I passed my checkride re-test on Monday afternoon. I hadn't planned on taking it that day. I had gone up for a review flight earlier and was all set to schedule the test. The examiner happened to be at the airport and was available, so we just hopped into the airplane and got it over with. I didn't have the opportunity to become nervous. I could not be happier.
The test started out with a mistake: when taxiing forward from the tie-down spot, I was unable to turn the airplane. Someone had set the parking brake, and it took me a while to realize that. In all of my training, I've used the parking brake maybe once and it has never been set when I got into the airplane. Embarrassing. I'll never miss that again.
|Installation of a rebuilt ILS antenna at HEF|
The soft-field landings weren't my best work. Too much power added too early, the airplane ballooned and I recovered. The attempt on return at Manassas was a little bit better. I've surely got practice to do, but I managed to keep it within the standards (PTS).