Dos and Don’ts for Check Rides

With the end of the semester approaching, many students will be working on their check rides. Here are some helpful tips to do well on your check ride.


  • Study materials beforehand
  • Ask your instructor questions, No question is a dumb question
  • Get plenty of sleep the night before
  • Relax
  • Have fun!
  • Bring everything that you might need
  • Think of it as a learning opportunity
  • Use your check list
  • Try again if you do not succeed
  • Wear clean socks
  • Have faith in yourself because your instructor believes in you
  • Eat before you go
  • Take a Potty break before you depart
  • Voice mostly everything going on in your head about your flight to your check pilot (they like to know what and why you are doing things)
  • Make yourself notes to take with you if that helps (I like to highlight things I forget in my checklist)
  • Remember your air speeds (this is a big one for me…)



  • Be afraid of failure, Almost everyone fails a check ride at some point in their career
  • Try to cheat
  • Try to lie
  • Show up unprepared
  • Show up stinky or in need of a shower
  • Get discouraged
  • Give up
  • Go if you are feeling ill (trust me I learned this the hard way)
  • Let someone pressure you into doing it if you are not ready
  • Let someone pressure you if you are not comfortable doing it
  • Forget your check list
  • Eat funky foods before you go (you do not want to need to potty while you are up there)

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