Episode 9 – Checkride Tips and Rusty Pilots

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After a lengthy hiatus, we are back with the long-awaited episode on my top PPL checkride tips. Sorry for the delay, folks – but this one has been worth the wait.

The second topic of this show is getting back into flying after a break. Due to the New England winter (and some other stuff), I went six months without flying after getting my certificate. I recently took to the skies again, and I share my experience of getting back into the cockpit, and I cover how to do so safely.


You can always go around!: Sing it!

Please email any questions to planespokenpodcast@gmail.com.

Episode 7 – Takeoffs and Landings

plane spokenIn Episode 7, we venture into the word of takeoffs and landings. Do you know your short fields from your soft fields? Your Vx from your Vy?

Listen to find out my top tips for making that perfect landing, and how to gain those stick and rudder skills you’ll need to pull it off.

I also share some exciting news about my private pilot checkride. Enjoy! Please email any questions to planespokenpodcast@gmail.com.

Review: The Private Pilot Oral Exam Guide (Book)

Private Pilot Oral Exam GuideUpdated to reflect vital FAA regulatory, procedural, and training changes, this indispensable tool prepares private pilots for the “checkride” with an FAA examiner. The Private Pilot Oral Exam Guide (Michael D. Hayes) answers the most common questions asked by examiners, clarifies the requirements of the written and oral portions, and presents practice questions from the exam with a reference to the specific information source from where the answer may be derived. An appendix with a “Practical Test Checklist” is included. The main body of questions is written in a Q & A format, with the questions that checkride examiners are most likely to ask along with comprehensive, easy-to-remember responses. This guide teaches not only what to expect on the private pilot oral exam, but also how to exhibit subject mastery and confidence while under the examiner’s scrutiny.

I purchased this book early on in my private pilot training, and I suggest you do the same. To start with, I did not know how to answer many of the questions, but as I gained experience I was able to measure my progress by testing my knowledge against the questions posed in this book.

It is easy to convince yourself that you understand the subject matter required by the ACS. However, the devil is in the detail, and this book helps you uncover your weak spots by presenting you with questions, not answers (the answers are included, but it goes without saying that you should attempt to answer the questions yourself, first!). This is an important tool to help you focus on the material you don’t know as well as you should, especially as you get towards your checkride. It provides excellent value for money.


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