Unfortunatly, I have had a number of "No Shows" or canceling with little notice happen recently. So, If I haven't work with you or your school in the past, or you are coming from a place far, far away, I maybe asking for a 50% deposit to hold a spot on the schedule. I will apply the deposit to the checkride fee. If you "no-show" or cancel within 24 hours I will keep the deposit. I know that aircraft break and people get sick, so I will extend the deposit if you reschedule with me.
I've used several scenarios in my check rides for over a decade. Here are are a few to think about. Note, you may or may not get one of these on your checkride with me. I do like to change things around as I don't like to get board!
Private pilot: You have been asked to do a Pilot and Paw’s trip to deliver a Golden Retriever puppy to its new family in KXYZ. The puppy and crate weigh 35 lbs. A handler will be going with who weighs 160 lbs. Plan the VFR cross country based on the current weather conditions.
Instrument: You have volunteered to fly a trip for Angle Flight East taking a 55 year old man to RST so he can have some medical tests done at the Mayo Clinic. Pax weighs 160 lbs. Plan the IFR flight based on MVFR weather.
Commercial: Doctor Sweet is a private pilot who owns the same type of airplane as you. She is planning a long weekend in the KXYZ area to do some shopping and see a baseball game with her daughter. Because she has surgeries scheduled all day, she doesn’t feel she will be fit to fly so she hires you. Her daughter weighs 120 lbs and the Dr. weighs 135lbs. She wants to depart your airport 5pm. The weather is forecast to be visual flight rules (VFR) all weekend.
Multi Engine: You have been asked to fly this twin to KXYZ for a repurchase inspection. Prepare a cross country with all the performance planning you've been taught. The current owner is going with and he weighs 160 lbs. (Note: regarding the cross country, we will only be discussing the power settings, speed and fuel flow performance data you would use on a trip like this and nothing else).
Initial CFI: You are the new CFI in Rapid City, SD (RAP). A young man walks into your part 61 flight school wanting to get his private pilot ASEL Rating. He already holds a private pilot glider rating. He signs on as your student. What training requirements will he need to accomplish to take his private pilot check ride? What endorsements are you going to give him?
CFII: I am your Instrument student and today is the day to do my long IFR cross country per 61.65. Walk me through what requirements we must complete and how to plan the first leg of this IFR cross country. The weather is at VFR minimums throughout the trip.
CFI-ME: Today is my first multi engine flight lesson with you. Let's talk about how your take off briefing correlates with the take off performance of a light twin engine airplane.