Check Rides

When you are ready for your checkride, I would be happy to administer your practical test. I provide tests for Sport Pilot (tricycle and tailwheel), Private Pilot and Commercial Pilot ASEL, Instrument Airplane, as well as CFI add-ons (CFIA & CFII ASEL), renewals and reinstatements. I can also conduct Military Competency activities.

479224_217368738368706_2012528696_oAs an examiner, I will try to make your checkride as pleasant and successful as possible. The FAA has published Practical Test Standards and Airman Certification Standards to provide the guidance to your checkride. If you are familiar with the knowledge required and if you can perform the maneuvers within the parameters shown in the PTS or ACS, your checkride should go well.  I realize that everyone is nervous when taking a test, so I will do my best to help you understand the process and to relax so you can do your best. Another thing, you do not have to be perfect. We know applicants will make some errors on the test. Just do the best you can.

Although everyone wants to pass their checkride, sometimes things don’t work out. If you cannot meet the standard, I will explain the reasons to you and your instructor so he or she can correct the issue. The FAA and I want to be sure that you can operate safely and legally in the National Airspace System as you gain experience.

You or your instructor can contact me to discuss a schedule that works for both of us. We will use the Integrated Airman Certification and/or Rating Application (IACRA). This is an on-line system that reduces errors and speeds up processing of your application.

Scheduling Your Practical Test

The first step is to use the Checkride Request Form in the menu to the right, to select an open date. Next you should complete the Practical Test Appointment Request Form. Once you have submitted this form, you should contact me a couple of days in advance of your test to discuss any questions and to receive a cross country assignment if required.  We will use the Integrated Airman Certification and/or Rating Application (IACRA). This is an on-line system that reduces errors and speeds up processing of your application. If you have not set up an account in IACRA, please do so before requesting your Practical Test Appointment. (Note: if you have not completed your IACRA application, had it signed by your instructor and received your required endorsements, you will need to contact me prior to scheduling your test.)  Once you have set up an account and completed your application, your instructor will sign you off to take your check ride. Note: I will need your IACRA FTN number.

Important: The FAA requires Pilot Examiners to submit information in advance to obtain approval for the practical test. In order to do this in a timely manner, you must submit your IACRA application and have your CFI sign it at least 4 days in advance of your checkride. If you fail to do this, I will likely require you to reschedule your test to a later date.

Practical Test Fees & Policies

Practical Test FAQs

Want to learn more about a check ride with me? Listen to this podcast with Chris Palmer where we discuss some ideas for better preparation for your big day. Also, I’ve prepared an “Insider’s Guide” that may be of interest. You can find it in the Resources section.

If you or your instructor have any questions, concerns or want to schedule an informal meeting to visit about your checkride, please contact me.