The day has finally arrived. After a week of sulking and some more practice the day has arrived to finish the CFII check ride after last weeks discontinuance.
I spent Monday evening playing the instructor to the other student in our CFII class as I taught the G1000 sim and the maneuvers that were left on my task list. That went well but I still needed work on getting the instructions out fast and cleanly as there is a lot to do.
I awoke at 5:30, yes that’s AM, so I could get in an hour of my own practice (before going to work) on the sim and got it set up and then flew the partial panel approach as I “taught” myself and walked through all the steps. I had also reread Rod Machado’s IFR handbook on holding entries the night before and it all finally clicked. I could always enter the hold but I had to work at the process. That morning in the sim was magical and it just made sense. I got it now, this is in the bag!
We had some interesting technical challenges with the sim right as I was intercepting the final approach course, the engine failed! No the DPE pulling any funny stuff either. So we had to shut it down, reboot, and it was still wonky, so another shutdown and reboot. Meanwhile I’m thinking it’s broke and I’ll end up with another discontinuance and be stuck paying a third time as well.
We persevered and got the sim booted up fine and then repositioned my to where I was before and the exam continued. Whew, okay I can focus and do this.
Flew the partial panel G1000 approach and teaching at the same time how to adjust to that, what scan changes I was doing and utilizing the power of the moving map and such.
Then it was on to the hold and I explained the parameters of the hold instruction and the all important way to determine the correct entry. That all went perfectly thanks to the practice.
Last up was to teach the unusual attitude and correct recovery techniques for both climbing and descending situations. I’ve always done well at that so no surprises there and we talked about common errors too that students make.
Did I pass?
It was odd to not know, even though I thought I did as she went off to finish off the IACRA application and suddenly was on the phone with the FAA. Hmmm, I started getting nervous. She needed to input the type of sim or really the type flight training device it was, on the application, but I didn’t know if she was checking the “Issue” box or something less desirable.
After an hour it was resolved and I was relived to see she was checking the Issue a certificate box and printed out my new CFI certificate with the added Instrument Airplane privileges on it.
Then it was time to take the “I just passed my check ride” photo at the plane the we flew the initial part of ride then. What a thrill.
Getting back to teaching
So my time as a student is over and I can go back to teaching. Not only my primary student but also now the instrument student that was my motivation for adding this so soon after gaining the initial CFI.
Just like passing the private check ride, us instructors are still learning as we start teaching as it really is an art form to do it right. Thankfully the DPE’s recognize that we might be a little rough around the edges but they see the potential in us as we must do with our students and work to bring out the shine in them.