Passing the First Stage Check of Part 141 Instrument Rating Course

The Part 141 Instrument Rating course requires a proficiency check after every stage of training. There are a total of three stage checks and a final end-of-course check. The Part 141 course also mandates a strict order of lessons, so one cannot begin the next stage before completing the previous stage check.

I had been waiting for the first stage check for three days due to the examiner’s availability and weather, and finally flew it today.

In reality, it should not be daunting: it is not a checkride, and the instructor should not sign off the student if they are not ready. However, it is still a little nerve-wracking.

The student should perform the following maneuvers: steep turns, stalls, standard rate turns, climb and descend at a defined rate, unusual attitude recovery, takeoff, and landing. As a bonus, we also made one GPS approach, the first one in my life.

Our chief pilot, who was my stage check examiner today, is a former fighter pilot. It is a pleasure to fly unusual attitude recovery with him! I will undoubtedly ask him about spin recovery training someday 🙂

We flew for only one hour, which seemed to me to be at least two. Now I can move on!


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04/09/2017: My First Flight
04/25/2017: EASA PPL written exam (6 exams passed)
05/21/2017: Radio Operator Certificate (Europe VFR)
05/22/2017: EASA PPL written exam (all passed)
05/26/2017: The First Solo!
05/28/2017: Solo cross-country >270 km
05/31/2017: EASA PPL check-ride
07/22/2017: EASA IFR English
08/03/2017: 100 hours TT
12/04/2017: The first IFR flight
12/28/2017: FAA IR written
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05/28/2018: FAA Tailwheel endorsement
06/04/2018: FAA CPL long cross-country
06/07/2018: FAA CPL written
07/16/2018: FAA CPL check-ride
07/28/2018: FAA CPL ME rating
08/03/2018: FAA HP endorsement
06/03/2019: EASA ATPL theory (6/14)
07/03/2019: EASA ATPL theory (11/14)
07/15/2019: FAA IR IPC
07/18/2019: FAA CPL SES rating
08/07/2019: EASA ATPL theory (done)
10/10/2019: EASA NVFR
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08/30/2021: FAVT validation
05/27/2022: TCCA CPL/IR written
05/31/2022: Radio Operator Certificate Canada