Well into my summer holiday it’s time to go back in time a few weeks and recap the IR skill test. It’s been such a busy start to the summer that I just haven’t found the time before!
I had my skill test for the Instrument Rating just over 3 weeks ago. First and foremost – I passed! I’ve already received my updated pilot’s license too, which in addition to SEP (land) now states IR(A). Pretty cool considering it was just a year ago I got my PPL. The school is over halfway done, just one more year left.
We flew our skill tests in pairs just like the school flights. Mostly the plot was that the first student flew from Pori (EFPO) to Turku (EFTU) and the second one flew back. The basic maneuvering in instrument conditions was done in training area either in Turku or Pori.
In addition to the basic maneuvering the skill test consisted of the cross-country part and the approaches. The skill test requires a precision and a non-precision approach to be made. An ILS approach was the precision approach and we made VOR and RNAV approaches as the non-precision ones. One of the approaches ended in a go-around, one was a touch-and-go and the last one obviously a full stop. Basic maneuvering included for example stall recoveries, slow flight, turns, recoveries from unusual attitudes with ADI inoperative, climbs and descents, everything to demonstrate your ability to control the plane in instrument conditions.
A couple of days after my skill test I renewed my class 1 medical. It’s now valid for one more year. The Instrument Rating is also valid only one year at a time. I’m starting to get used to all these checkups and testing!
It’s been a hectic spring at school with the IR training and the PIC flying. I’m so glad to have a long summer holiday. School continues in August with ATPL theory, lasting until the end of the year. It’s gonna be a lot of hours sitting in class. Preparing for it by staying on the move now as much as possible! Flying continues in 2015.