ATPL Checkride Requirements

This is a self-graded test, we do not have instructors you can book or grade your flight. If you need help you can ask in our Discord.

To watch a video going over the checkride check out this video by Kris:

Departure and arrival airport: Portland International (KPDX)

Approaches: RNAV(GPS) Y LNAV RWY 10L
Weather: 400 feet ceiling, 3000 feet tops, 2 SM visibility

V2 Engine Failure

Due to the requirement of failing an engine after liftoff/V2, the aircraft used must either have custom failures available (when using P3D or MSFS2020), use an add-on module or the failure must be set using X-Plane's built-in feature that can trigger failures at a certain speed. 

Pilot Rating Aircraft Requirements

Aircraft allowed to be used for this pilot rating must be:

  • Fixed wing and Retractable gear
  • Multiengine
  • Turboprop OR Turbojet driven
  • Max Gross weight more than 5670kg (12,500lbs)

There are three possible outcomes of each listed task: (1) Pass (satisfactory), (2) Fail (unsatisfactory), or (3) Discontinuance.

One or more failed (or incomplete) tasks automatically result in a failed (or discontinued) checkride. To avoid having to retake the entire practical test, a student has 90 days from the date of a first Dismissal Notice or Discontinuance to pass the practical test. A retake should focus on the tasks that were marked as failed or incomplete during the original test however the evaluator has the discretion to re-evaluate any tasks. If the student fails the second checkride, he/she must contact the VATSTAR CFI to determine how to proceed with subsequent testing.


  • Aircraft limitations
    • Vmc - Red Line
    • Vyse - Blue Line
    • V1
    • Vr
    • V2
  • Systems
    • Primary flight controls
    • Basic electrical systems
    • Power Plant and Propeller Basic Operations
    • Landing Gear
    • Pitot-static system, vacuum system, and associated flight instruments
    • Avionics (Comm, NAV, Transponder)
    • Deicing and anti-icing
    • Fuel, Air, Hydraulics for model of aircraft being used
    • Operation of FMS (if capable)

Engine Starting

  • Full use of checklists
  • External checks
  • Start from aircraft normal state (cold & dark or short turnaround)
  • Program FMS/GPS and set up AP


  • Understanding ATC instructions
  • Runway incursion avoidance

Low Visibility Take-off and Climb

  • Make radio calls
  • Verify runway, wind
  • Rotate and climb-out at Vyse +10/-5 knots or V2 +10/-5 knots (or FMS speeds)

Departure Procedure

  • Comply with all applicable chartered procedures
  • Fly as per DP or execute left turn hdg 360 if on PTLD2
  • Engage AP

Steep Turns

  • Must be hand flown
  • Two 360 degree turns in opposite directions
  • Maintain altitude ±100 feet, airspeed ±10 knots 45° bank ±5°
  • Roll out on initial heading ±10°

Non-precision Approach

  • Engage and program AP
  • Set up RNAV equipment for RNAV(GPS) Y LNAV RWY 10L
  • Comply with clearances and restrictions
  • Program MDA and VREF
  • Within published tolerances
    • 1/2-scale needle deviation
    • airspeed ±10 knots
  • Turn off AP and transition to visual approach before MDA

Go-around/Rejected Landing

  • Execute missed approach for RNAV(GPS) Y LNAV RWY 10L as published
  • Engage AP
  • Transition to departure and climb-out at Vyse +10/-5 knots or V2 +10/-5 knots (or FMS speeds)


  • Hold over BTG as published on RNAV(GPS) Y LNAV RWY 10L Missed Approach Procedure
  • AP is allowed
  • Use FMS hold feature if available
  • Correct airspeed, altitude and headings
  • Comply with ATC reporting requirements

Precision approach

  • Program FMS/AP for ILS RWY 10L
  • Select, tune and identify radio equipment
  • Comply with clearances and restrictions
  • Use of checklist
  • Disconnect AP when runway in sight
  • Within published tolerances
    • 1/2-scale needle deviation, vertical or lateral
    • Airspeed ±10 knots

Normal Approach and Landing

  • Proper use of checklist
  • Proper calls
  • Runway selection and confirmation
  • Touchdown speed, attitude and location
  • Crosswind correction – actual or simulated
  • Brakes applied properly

Engine Failure After Liftoff/V2

  • Set aircraft or sim to trigger engine failure at either V yse or V2
  • Establish Vyse or V(or FMS speeds)
  • Maintain heading ±20° and airspeed ±10 knots.
  • If using turboprop aircraft secure inoperative engine

Flight by Reference to Instruments

  • Must be hand flown
  • One engine remains failed
  • Use of land-based or airborne nav system
  • After takeoff, fly towards BTG VOR
  • Without using autopilot and using only instruments maintain:
    • Airspeed ±10 knots
    • Heading ±15°
    • Altitude ±50 feet
  • Maintain straight and level flight for 5 minutes at 3,500 feet
  • Engage autopilot

Instrument Approach and Landing with an Inoperative Engine

  • One engine remains failed
  • Select, tune and identify radio equipment
  • Program FMS/AP
  • Use of checklist
  • Disconnect AP when runway in sight
  • Within published tolerances
    • 1/2-scale needle deviation, vertical or lateral
    • Airspeed ±10 knots

Postflight Procedures

  • Taxi to parking
  • Securing aircraft back to dark & cold

Tomas Hansson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Chief Flight Instructor, VATSTAR
DISCLAIMER: all information contained herein is for flight simulation purposes only.
September 2020

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