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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 5:32 pm    Post subject: PPL (H) Flight Test Reply with quote

Having recently completed the PPL(H) syabus, I'm about to undertake the daunting task of completing the flight test. Any good advice would be most welcome!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, I'll kick off.

Don't do anything any differently, would be my advice. For your instructor to be putting you forward for the test, he or she must be confident in your ability to pass and you must have reached the required standard. It's easy to say, but try to relax, don't get yourself all wound up because it's a "test" and fly as you have done in the lead up to it.

Oh, if it helps, think of someone else with a PPL(H) and then say to yourself, "Well, if they can pass it..." Wink

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As with the road test, (mirror, signal, manoeuvre) make sure your examiner sees you are doing the instrument checks whilst maintaining your lookout.

On the cross country, if you are a bit off track, say so and say where you are relative to where you're going and what you are doing to get back - to show you KNOW you are off track (and he will too) you have to explain your return clearly - that is like showing your workings-out in the margin!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2006 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to echo Foxy's comments - I think being quite vocal about everything you're doing will be good - give a sort of commentary, if you like.

My flight test was one of my poorest flights around that time - I think because I knew I was on test, I got nervous about it, and everything went to pot!

When you check Ts&Ps, say so - and do it frequently! (Unlike me - turn 90 degrees land, take off, repeat four times. Not once did I mention that I'd checked them....!)

I broke a flight clearance too - if you suddenly spot that, say so, and take the correct action to get within that clearance immediately.

You're the captain - pretend the chappy alongside you is a non-flying friend you've taken up for a quick spin!

Read up on emergency procedures from the POH, if you haven't done so already, you're bound to be asked about them. "What would you do if there was smoke in the cockpit?"; "What would you do if the clutch light came on?", that kind of thing.

And last of all, relax and enjoy it!

All the best - let us know how you get on. When is the test, btw?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks gents - appreciate the advice. No set date for the test as yet - still to do a couple of practice sessions first if the weather is favourable, but would realistically hope to have it sorted by mid November at the latest! Will let yo know how it goes (as long as I pass!!)
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As a flight examiner I will tell you some of the thigs I look for.

1. Confidence, not only in your walk round but in your personna, remember you will be carrying passengers very shortly as a PIC
2. Competence goes without saying, but you do not need to be perfect. We all make mistakes, if you do tell me ! Do not try to bullshit me !
3. Positive frame of mind. Yes you may be nervous but be positive, you are PIC ( that means captain of the ship) so act like it and take charge. That shows if things start to go wrong you have the confidence to make a decision.
4. Most of all enjoy it, ask questions, if you get something wrong ask to do it again - admit that was wrong - I prefer to see you do another dummy approach than cock up a confined area.
5. If you become geographically unsure of your position turn round and go back - do not soldier on - we have all been lost, any pilot who says he has never been unsure of his position is a blantant liar ! I will not fail someone on that.

Lastly you do not need luck, go and enjoy the ride and relax
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2007 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the advice. Got there in the end, after a lot of weather postponements and work taking me away for the last few months. All the advice proved very useful!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2007 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, congratulations Bernie! Cool Laughing

I take it, that the test wasn't too painful then?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2007 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks James. It certainly wasn't the best flight I've ever made, but not too bad. Always a stressful occassion I'm sure, so glad to be through it and looking forward to plenty of air time!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2007 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi bernie,

Congratulations on your getting your PPL(H). You must be very pleased with yourself, and with good reason!

Cheers!

Now you just have to wait a few weeks (if you're lucky) for the CAA to process your application (my Jetranger type rating paperwork has got lost in the system so I have have to go through the headache of sending it all in again! Bummer.).

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2007 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi WhirlyGirl - thanks.
I've been warned that the licence can take a while to come through - the guys at the CAA must be very busy people! Sorry to hear about your application - I get the impression that things getting lost at the CAA is not un-common?
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Well I don't know if it simply got lost before it arrived or whether it found it's way into a black hole of paper work, but either way they don't know where it is. Luckily my examiner had copies of everything and has re-sent it all in (thanks Andy!). 2nd time lucky...

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2007 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations on passing, your PPL.
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