Flight 12 - Stage Check


The check pilot shall evaluate the student’s ability to manage a local solo flight while operating an airplane safely as pilot-in-command.


There is no scenario for this progress assessment other than the problems/scenarios the check pilot might present you with. The key to successful progress assessment outcomes is to study and have confidence in your abilities. Your instructor would not have put you in for this progress assessment if he/she thought you weren’t ready. Have fun and Good Luck!

  • Review your training airplane’s POH
    • Chapter 2 - Limitations
    • Chapter 3 - Emergency Procedures
    • Chapter 4 - Normal Procedures
    • Chapter 5 - Performance
    • Chapter 6 - Weight and Balance
  • Review Federal Aviation Regulations
    • Part 61 Student Pilot Study List
    • Part 91 Student Pilot Study List
  • Prepare for flight to the Westover - Amador Co Airport (KJAQ)
    • Use your plotter to determine the true course and distance in nautical miles from Cameron Park airport to Westover - Amador Co Airport. Convert the true course to a magnetic course by applying the magnetic deviation depicted on the sectional chart for this area.
    • On the notepad that you take with you into the airplane, write down these details regarding the Westover - Amador Co Airport:
      • Airport Name and Identifier
      • Airport Elevation
      • Traffic Pattern Altitude
      • CTAF Frequency
      • AWOS Frequency
      • Runway identifiers, width, length and type of visual glide slope indicator, and traffic pattern direction
  • Obtain a weather briefing and be prepared to present it during the Preflight Discussion
  • Calculate weight and balance and takeoff and landing performance
  • Review aircraft maintenance records to determine compliance with inspection requirements.
Learning Objectives
Preflight Discussion
Desired Outcome Task/Knowledge
Perform Discuss lesson objective and completion standards
Perform Explain student pilot privileges and limitations
Perform Explain Aircraft Limitations and Aircraft Airworthiness
Perform Explain Emergency Procedures
Perform Calculate weight and balance
Perform Calculate takeoff and landing performance
Perform Explain airport and airspace rules
Perform Risk Management and Decision-Making Scenario
Perform Preflight Risk Assessment
Desired Outcome Task/Knowledge
Perform Maneuvering during Slow Flight
Perform Power-Off Stall
Perform Power-On Stall
Perform Steep Turns
Perform Rectangular Course
Perform S-Turns
Perform Turns Around a Point
Perform Normal Takeoff
Perform Traffic Pattern
Perform Normal Landing
Perform Go-Around
Perform Forward Slip
Perform Emergency Descent
Perform Emergency Approach and Landing
Perform System and Equipment Malfunctions
Perform Collision Avoidance, Windshear Avoidance, Wake Turbulence Avoidance
Postflight Briefing
Desired Outcome Task/Knowledge
Perform Critique performance
Completion Standards
The lesson is complete when the pilot-in-training can:
  • correlate risk management procedures and applicable regulations to student pilot solo flights.
  • list and explain the v-speeds, limitations and emergency procedures for their training airplane.
  • compute performance and weight and balance calculations.
  • operate in accordance with risk management procedures and applicable regulations.
  • perform all maneuvers and procedures to meet or exceed standards outlined in the pre-solo stage completion standards.
  • demonstrates the knowledge and ability to operate the airplane as pilot-in-command for local solo flights.
  • maintain altitude within ±150 feet, heading within ±20 degrees and airspeed within ±10 knots.