Checkride Information


  • Print the "Appointment Checklist" PDF below and use it to organize your materials for the checkride. Note that some items are not applicable to every checkride: e.g. graduation certificate for a Part 61 applicant, or IFR aircraft inspections for a private pilot checkride. The applicant does not need to bring the checklist to the checkride.
  • Download the “Applicant Data Form” PDF below and complete all fields using Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free download.
    • Email completed PDF to by no later than three business days prior to the checkride
    • Also email a photo of your government issued ID, pilot certificate, and medical
  • CRITICAL NOTE: The applicant must be able to log into IACRA at the time of the checkride. This requires the applicant have with them their username and password. Note that the username is different than the FTN.



Weight and Balance/ Cross-Country Flight Planning

  • Many checkrides require a pre-planned cross-country flight be assigned. If this is the case, two sets of weight and balance data must be calculated:
    • One for the planned cross-country with an assigned (see below) passenger and baggage load, and as much fuel as could be loaded in the assigned scenario, and
    • One for the actual checkride loading conditions. For actual weight and balance purposes, I am 210 pounds, and will have a 10 pound bag with me. Please have the aircraft fully fueled, if this is possible given WB restrictions.

Helpful Information

  • All checkrides are conducted according to the applicable airman certification standards (ACS). It is imperative that the instructor and applicant are intimately familiar with the content of the current ACS to be properly prepared for the checkride. Please note that the contents of ACS change frequently.
  • Special note for instructors on endorsements (NOT ACTUAL VERBIAGE, REFER TO CURRENT VERSION AC 61-65):
    • For most checkrides, two logbook/ training record endorsements are required by the FAA:
      • One is required by part 61.39(6), and must include specific language. An example of an endorsement that contains all the required language is:
        "I certify that ________________________ has received and logged training time within 2 calendar months preceding the month of application in preparation for the practical test; is prepared for the required practical test; and has demonstrated satisfactory knowledge of the subject areas in which the applicant was deficient on the airman knowledge test."
      • The other is required by the section of FAR 61 that is relevant to the rating being applied for. Using the example of a Private Pilot applicant, the relevant FAR is 61.103(f), and an example of a compliant endorsement is:
        "I certify that I conducted the training in the areas of operation listed in §61.107(b) of this part that apply to the aircraft rating sought; and certify that ______________________ is prepared for the required practical test."
    • If all of the required pieces are not present, the checkride can not begin. In particular, the language I find most often missing is either the certification relating to training in the past 2 months, not putting a Category and Class on the endorsement, or the language stating the applicant is now satisfactory in the areas that were deficient on the knowledge exam. Please do NOT simply use the blank endorsements commonly found in the back of logbooks without confirming they are complete.

Fees (Starting in 2023)

PVT single engine at:

  • BVY: $700
  • BED: $750
  • LWM: $700
  • KASH $700
  • Other airports: $850/ up, depending on distance, please contact me for specifics.


  • If both oral and flight need to be reexamined, the fee is the full rate.
  • If only the flight needs to be reexamined, the fee is:
    • BVY: $450
    • BED: $500
    • LWM: $450
    • Other airports: $550/ up, depending on distance, please contact me for specifics.


For your planning purposes prepare a weight and balance using the checkride airplane, two passengers weighing 170 pounds each (if a 2 seat airplane plan a 200 pound passenger), and 120 pounds of baggage (2-60 pound bags for 2 seat aircraft, 3-40 pound bags for 3+ seat aircraft). Plan a Cross Country to KLKP Lake Placid. Planning will be evaluated during the practical portion on the first takeoff and subsequent joining of the planned en route leg.

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