Tag: IR

  • EASA Instrument Checkride

    I completed my competency-based instrument rating course and recently got my night rating. The examiner was able to squeeze my exam into his schedule on Sunday, and the weather was perfect, so I had my checkride today. It was my second attempt since previously the attitude indicator failed in the school Cessna 172, and we […]

  • EASA Intrument Checkride: Nice Try

    Yesterday I got my EASA NVFR (night rating), and today I manage to schedule my IFR checkride. It does not make sense to wait if the examiner is available and all lessons are done. Usually students fly to Vodochody or Karlovy Vary for instrument checkrides because these airports are controlled, and they have published instrument […]

  • EASA Instrument Rating: Level Up!

    So, the blog is alive, and I still keep going. Any professional pilot path starts from the PPL (Private Pilot License). After that you’re good to go by visual cues all by yourself. In Europe only day flights are legal (night rating should be obtained to fly at night), in the US you’re allowed to […]

  • FAA IPC

    It is essential for every pilot to be not only current but proficient. Without practice skills degrade and can even fade away some day. That’s why FAA requires BFR (Biannual Flight Review) for any type of flying and IPC (Instrument Proficiency Check) for instrument pilots who did not fly enough instrument procedures during the last […]

  • IR Part 141: Checkride

    After about 2 months of flying, studying and waiting I am going to have an Instrument Rating checkride. Actually I am very happy since I was waiting only 2 days after my end-of-course check, it is not common at all. We’re flying to Brooksville, the controlled airport nearby with ILS approach available. The weather is […]

  • IR Part 141: The End-of-course Check

    Part 141 course requires the internal school check flight before allowing students to have a checkride. Usually the school chief pilot or some senior flight instructor performs this check. In my case this is the school owner, Tom Davis. The weather is fine today, and I have to demonstrate that I am ready for a […]

  • IR Part 141: Stage III Check

    Stage III mainly considers cross country flights and everything related to that: weather briefing, flight planning, reading and interpreting NOTAMs, fuel, weight and balance computation and so on. So for checking these skills we should make a cross country flight too. Today the weather is not perfect at all: there are wind gusts and pretty […]

  • IR Part 141: Long Cross Country

    Every student pilot should have a long cross country flight during his training course. It does not mean that you should really cross the entire country, of course, but there are some requirements to the flight legs. The requirements depend on a particular course (private, instrument or commercial program). Instrument rating requires a flight of […]

  • IR Part 141: Cross Country

    The 3rd stage of the course is almost entirely about cross-country flying. This means that the student must prepare and safely conduct the entire flight to some remote airport (more than 50 nautical miles from the departure airport). First of all, I’ve never created a flight plan before. Of course, I was preparing mass and […]

  • IR part 141: Stage II check

    Probably the most important stage in the Instrument Rating course is the stage II, when the student learns to fly approaches. It requires precise and correct piloting, correct radio communications, attention, multitasking skills, and attention again. Of course, it’s important in every flight including visual piloting, but instrument flight is even more demanding. It is […]