Private Pilot!

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After 6 months of flying, I was ready for the check-ride. I've been ready since before Christmas, having completed my training on the 23rd. I scheduled my check-ride on the 28th. That day was quite interesting. I went to the flight school to check everything over with Josh and make sure I was ready. Then we called the examiner to schedule the check-ride. It was about 5pm, and Josh made the call, which was very fortunate for me as it interrupted the examiner's dinner. He said to have me to call him later and we would get things squared away. I talked through the paperwork and got a few pointers from some people at the flight school. I got a lot of really good information like where I will most likely be planning to fly and some advice on the examiner's favorite consumables (coffee and doughnuts). Not that I am implying that I would try to bribe the examiner with food and beverage; it's just helpful for making a good impression. On an interesting side note, I also met my instructor's instructor. I left the flight school and went across the ramp to my office where I called the examiner back. It was a little after 6pm and he was ready to take my call. We briefly exchanged pleasantries, including the fact that this was a Private Pilot check-ride and quickly moved on to the meat of the scheduling. I was looking at the weather for the next week or two, it was going to be hit or miss just about any day I picked. I asked if it was possible to do it on the 1st of the year. I didn't expect it to work out, but I was hopeful. I wouldn't have to take a day off work, and it would be a great way to start off the year. He said it was a possibility, but that it might be rescheduled due to weather. I inquired about his wei... ... middle of paper ... ...t we would meet at the FBO rather than the flight school. This was no big deal, but I did inquire about whether I needed the aircraft paperwork. He said we'd get around to that in preflight, so it wasn't necessary right away. I said I'd see him in about an hour, and I set out to find doughnuts since the coffee is already good and free at the FBO. I showed up about 20 minutes early and walked in to meet the examiner. Despite my early arrival, he had beat me. We exchanged pleasantries and he led me to the room he uses for oral exams. We made small talk while I got my stuff out. Then, once I seemed ready, he asked "Do you believe in checklists?" This made me incredibly nervous. My response slipped out, "absolutely." An affirmative answer is the only answer worth giving. He produced the examiner checklist for the entire event and started working his way down it.

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