General – Pre-Test Briefing

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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 by two-way radio communications.

  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. 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, the position and dimensions of the take-off and landing area.

  4. 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 reducing power to idle.
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