Your Practical Test

Your Practical Test

Finally, it all comes down to a few hours on a wondrous day when you have an appointment with the FAA’s designated pilot examiner (DPE) to take your flying practical test. Other flight guides on this site will help you pass it.

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For now, know that everyone — including your instructor and your examiner — want you to pass the test. The paperwork is much easier for them if you pass. Your instructor thought enough of your developed skills to recommend you for testing, and the results reflects on the instructor’s record. What could stop you from passing your test is nervousness, being fearful, and not doing your best. If you’re really not quite comfortable, ask your instructor for additional training or at least use some solo-flying hours to get more comfortable. Then go for it!

"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore."
-- Andre Gide