AFSP 020: Multi-Engine Add-on Check Ride and Listener Mail

 

Episode 20 is here and we’re talking Private Multi-Engine Add-on Check Ride!  Listen in to this one because I lay down some sound advice for anyone taking a check ride.  I talk about what to expect in a multi add-on oral and practical and you’ll find out if I passed!  I talk about what’s coming up in my training and I answer some listener mail.  This episode is longer than normal but I felt it was worth it to answer your questions.  Please feel free to use any of the links below to send me your questions and/or comments.  Have a great week!

 

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AFSP 019: Multi-Engine Add-on Flights

Hello and welcome to episode 19!  Today we talk about the Private Multi-Engine Add-On.  Last week we covered the SIM portion of training, so this week we’ll cover the actual flights.  Basically, you’ll be replicating what you did in the SIM but in the actual aircraft this time.  Folks, these twin engine aircraft are a BLAST to fly.  It’s just downright awesome.  There’s a LOT more work involved, but the flying itself is just great.  People say, “You’ve upgraded to a big boy plane,” and it certainly feels that way.  Flying multi-engine aircraft is tons of fun!

 

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AFSP Bonus Episode 004 – Listener Mail

On today’s bonus episode, we answer listener mail!  I had a technical error with my email and a couple of questions went unanswered for a while.  I take time to answer those questions including one from over 8000 miles away!  Awesome!  If you have any questions of your own, please feel free to contact me via one of the links below.  Enjoy the show!

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AFSP 018: Multi-Engine Add-on SIMs

We’ve arrived at the Multi-Engine training portion of flight school!  In this week’s episode, we discuss what to expect during the first week of your multi-engine add-on which basically consists of SIMs and ground schools.  There’s not a lot to discuss here, but you know that I can talk for hours about nothing.   My first week of Multi-Engine training consisted of SIMs only.  I got sick half-way through the week so I didn’t get to fly until the nest week.

 

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AFSP 017: Crew Cross Country

This may be the most fun you have during your time in the accelerated flight school program – the Crew Cross Country!  Together with another student – that’s right, no CFI – you’ll fly your way across the country!  Well, maybe not ACROSS the country, but you’ll fly to new, exciting places.  And during this time, you won’t have an instructor to rely on.  You’ll rely on your training.  There will be frustrating times and there will be awesome times.  You may love your crew partner or you may not.  There are a lot of variables but in the end you’ll have a great time!

Crew Cross Country Flights

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AFSP 016: The Instrument Rating Check Ride – Practical (Second Attempt)

So, I bombed my first Instrument Rating Practical Check Ride but I passed my second time around.  What were the differences and why did I pass on the second attempt?  I discuss a successful check ride with you in Episode 16 and how you can apply my failures to make your first attempt successful.  Hooray!

 

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AFSP 015 – Week 12: The Instrument Rating Check Ride – Practical

So, we’ve passed our Instrument Rating Oral exam.  The next step is the Practical or flight portion of the flight.  Listen in to episode 15 and I’ll discuss with you what an IFR practical is all about and we’ll even discuss how to totally bomb it!  enjoy!

 

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AFSP 014 – Week 12: Instrument Rating Check Ride – Oral

The time has finally come – your instrument rating check ride.  You’re nervous our out of control, you’ve got that empty feeling in your stomach, and you’re trying not to let any knowledge ooze out your ears before you have to vomit it all out in your oral.  It’s a terrible feeling and it’s there because we all have so much riding on this exam.  We don’t want to spend the hundreds of dollars on this check ride and fail, do we?  Well, coming from a guy who did, you don’t.  Trust me.  So, the question remains, how do I pass my instrument rating oral?  Listen in to this week’s episode and I’ll discuss the tools I used to pass my instrument rating oral.

IFR Know All Handout:
http://www.igot.net/fly/cfi/files/IFR%20Know%20all%20handout.pdf

IFR Quick-Review Sheets
http://pilotscafe.com/download/IFRQuickReviewSheets.pdf

Instrument ACS
https://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/acs/media/instrument_rating_acs_8a.pdf

 

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AFSP Bonus Episode 003 – Passing your IFR Written Exam

The IFR Written exam is said to be the most difficult written exam from PPL through CFI.  Mainly, people note the extensive bank of questions as the reason – nearly 1200.  But wait, don’t give up now!  There’s a way through this mess and it’s called Flight Test 5 from Sheppard Air.  If you are okay with using a tool that helps you memorize the correct answers to the test questions, than this app is all you need to pass the exam.  No, seriously, if you do nothing but use this app you can pass the IFR and CFII written exams.  The CFII exam is based off the same bank of questions as the IFR exam.  So, check out the episode, download the app (links below) and pass your IFR written!

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Apple iOS
Android – Boo, no Android app.

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AFSP 013 – Week 11: The 250 Nautical Mile IFR required flight

Take a moment and read 14 CFR part 61.65 (d)(2)(ii)(A, B, and C).  Just kidding, no one is going to do that.  But if you did, you would see that one requirement to take your Instrument Rating Check Ride is to perform a flight 250 nautical miles or longer filed as IFR, an instrument approach at each airport, and three different kinds of approaches.  So, our school actually has a predefined route for this for each location and ours takes us from North Las Vegas to Needles, then to Bullhead City, and finally back to North Las Vegas where we completed ILS, LOC, and GPS approaches (it’s okay if those terms mean nothing to you).  The first segment is the longest but that’s fine because Needles has an interesting approach – Coming in from the north at a high altitude, we had to perform the procedure turn and holding pattern to lose altitude for the approach.  Leaving Needles was the same but in reverse.  We had to follow the Departure Procedure and enter the holding pattern to gain altitude to depart the area.  Great practice with crosswinds in a holding pattern!  Bullhead was pretty simple and we stopped there for gas and to eat lunch.  The flight back to Vegas is always interesting.  We had a hard time receiving Las Vegas Approach and one of the other CFIs at our school was closer and heard us on the radio.  They acted as an intermediary and helped us out.  Way to go guys!  As we crossed over the hills around Vegas, we had a sudden wind shear.  This is exactly why you are always hands on the yolk when flying.  If I wasn’t holding on and immediately correcting, we would have hit at least a 45 degree bank or more.  But I’m a good pilot – not today, wind!  Finishing of this week will consist of more SIMs and maybe another flight to shoot another approach – we flew to St. George to shoot the GPS approach.  I struggled on this one and we had to circle to land which was good practice.

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