An open invite to Instructors
I highly recommend instructors take the time to observe some of their student’s checkrides. Why? Well, remember there are three sides to every story (or checkride). In this case, there is the examiners side of the story, the applicant’s side and what really happened during the checkride. If the instructor is there to observe, he/she can really learn the truth by seeing what actually took place.
The instructor will learn several things from observing. He can learn how the examiner conducts the ride, everything from the examiners personality, how questions are asked to the flow of the ride.
The instructor will be able to observe his students performance. The instructor will be able to see any weak areas and address them with other students.
I can tell you from previous experience, observing a student’s checkride is nerve racking. You know you've covered the material and the student knew it when you signed him off, but for some reason, now he can't even recall his own name. That's the result of stress and it's usually caused by the fear of the unknown. What you learn from observing previous checkrides, you can share with your current and future students. Hopefully, this will lower their stress level and allow them to perform better. Incidentally, instructors who have observed previous checkrides have a higher pass rate!
Just so you know (and to keep other DPEs and the FAA happy), my checkrides do change from applicant to applicant in accordance with the PTS. What that means is the PTS describes what I test but not how. For example, some questions might be asked differently or I might ask the applicant to divert to a different airport.
So, if you have a student taking a checkride with me, you are welcome to sit in and observe.
Boing! A Landing Safety Tip
When the airplane contacts the ground with a sharp impact it tends to bounce back into the air. The airplane does not bounce like a rubber ball. Instead, it rebounds into the air because the wing’s angle of attack was abruptly increased, producing a sudden addition of lift.
The corrective action for a bounce is the same as for ballooning and similarly depends on its severity. When it is slight and there is no extreme change in the airplane’s pitch attitude, a follow-up landing may be executed by applying power to cushion the next touchdown, and smoothly adjusting the pitch to the correct landing attitude. When a bounce is severe, the safest procedure is to EXECUTE A GO-AROUND IMMEDIATELY.
Do you want to know more? The Airplane Flying Handbook and other FAA manuals are available here.