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10 Things Every Pilot Feels Before A Checkride

If you've gone through, or are about to take, your checkride, you've probably experienced these feelings.

1) That sinking pit in your stomach.

Swayne Martin

2) What are those Class G weather minimums?

3) I'm sure I'll be ok. My instructor signed me off, right?

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4) Praying for the weather to be good for your flight... Because you really don't want to re-plan that cross country flight.

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5) What should I wear?


6) I haven't flown in a few weeks, do I even remember how to fly?!

Jim Raeder

7) I already told my friends I'm taking a checkride and I don't want to look like a failure.

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8) Hopefully I won't forget anything I need completed for the checkride.

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9) Oh yeah... How will I ever remember all of these Class G weather minimums?!

10) Today's the day and there's nothing left to review. It's time to relax those nerves.

Jim Raeder

Relax, have fun, and good luck out there!

Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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