost rider, the pattern is full."

7) Forget to put your gear down

This would be a good time for a go-around...

Mark Reed

And if you really want to feel ready for your checkride or flight review, buy our online courses. They help you through the tough stuff that pilots fail the most: airspace, weather, and charts. Get the courses, and sail through your next checkride.

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

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