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Would You Rather: Checkride Edition

You're going to have to make some tough decisions here...


  1. 1) Would you rather take your checkride in a:
    Kyle Harmon / Flickr

    Failures?!?! Bring them on!

    NDB's all you need!

    1. Unchecked Checked
      Brand new plane with a G1000 and have it fail halfway through the flight
    2. Unchecked Checked
      Ancient plane with an NDB that never fails
  2. 2) Would you rather take your checkride with:
    Joe Szilagyi / Flickr

    You're pretty brave with that decision!

    You're pretty brave with that decision!

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      An FAA Inspector.
    2. Unchecked Checked
      A DPE who ate spicy burritos for breakfast.
  3. 3) Would you rather:
    Torrey Wiley / Flickr

    Time to touch down on the turf.

    Just don't land short!

    1. Unchecked Checked
      Shoot a real soft-field landing on a tall grass strip.
    2. Unchecked Checked
      Shoot a short field landing over a real 50' obstacle.
  4. 4) Would you rather:
    JB

    Good luck with the turbulence!

    Don't forget to set your alarm clock.

    1. Unchecked Checked
      Shoot S-Turns at noon in moderate turbulence.
    2. Unchecked Checked
      Shoot S-Turns at 5:30 AM in glassy air.
  5. 5) Would you rather:
    redlegsfan21 / Flickr

    Power up, pull back.

    Make sure you step on the rudder!

    1. Unchecked Checked
      Execute a full, power on-stall while flying wings level.
    2. Unchecked Checked
      Execute an incipient power-off stall while turning.
  6. 6) Would you rather:
    Corey Burger / Flickr

    Better practice those cross-control inputs!

    Make sure you check the A/FD airport diagram before you go.

    1. Unchecked Checked
      Do all of your landings at your home airport with 12 knots of crosswind
    2. Unchecked Checked
      Do all of your landings at an airport you've never been to with no wind
  7. 7) Would you rather:
    Eva Rinaldi / Flickr

    Screaming silence. From your examiner.

    *Shake it off, shake it off, woo hoo hooooo*

    1. Unchecked Checked
      Have your examiner stare straight ahead silently throughout the flight.
    2. Unchecked Checked
      Have your examiner hum Taylor Swift songs throughout the flight.
  8. 8) Would you rather:
    Dan Marsh / Flickr

    Better be on top of your radio calls!

    Remember to get that clearance before you enter the Class B!

    1. Unchecked Checked
      Divert into a non-towered airport with a full pattern
    2. Unchecked Checked
      Divert into a Class B airport with an empty pattern
  9. 9) Would you rather:
    David Schiersner / Flickr

    Good luck with those landings.

    Good luck with those maneuvers. And don't forget your sick-sack.

    1. Unchecked Checked
      Have a gusty crosswind during your landings
    2. Unchecked Checked
      Have moderate turbulence during your maneuvers
  10. 10) Would you rather:
    Sam Howzit / Flickr

    Cross your legs! Or divert.

    Did you remember your oxygen mask?

    1. Unchecked Checked
      Have to go to the bathroom 5 minutes after takeoff.
    2. Unchecked Checked
      Have your examiner pass gas randomly throughout the flight.

Well done. You're made some tough decisions today.



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