Getting close to a checkride? Here are a few of things that could be show stoppers before your checkride ever begins.
1. Aircraft Logs. Make sure the airplane is airworthy! Play close attention to the ADs and make sure none of them are due. It is a good idea to use a sticky note to mark each inspection for easy recall.
2. Application. 97% of applicants are using IACRA! For the most part, IACRA will prevent most errors but I have discovered it won't catch them all. For example, if you have a middle name but only enter a middle initial, it won't catch it. The FAA requires the full middle name. If you don't have a middle name, you enter "NMN" (or check that box). If you already hold a pilot certificate, make sure your pilot certificate matches the IACRA application.
If you are applying with the paper 8710, make sure you follow the directions. The FAA prefers that it is typed. You can down load a PDF 8710 and type into it. To find it Google "8710-1".
3. Requirements. Make sure you meet the requirements for the certificate or rating you're applying for. Don't go by memory. Get out the regs and check them off. If you have any questions regarding a requirement, call the Examiner. I also recommend using a sticky note to mark the requirements in your log here too.
4. Endorsements. The fed published a whole AC on them, and I won't list them here. The most missed endorsement is 61.39. A close second would be the one for the additional instruction for the areas found deficient on the knowledge test.