Flight Test Exercises - Preparation for Flight

6. Taxiing (and Canopy Inflation for Powered Parachutes)

Aim

To determine that the candidate can manoeuvre the aircraft safely and avoid unnecessary interference with movement of other traffic.

Description

The candidate will be required to taxi the aircraft to and from the runway in use and as otherwise required during the test. Provided that traffic and other conditions permit, the candidate will be expected to taxi along taxiway centrelines where they exist. The candidate will be expected to position the flight controls appropriately for wind conditions. During calm wind conditions, the examiner will specify a wind speed and direction in order to test this ability.

Powered parachute candidates will be required to exhibit knowledge of the elements of canopy inflation and taxiing.

Seaplane candidates will be required to demonstrate taxiing at slow speeds, on the step, sailing, docking or beaching, a simulated or actual approach to a buoy (mooring), and turns to downwind and into wind.

Performance Criteria

Assessment will be based on the candidate's ability to:

  1. safely manoeuvre the aircraft, considering other traffic;
  2. use appropriate taxiing speeds;
  3. adhere to local taxi rules, procedures and ATC clearances and instructions;
  4. use flight controls and brakes correctly;
  5. identify and correctly interpret airport, taxiway, and runway signs, markings and lighting;
  6. after landing, clear the runway area and taxi to suitable parking/refuelling area;
  7. park the aircraft properly, considering the safety of nearby persons or property;
  8. make smooth and appropriate throttle applications as the canopy transitions from ground pick-up through maximum drag to taxi position (powered parachute candidates only); and
  9. safely manoeuvre the aircraft by sailing, and the ability to carrying out docking or beaching procedures, as applicable (seaplane candidates only).
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