Checkride Checklist

It’s only a few days before your checkride and you keeping wondering if you’re missing something?

With all that aeronautical knowledge swirling around in your head you can’t forget the basics. So here is the IMSAFE checklist to make sure you are safe to fly before your checkride.

Illness
Medications
Stress
Alcohol
Fatigue
Eating

Illness
If you are sick or not feeling well, beyond just nervousness, then you are not safe to fly. You need to be able to focus and react quickly. Being healthy to fly is important, especially on your checkride.

Medications
Do not take medications that will affect your reasoning, reaction time or cause you to be drowsy. It may seem obvious, but don’t take anything that has that little warning about “operating heavy machinery” because an airplane falls under that category. There are plenty of medications that have other side-affects, so be aware of what you are taking.

Stress
Relax and plan. Plan to eliminate your stress. When you are studying or taking a moment to relax, schedule that time and turn off your phone. Make plans to decrease interruptions and reduce your anxiety. Remember, relax and have some confidence!

Alcohol
The FAA has an eight hour alcohol free rule, but it might be safer to give yourself a 24 hour alcohol free rule. The main point is to be free of alcohol’s direct and after affects.

Fatigue
Whether you might suffer from chronic or acute fatigue, give yourself plenty of time to sleep the night before. You need to be alert and awake for your checkride to go well. If you broke the previous 24 hour rule, then you’ll need time to recover.

Eating
Have a full healthy meal before your checkride. An empty stomach or an irritated stomach will not help you. Fruits, vegetables, protein and carbohydrates are your friends. Look for foods that have a timed release like whole grains and protein, you want a steady supply of energy.

This is a great checklist for your checkride, but also for any time you are flying. Think IMSAFE with Sawyer Aviation, because safety is one of our top priorities.

Have you heard of this checklist before? Do you have any checklists of your own? Let us know and comment below!

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