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Summary of Instrument Rating Oral Examination and Checkride The Oral Exam Topics and Example Questions While Examiner Looks at the Airplane Log Books 1. What inspections are required for IFR? 2. How often does the pitot-static system need to be checked? 3. How often does the transponder need to be checked? 4. How often does the ELT need to be checked? 5. Is there anything else that needs to be checked on the airplane for IFR flight? (he wanted to know about the VORs) 6. How often do the VORs need to be checked? 7. What are the different ways you check a VOR? (VOR checkpoint on ground, air checkpoint, VOR radial along an airway, against each other, and a VOT) 8. What is the maximum deviation for each type of check? 9. What is a VOT? And how is a VOR checkpoint and a VOT different? 10. Where can you find VOR checkpoints and VOTs? (bring a paper AFD) 11. How do you know where a VOR checkpoint is on the airport? What does it look like and how is it marked? 12. Where is the VOT located on the airport? Examiner Asked to See Planned Cross Country 1. When planning this route, how much fuel do you need? 2. Does that include reserves? If not, how much extra fuel do you need? 3. Do you still have to satisfy this requirement if your alternate is 150 miles away? 4. Say you fly all the way to Bedford, MA and they are busy and the airport is socked in. Your alternate is 150 miles away. What would you do if the controller said "Cardinal 177SM, proceed to the LOBBY intersection, hold as published, expect further clearance at 1515" and the current time is 1445? (Here, he was trying to make a point that this is a scenario that could really happen and that although you might have calculated your fuel requirement, you could spend a half hour in holding, go for the approach, miss the approach, and have to do it all over again. This would then become a fuel emergency because the half hour in holding, plus the extra 15 minutes to go missed has already eaten up your 45 minutes of reserve and it is no longer possible or practical to go to your alternate.) 5. When do you declare a 'critical fuel' situation? (he argued that if you get a "hold for half hour" clearance, that you should inform the controller right then and there that if you do that, you will be 'critical fuel' and want either priority handling or the next closest airport) 6. What does 'critical fuel' mean? Is it an emergency? 7. What determines your choice of an alternate airport? 8. What are the approach requirements for an alternate? 9. Does your alternate need to have a published approach? Why or why not? 10. Can you use Harford County Airport as an alternate? 11. What does NA mean? (Not Authorized it does NOT mean Not Applicable) Looking at the Williamsport Approach Plate 1. Describe for me how you do your approach briefing 2. What are the different ways you can find the Initial approach fix? 3. If you are departing Williamsport and they say "Cardinal 177SM cleared to the Harford

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