RE: Private Pilot Exam
Excellent advice, Larry. I had my PPL checkride about a year ago, and I wish I would've known these things before the ride.
"If you make a mistake or two, it's not an automatic failure, especially if you catch and correct the mistake."
VERY true. On my ride, I landed maybe 30' short of my point on short-field landings, and I told the DE so. Since the tolerances for short-field are -0/+200, I thought I had busted my checkride right there. As we taxied off, the DE asked what I could've done to hit my spot. I commented that I could perhaps flare a little longer, or just have pulled up a bit more for a few seconds. He said, "Works for me." And we continued the ride.
And in case the worst happens, the DE MUST tell you if, at any point, you've failed the checkride. So as long as he hasn't told you you've failed, you're doing fine.
Good Luck, Ryan! It's a lot of stress, but it's all worth it once the DE hands you that airman's certificate. :-wave
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