In less than 24 hours I will be undertaking my first, and hopefully only Mock test with Steve and I have to say its just as daunting as the real thing. I have never been one for tests or exams as you will have come to realise through reading this blog, I do not like to fail, or be criticised. I am of course my own biggest critic and will tell myself off to a greater extent than any other but even so, hearing it from someone else is something quite different.
As far as I am aware, the mock test is as close to the real thing as possible and its usual for a student to conduct the mock test with an instructor who they have not flown with very often. I’ll have to plan and then fly a route, talking to various radio and radar services and along the course my instructor will ask me to complete various tasks including flying only on instruments, diversions and some emergency procedures like engine failure and forced landings. Finally on return its 3 circuits of the airfield to complete 3 landings in different configurations. Standard, flapless and power off.
The thing is, I know I can do it. I know I have practiced all of the above enough to be competent… Im certainly a long way off being an “elegant” pilot but that only comes with hundreds of hours flight time and that is not what passing the test is about.
I love this feeling as much as I hate it, its a real quandary.