Commercial checkride writeup

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  1. airheadpenguin

    airheadpenguin Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Forgive me if this is briefer than usual, feel free to ask questions.

    Started at the FBO at 6:30, reviewed the usual aircraft documents, pilot records, etc...

    Oral exam focused on 2 areas:
    1) Weather, discussed differences in air masses and how that can result in wind shear. One indication of this is virga, which there were at altitude this morning. We reinforced what Va is and why its important in unstable atmospheres. Also spent some time on general weather like the current high pressure system over New England
    2) Commercial operations and what constitutes flying for compensation, with general review of what the differences between Part 91 commercial vs Part 121/Part 135

    Reviewed the basics of airspace including SUA types and where to find info about them using the planned XC as a talking point. Went through the weather products that I used in planning and discussed things that may happen during the trip. Discussed aircraft systems, he seemed satisfied when I was able to describe in detail not only what the squat switch did but how its installed on the Comanche. Then we headed out to the plane.

    Preflight was uneventful, discussed the airplane since there aren't that many Comanches around. Engine start and taxied out.

    Started with the softfield takeoff, little pitchy but otherwise good

    Did the XC portion by pilotage only to the 1st checkpoint before encountering "clouds" and needing to divert to KBED using pilotage. Provided approx heading and ETE.

    Next setup for Lazy 8s/Chandelles, did some maneuvering since we were getting close to the restricted area and not talking to anyone. Even though we'd already done clearing turns we'd moved a distance and recleared the area. This was pointed out as a good thing.

    Steep turns were all over the place but within spec

    Setup for stalls and performed them to the buffet/stall light which happen at roughly the same time in my Comanche because of the tip tanks

    Follow that with a simulated engine fire/failure at the same time, performed an emergency descent followed by steep spiral while working the engine failure checklist once he cleared the engine fire

    Then off to 8s on Pylons, which I got called on in the debrief for using too much bank instead of altitude and doing more like turns around a point. I was in too close but completed the maneuver as required

    Went back to KASH, PAPI lights were stuck in night mode so no help there. The wind was picking up winds were 290@7G13 so lots of headwind coming in. Did a normal landing followed by short field takeoff, softfield landing, normal takeoff. At this point tower gave me the option to jump in front of an R22 on 3 mi final, which I took and shouldn't have. At about 1mi final I commented to my DPE that we may go around since airspeed was a bit high for a short field landing. If we got over the runway and it wasn't under control I was going to go around. We didn't get that far he called the go-around and we came back around for the short field which was spot on this time, followed by a normal takeoff and the power off 180.

    The moral here is manage airspeed carefully on approach and fly it by the numbers. It'll work out just fine. Feedback was about using too much pitch to extend the glide once I was over the runway instead of power. Point taken but not unsafe.

    Taxied back to the hangar, and shut down.

    This is my 3rd ride (PP, IA, now CP) so when I was asked how I thought it went I had some smart a$$ comment like "well the spec for the ride is that if I fail you have to tell me right away so ... I passed but we have a few things to talk about" All in all it was about a 20 min debrief and worth its weight in gold.
     
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  2. jordane93

    jordane93 Final Approach PoA Supporter

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    Congrats now go make some money!
     
  3. Witmo

    Witmo Pattern Altitude

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    Good job! Congratulations.
     
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    Congrats.
     
  5. MotoFlier

    MotoFlier Line Up and Wait

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    Congrats!! Gonna be nice to see money start flowing in the opposite direction it has been haha!
     
  6. frfly172

    frfly172 Touchdown! Greaser!

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    Congrats
     
  7. Bonchie

    Bonchie Cleared for Takeoff

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    I thought they make you do an approach on the CPL ride if you want it to be instrument rated?
     
  8. James331

    James331 Ejection Handle Pulled

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    Nope, just a VFR ride and the instrument carries over as long as you're IFR before your CPL ride.
     
  9. airheadpenguin

    airheadpenguin Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Correct! There's no instrument work on the CPL ride, same with CFI-A
     
  10. jordane93

    jordane93 Final Approach PoA Supporter

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    That's for the multi commercial
     
  11. airheadpenguin

    airheadpenguin Pre-takeoff checklist

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    That's for multi-anything if you want to be instrument rated. Its under OEI ops
     
  12. BigBadLou

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    Nice write-up, thanks. Debriefs after a checkride are always a good thing, I look forward to them because I can learn a lot from them.
    Congratulations!
     
  13. Scott@KTYR

    Scott@KTYR Pattern Altitude PoA Supporter

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    Congrats!!!
     
  14. GMascelli

    GMascelli En-Route PoA Supporter

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    Congrats!

    Hope to start the commercial in the spring. I need to find some additional fun flying in retirement.