General - Pre-Test Briefing

Pilot examiners are required to brief test candidates on the following details:

  1. The sequence of flight test items. There is no need for the candidate to memorize this sequence, as the examiner will give instructions for each item.
  2. If in doubt - Ask! Candidates who do not clearly understand what they are being asked to do should feel free to ask. It may be that the examiner was not clear in giving instructions.
  3. Who is pilot-in-command? The pilot-in-command should be the flight test candidate and, if the examiner is a Transport Canada employee, it will always be the flight test candidate.
  4. Who will do what in the event of an actual emergency? A briefing by the candidate should detail the actions to be taken by the candidate and the examiner in the event of an actual emergency.
  5. How to transfer control. There should never be any doubt as to who is flying the aircraft so proper transfer of control using phrases such as "You have control" and "I have control" is expected during a flight test. A visual check is recommended to verify that the exchange has occurred.
  6. Ground references. Intended touchdown zones and specific touchdown points. For the approach and landing, when the examiner specifies simulated conditions, the examiner must be clear about the simulated conditions, such as surface conditions, obstacles on approach, runway threshold or length of surface available to the candidate.
  7. Method of simulating emergencies. What method will be used? Verbal? Engine failures will only be simulated in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations or, in their absence, by closing the throttle or by reducing power to flight idle. The moving of mixture controls to idle cut-off will only be used where specifically recommended by the manufacturer. The practice of closing fuel valves, shutting off magneto switches or pulling of circuit breakers will not be used during a flight test.
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