Plane & Pilot
Thursday, July 1, 2004

Challenge Yourself

There are lots of ways to have more flying fun. But if you sign up for advanced ratings, you’ll also end up being a better pilot.

Challenge YourselfNo question about it—earning the private license is a major accomplishment. Some pilots will never need to seek additional ratings. The private allows pilots to operate in a wide variety of conditions, and many aviators content themselves with the entry-level ticket.
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In fact, expanding your flight skills is such a popular subject among insurance companies that some are encouraging pilots to participate in recurrency programs offered by companies like FlightSafety or Simuflight in exchange for a discount or lower premium. Avemco Insurance Company, for instance, is offering pilots a 5% premium credit if they complete any Avemco-approved recurrency training, some of which include real-world training scenarios with a CFI, the FAA Wings Program, crosswind training, tailwheel training and any other additional ratings or certificates. The company believes that expanding your flight skills through recurrency training will not only result in less accidents, but also create better and safer pilots. So, the bottom line is that obtaining advanced ratings is beneficial for everyone—especially for pilots and their wallets.

The Practical Test Checklist
Before taking your exam, prepare a checklist for any required equipment and paperwork. The following list can help you remember what you might need when you take your check ride. Although some of them might not be applicable to every exam, checking them off the list will give you some peace of mind, which will leave you more time to focus on the test:
• A completed and signed 8710 form
• A valid picture ID
• Money or a check for the designated examiner
• A current medical certificate (third-class minimum)
• A logbook showing the required endorsements, training and hours
• The knowledge test report (if required) that you’ve already passed within the last 24 calendar months
• Any other documents required by the examiner (cross-country log, weight-and-balance calculations, etc.)
• A headset
• A kneeboard
• A checklist for the aircraft
• Pens
• Charts (VFR and IFR)
• A plotter
• A flight computer
• A timer
• A brain full of knowledge


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