Sanders Aviation


This page is provided to assist the recommending instructor in preparing their student/applicant for the Practical Test (checkride).  It provides basic information relative to the test. The applicant has been provided with  much of the same information. You may want to familiarize yourself with the rest of the info on this site.

1.  PTS  PTS PTS…Prepare applicant using….. the PTS!

2.  The use of  IACRA is strongly encouraged for the application process.   If  IACRA will be used, make sure you prepare an                  8710-1 form anyway, in case there are problems accessing or completing the IACRA application process.  If you  (or your               student/applicant) elect not to use IACRA, ensure that the application (8710-1) is properly completed and signed.  In                     either case, the application must be typed or completed electronically. Also, be sure to personally review the application,        and sign it AFTER the applicant has signed it. Sign using  Blue Ink. (This makes it easier for FAA personnel to determine                that this is an original document.)

3.  The examiner will be contacting your student to go over a detailed preliminary information. He/she may need some help            with this information (see Appointment Checklist on the Home Page), which will also be provided to the student.  This is            especially true for foreign students. Note that the reason for reviewing this information prior to the checkride date is to                (hopefully): 

      a.  Prevent any unexpected surprises that may result in us having to reschedule the check (which would likely be 
            an additional significant expense for your student, and a waste of both of our times.)

      b.  Allow for ample time to resolve any issues that might be identified.

4.  If possible, it’s suggested that you be available to clear up any paperwork or qualification issues that may arise.  The                     examiner also suggests that you (or another flight instructor) be available in the event a portion of the test is found                       unsatisfactory (failure).  If it’s just a matter of cleaning up a couple of things,  time and schedule permitting, you (or the               other  instructor)  could immediately provide the additional necessary training,  prepare another application 8710-1, and           the retest could be completed that same day (with no additional fee for the applicant).  

5.  It’s recommended that you assist the applicant in a thorough preflight (and maybe flight test) of the airplane immediately        before the schedule check so that you have time to resolve any mechanical issues (or arrange for a backup airplane) prior          to the test beginning. If the FBO/flight school or the aircraft’s schedule does not allow for this, the airplane can be                          scheduled approximately 2 hours after the scheduled appointment starts. 

6. For any flight test in which the aircraft is equipped with a GPS, ensure that the database is current. If the unit will be used on      a checkride requiring an instrument approach,  the unit must be IFR  certified.  Note: Portable GPS devices will not be                  permitted on any flight test

7.  For Instrument Rating, Commercial, or ATP applicants: --If a Flight Training Device is to be used, the examiner will need a           copy of the Letter of Authorization for that device prior to the flight check.  Note that the number of tasks allowed to be                performed in a FTD are very limited. See PTS appendix 1.

8.  A special note regarding the ground training requirements:  A blanket endorsement covering the ground training                           requirements is no longer acceptable. Each item must be logged.  Click this link  for a more detailed discussion on this. .               It's recommended that all such training be logged on one page so that its easily found. Contact us if you have any                       question on this. 

9.  Instructors are usually welcome to sit in on the orals or checkrides, subject to the following:
     a.  The applicant is agreeable to it and is comfortable with it.
     b.  It has no negative influence or effect on the applicant.
     c.  You are out of sight of the applicant (sitting behind the applicant)
     d.  No helping the applicant (including signals)
     e.  You do not speak unless the examiner addresses you.
      f.   No video or audio recording.

         a.  Rember to include a return endorsement (sticker) if the applicant is not rated in the airplane, and the checkride is at a                  remote location (in case of failure)
         b.  For Private Pilot Applicants-- Remember to verify the student pilot solo endorsements on back of medical, as well as a                  current solo endorsent for the make and model of aircraft.
         c.  For pilots already certficated.  Remember to verify that the applicant has a current BFR, and is night/instrument                             current (if applicable) so as to be able to act as PIC under the conditions of the checkride.
11.  Please refer to the checklists (General Qualification Checklist AND the checklist appropriate for the certificate or rating                 being sought) to help ensure that your applicant  meets the qualification process.  It's important that the endorsements             and training shown in the checklist be logged in the applicants log book or training record.  CHECKRIDE CHECKLIST

12.  Feel free to contact me if you want to discuss any special needs, questions, or issues. I would also encourage and                           appreciate a heads-up on any issues relative to your student that may be of special consideration.