The check pilot course I am on is fascinating so far; we spent the first three days in groundschool, talking about how to fill out the paperwork, about IFR procedures, and about how to conduct briefings and debriefings.
Okay, that stuff was pretty boring, but it got better. At the end of the third day, the class was presented with a few dozen events that might occur on a check-ride, and we discussed the grade we would give the candidates, and why.
As it turns out, it's pretty much all voodoo; there are very few cases in which a grade on a checkride is cut-and-dry, and most of them end up being grey areas in which we are expected to use our experience, judgement and discretion to arrive at grades.
Our class had about 20 people in it, from all aspects of the industry, and including about 10 Transport Inspectors doing recurrent training also.
I thought it was really interesting that one inspector might give a candidate a '1' (failure) on an exercise that another inspector would give the candidate a '3' (meets the standard) on. 99% of all the scenarios we discussed ended up being debated at length by everyone in the class, with lots of different opinions and grades assigned to the same events.
Doesn't that give you the warm fuzzies? :)
Anyway, moving on, last night we each created scenarios that would include the mandatory elements of a checkride (1 precision approach, 1 non-precision approach, hold, single-engine landing, V1 cut, etc)
Then today we conducted briefings on each other, and then got into the Citation 550 simulator here in Ottawa and conducted rides on each other.
Here's the scenario I prepared last night, and inflicted on the guys today.
If you passed this scenario with me on an official checkride, you'd earn a Citation 550 Type rating and an IFR renewal (assuming I checked off the correct boxes on the offical form). I still have a good ways to go before I'm signed off to be a check pilot, and a lot more experience to get, but I'm moving forward.
1. Start at main ramp in YOW (Ottawa) – Weather is 200’ceiling 1/2sm visibility
2. Regular checklist use
3. Engine Start – HUNG START on Second Engine
4. Reset, then normal engine start
5. Normal taxi, takeoff runway 32, Ottawa 1 SID
Trainer 1, Ottawa Tower, winds 250 at 11, cleared for TO runway 32, contact departure 128.17, good day.
6. On climb, AIR DUCT O/H
Trainer 1, good day, radar identified, climb and maintain 5,000’, cleared direct YOW VORTAC
7. Vectors to practice area, freeze location.
8. Steep Turns
9. Stalls (if applicable)
10. RH FUEL FILTER BYPASS after upper airwork is complete.
11. Vectors for ILS 07 – Weather set for 250’ 1 sm – vector to at least a 9 mile final
Trainer 1, maintain 3,000 until the glidepath intercept, cleared for the ILS runway 07 Ottawa, contact tower 118.8
12. At 100’, plane on runway – REJECTED LANDING
Trainer 1, pull up and go around, traffic on the runway. Climb to 3,000 and contact departure 128.17
13. On go-around, RH ENGINE FAILURE – (RE-LIGHT IS POSSIBLE)
14. Vectors to hold at YOW VORTAC – prefer parallel or offset entry
Trainer 1, runways are closed due to disabled ac, you are cleared to hold at the YOW VORTAC to hold NW on the 320 degree radial, maintain 4,000, expect approach clearance for VOR runway 14 at hold entry + 15 mins
15. New weather suitable for VOR 14 approach – 600’ 2 1/2sm
Trainer 1 you are cleared for the VOR runway 14 approach via the straight-in, contact Ottawa tower at KISUT on 118.8
16. normal landing (assuming crew has attempted restart of engine in #12)
Trainer 1 contact Ottawa ground 121.9
RESET FOR SECOND PHASE OF RIDE
17. Start at threshold of 07 – Weather is 100’, RVR 1200 – Ottawa 1 SID
Trainer 1 Ottawa Tower, winds 070 at 14, cleared for takeoff runway 07, contact departure on 128.17 after take-off.
18. On takeoff roll @ (V1 – 10%) - DUAL GEN FAILURE– rejected takeoff
19. Reset to runway 07 – Weather is 250’, RVR 1200
20. On takeoff roll @ V1 – LH ENGINE FIRE leading to ENGINE FAILURE – Fire will go out with use of bottle, but engine will not restart
Trainer 1, Ottawa Tower, contact departure on 128.17
21. Climb to 5,000’
22. Radar Vectors for ILS runway 32
Trainer 1, Ottawa departure, maintain 3,000. You are cleared for the ILS runway 32, at GREELY, contact Ottawa Tower on 118.8
Trainer 1, Ottawa Tower, good day, winds 060 @ 11, cleared to land
23. Single-engine landing
24. On landing rollout – ATC ADVISES SMOKE AND FLAME COMING FROM LH ENGINE
Trainer 1, Ottawa Tower observes smoke and flame coming from your left engine. What are your intentions.
25. Shutdown / EMERGENCY EVACUATION
I got lucky; it ended up flowing pretty well, and the guys did a good, professional job in dealing with the various crappy things I threw at them.
ps the towing mishap I mentioned in my last post turned out to be minor - Our mechanics took the plane apart and found no real damage, just some scraped paint on a small non-structural area. I'll let you know how much the new paint will cost as soon as I find out - it's aviation, so I'm thinking around 15k when all is said and done.