IR 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.

Departure airport: Portland-Hillsboro (KHIO)
Route: Requires a SID and low-level airway
Arrival airport: Astoria Regional (KAST)

Figure 1. Astoria (KAST) Taxi Diagram


  • ILS 26, missed approach into hold
  • VOR 8, circle to land 26

Checkride Examination Requirements

Examination must be flown entirely without the use of a flight director or autopilot.

Pilot Rating Aircraft Requirements

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

  • Fixed wing
  • Single engine and Piston driven
  • Max Gross weight less 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. 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. 


  • Weather including winds aloft, icing conditions, go/no-go decision
  • Alternate airport in case of bad weather
  • Cross-country route
    • ATC interaction (who is on-line, when to contact them)
    • Route selection incl. SID and STAR.
    • Airways
    • Weather briefing
    • Fuel calculations
    • Nav aids
  • File flight plan including equipment

Emergency Procedures

  • Icing
  • Loss of equipment

General en-route

  • ATC communications (real or simulated)
  • Use of voice UNICOM
  • Loss of communications
  • Proper ATC Freq tuning
  • Proper phraseology


  • Full use of checklists
  • External checks
  • Start from cold-dark
  • Radio tuning
  • Pitot heat
  • Appropriate use of mixture
  • Proper run-up procedures

Flight by Reference to Instruments

  • Use of land-based or airborne nav system
  • Determine position
  • Intercept or track given course
  • Maintain assigned heading and altitude

Precision approach

  • Brief approach incl. missed approach procedures
  • Select, tune and identify ILS freq.
  • Maintain stabilized approach
  • Execute missed approach at DH

Missed Approach

  • Execute at DH
  • Proper climb configuration at Vy


  • Proper entry into hold
  • Correct airspeed, altitude and headings
  • Comply with ATC reporting requirements

Non-precision Approach

  • Brief approach incl. missed approach procedures
  • Select, tune and identify VOR freq.
  • Maintain stabilized approach
  • At MDA transition into a circling approach

Circling Approach

  • Confirm direction of traffic pattern and circling restrictions
  • Visually maneuver to a base or downwind


  • Touchdown attitude and location
  • Crosswind correction - actual or simulated

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.
August 2020

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