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 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.

In order to help you better understand the Practical Test process, I have written a comprehensive guide that will help you and your instructor be certain you are truly ready for the exam. You can find this document on the “Store” portion of this website. By reading this carefully and following the guidance, you will significantly improve your preparation process. I’ve also added a link to a recent podcast I did with Chris Palmer regarding the Practical Test experience. Be sure to check it out as well. Finally there is a link to some Frequently Asked Questions on the top menu that you should review.
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.

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, complete the Practical Test Appointment Request Form. Once you have submitted this form, you can contact me to discuss a cross country plan if required. We usually do this a couple of days before the check ride. 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. 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.

Practical Test Fees & Policies

Practical Test FAQs

Want to learn more about a check ride with me? Listen to this recent podcast .

Check out our Insiders Guide to the Practical Test

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