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First Officer Checkride -
Version: 2005.01.22

General Instructions:

NOTE: Before you can submit Altair checkrides you will need to download and install the relevant Flight recorder module. Go to Tools for the cockpit to download and install the version appropriate to your version of the simulator (FS2004 or FSX). Save the file on your hard drive.

Today's flight will be a short 30 minute hop from Long Beach (KLGB) to nearby Chino (KCNO). You'll be flying the Cessna 172 or 182S under VFR and cruising at 3,500 feet. Plan to depart runway 25L, turning left direct SLI, and tracking the V21 airway toward Paradise (PDZ) VOR. As you get close to PDZ, KCNO will appear at your ten-o'clock. You will turn left, descending to enter the traffic pattern on the downwind leg for runway 26L. Study this entire checkride carefully as there are many details that must be followed. The skills you need to pass this checkride are taught in the Basic and Visual Flying series of lessons.

Please also review the standards of performance required to pass this checkride.

The Prof

WX Briefing:

Today's weather at KLGB is scattered clouds at 4500, winds 272 at 6 knots, visibility 10 statute miles and altimeter 30.34.

Download the flight and wx files.

Departing KLGB turning left for SLI

From this zip file, extract the two FS9 files into your ..\My Documents\Flight Simulator Files\ folder. FSX students should use the C172 Skyhawk. Select the VFR Checkride flight after you start the simulator.

Important Instructions -

Practice this flight as often as needed. If this is the first time making a flight recording with Altair, please read the instructions on how to make a recording. We do not use the Flight Simulator video recorder. You will need to submit a flight data file for evaluation. Ignore any ATC instructions the simulator provides. Do not contact them. Instead, follow the instructions contained in this checkride.

Flight briefing:

After takeoff, fly direct to the Seal Beach VOR (SLI) then follow the V21 airway toward KCNO. This will be SLI R-058 FROM and at about halfway between SLI and the Paradise (PDZ) VOR, you'll pick up the PDZ R-238 TO. Wx at KCNO indicates the 26's are probably active. If so, you'll plan to fly a left-hand pattern for landing 26L. Pay close attention to altitudes and airspeeds throughout the flight.


Airport diagram for KLGB
Sectional for LGB and CNO area
KCNO airport info (diagram not available).

Let's go!

Preflight your aircraft. Do your before engine start checks, start engine and set your NAV1 radio to Seal Beach VOR, SLI 115.70, NAV2 to Paradise PDZ 112.20 and squawk VFR. . You'll be departing runway 25L so set your heading bug to 250.

When ready, taxi to runway 25L via Delta, Delta 3, Lima 3 and Lima 4 taxiways. Holding short of 25L, you would contact the tower for departure clearance.

" reaching 1,000 feet, turn left heading 180. Cleared for takeoff. "

START YOUR FLIGHT DATA RECORDER - Be sure you've configured the recorder settings according to the flight recorder instructions.

Taxi onto to the runway, check prop full-in, push the throttle full-in and keep it straight on the runway centerline. At about 55-60 knots, pull the nose up 10 degrees to maintain about 800-1000 fpm but watch your airspeed. Reaching 300 feet, retract flaps, pull prop back to 2,400 RPM (182 only; for the 172, keep throttle at full) and use pitch to accelerate and maintain about 90-100 knots (Cessna 182) or 75 knots (Cessna 172) airspeed on the climb.

Climbing through 1,000 feet, turn left heading 180. Reaching 2,000 feet turn left 080 and proceed direct SLI. As you come around toward SLI, readjust your OBS to center it, make sure the TO flag is showing, and adjust your heading to keep the needle centered. Reduce throttle until manifold pressure just comes into the green range and continue climb to 3,500 and level off.

Watch the DME which will show distance to SLI. As you fly over the station, your TO/FROM flag will switch from TO to FROM. When that happens, turn left heading 058, reset OBS to 058, intercept and track the 058 radial. It's ok to lead the turn to V21, but you must stay within 4 NM of the VORTAC. You'll track V21 outbound for about 12 miles.

Reaching SLI 12 DME you are also about 12 miles from KCNO, you contact the Tower and advise position and intention to land KCNO. Tower instructs you to fly a left-hand pattern for runway 26L.

Now retune NAV1 to PDZ. Thirteen DME is about the halfway point between the two VORs. Start a 500 FPM descent from 3,500 to 1,400, the traffic pattern altitude for KCNO. Nine DME from PDZ, turn left to a 010 heading and watch for the airport. It should be straight ahead.

KCNO one mile ahead, time to turn right for the downwind leg

About 1 mile from the field start a right turn to enter the pattern. Throttle to about 18 inches of manifold pressure (C182) or 1800 RPM (C172). Abeam the threshold, set throttle for 15-16 inches and slow until airspeed drops into the white arc. Set flaps 10, and pitch for 90/80 (182/172) knots. When you are at the 45 degree position from the threshold (about 30 seconds or less later), turn to base leg and set flaps 20. Pitch for 80/70 (182/172) knots. Tip: If you find you are below the PAPI glidepath turning final, you are starting your turn to base too late. Turn base leg sooner. Ideally you will have two red, two white on the PAPI turning final.

Watch the runway out the left window and when ready, turn to your final leg and set flaps full. 70/60 (182/172) knots is your target speed. Adjust throttle to maintain the glidepath, and pitch for airspeed. ", winds are 270 at 6, you are cleared to land runway 26L. "

You touchdown on the centerline, brake and taxi off the runway to the right at the next taxiway. ", contact ground on 121.6, good day. "

STOP YOUR RECORDER - Name the filename with your ALT pilot number.

You stop for a few minutes reflecting on the flight and how you could have improved. Maybe use instant replay to see the approach and landing again to critique yourself.

Click here to submit your checkride. You will be instructed to attach the .frc file, located in your flight simulator files directory (for example, c:\My Documents\Flight Simulator Files\.frc).

Note: If you do not hear back from a Flight Instructor within 72 hours, please check on the status of your checkride.

Congratulations on your first Altair checkride!

Short final. Flaps full and slow to touchdown speed.


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