Preflight Briefing

PREFLIGHT BRIEFING
Any questions so far?

1. Profile of flight test (DPE – do not ask questions during preflight). We will start off on the cross country that you planned. After a few check points, I will give you an event to deal with. We will do the takeoffs & landings. Depart for the air work. Hood work. Return to home base.

2. Pilot in Command (14 CFR § 61.47) DPE is NOT the PIC on the test

3. Emergencies – actual and simulated. By FAA orders, an actual emergency stops the test.
• Engine failure – takeoff and landing
• Other emergencies
• Feathering
• 500 ft hard deck for simulated engine failure

4. Transfer of controls (if applicable)

5. Collision avoidance (CFI applicant required to instruct)
• Looking for reported traffic
• Clearing the area before maneuvers
• DPE will let student know when he is looking inside the cockpit – applicant should be looking outside vice versa.

6. First preflight – weight and balance – VFR/IFR option

7. Advise that oral questioning will continue – Perfection is not the standard

8. Testing with Plan of Action will continue IAW PTS/ACS

9. Will continue taking notes

10. Continue/discontinue if task is unsatisfactory

11. Answer any questions
• Application
• Photo/signature ID. (Note type on FAA Form 8710-11 and return)
• Pilot Certificate (Verify against ID & FAA Form 8710-11 and return)

12. Advise applicant to return aircraft documents to the aircraft

13. Begin flight evaluation

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