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Good questions to ask before the IFR checkride

Steve

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I've got a student who is almost ready for the IFR checkride. What are some of the questions you CFII's like to ask? I've used up all my good (i.e. make you think, not tricky) ones.
 

aroden

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1. You're in total IMC about half way along in today's planned flight and you lose all electrical power - no radios or navigation equipment. What do you do and why?

2. Instead of the Cessna you've been training in, lets, for a minute, say you are now rated in and flying a Lear Jet at flight level 25 and lose your radios - what do you do, will you hold if you get there early and, if so, what altitude will you hold at? And how will you fly the approach? How long can the legs be for your procedure turns and why?

Those were the two that I had never heard before until the checkride.
 

CutEmUp

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What are part 91 takeoff mins?

Would you takeoff in 0,0? If not what?
 

A Squared

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aroden said:
say you are now rated in and flying a Lear Jet at flight level 25

wouldn't a lear be burning huge amounts of fuel at Flight Level 25?
 

bigD

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Hell, a Lear will be burning a huge amount of fuel at Flight Level 250.
 

heph224

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1. What weather criteria have to be met to fly a cross country flight to an airport without an approved instrument approach procedure?

2. How would you determine your MEA to that airport which has no established victor airways?

3. How many spare fuses do you need flying IFR at night in a piper warrior?
 

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I used to do a scenerio review, starting from leaving the house to go on a flight to landing. Took a few hours, but we went over everything. Great way to keep the student thinking instead of just flat out giving him/her questions out of the blue. As the scenerio progresses, you can switch things up and say, "Ok, what if the weather was this. What would you do?". They need to know how to apply the FAR's to real world flying. It's easy for the them to read and regurgitate (sp?) FAR's, but do they understand them?
 

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Can you takeoff out of (fill in the name of your favorite VFR grass-only airport here) under IFR? If so, how do you go about it, and are there any special considerations that you need to, er, consider? ;)

Fly safe!

David
 

landlover

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bigD said:
Hell, a Lear will be burning a huge amount of fuel at Flight Level 250.

yeah buts its a 23 and you couldn't get into rvsm airspace cause your boss is too stupid to see he/she is losing more money by not upgrading his ratty old equipment.
 

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Q: When operating in class G, do you need to be on an IFR flight plan in IMC???

A: No
 

minitour

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My favorite two-parter...

You lose comms in solid IMC with IMC the whole way...what do you do?
*appropriate answer*

So you start down on the ILS at the appropriate time and break out at 900' AGL. As you scan, you see the runway straight ahead and a red light coming from the Tower...what do you do?
 

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The DP/SID stuff in the AIM. How high to cross end of runway, how high to climb before turning, assumed climb gradient, etc.

You are doing an instrument approach into a Class E surface area reporting 900' and 2sm. Your buddy is holding at the FAF waiting for you to cancel so he can do the approach. You want to save him some time, can you cancel IFR as soon as you get the airport in sight?

You are inbound to a VOR which is the FAF for the approach. ATC gives you an altitude to maintain until the VOR and clears you for the approach. You happen to already be established on the inbound course. Do you have to perform a procedure turn? (NoPT is not anywhere on the approach plate).
 

aperson

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- Where is the Localizer located?
- How wide is the Localizer?
- Can you ever get a FROM indication on the LOC?
- How many glide slopes?
- How many altimeters in the airplane?
- What is known Icing?
 
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