As the end of the semester approaches, it’s easy to look forward to Spring Break and all the fun we’ll have during the summer vacation. However, many flight students have an additional hurdle to overcome before vacation: the dreaded end of course checkride. With classes, finals, and project deadlines looming, it can be easy to push flying to the back burner in order to focus on other tasks, but this has consistently led to students not being able to finish their checkrides before leaving for break. Although this is an exceptionally busy time of year, there are a few simple steps you can take to maximize your chances of finishing your flight course before vacation begins.
If you plan to travel home for the break, consider leaving a few days after classes end to be available for flights. Summer weather in Prescott often brings gusty winds and thunderstorms, both of which can cancel your plans for flight activities and checkrides. Having a few extra days available for flying gives us a better chance to schedule your checkride, and reduces the pressure on you to go flying on a day with marginal weather. Changing your airline tickets home may cost a few dollars, but retraining for a checkride has the potential to be much more expensive, especially if you plan to be gone for a long break.
After you finish your normal course activities, filling out course completion paperwork is the next step. Do not delay this! It can take a day or two for everything to be processed here at the flightline, so you should plan to fill out all paperwork as soon as possible to get the process started. Your Stage Check Request Card (SCRC) specifies that your checkride availability must include a minimum of 10 days with four hour blocks of availability. This is a minimum requirement, and any additional availability greatly increases your chances of being scheduled sooner. Consider giving morning and evening availability, regardless of your course and flight block, as this gives us the flexibility to schedule oral checks and FTD checks at times of peak aircraft use, and vice versa.
Lastly, being prepared for your checkride is probably the single most important thing you can do to ensure timely course completion. Try to complete your course as early as possible to minimize the stress and difficulty of finishing a checkride with limited availability. Make sure you have adequate rest and nourishment to perform at the peak of your abilities. Study, study, study, and pass that checkride on the first attempt!
Remember that your IP, Training Manager, Records Office, and Scheduling Office are here to help you succeed, so don’t hesitate to contact us for any help you may need.