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This is a video of Allan Englehardt giving the Private Pilot Oral Exam for the FAA practical test. Flight Standards Aviation
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Alex (21 hours ago)
I wonder where is this guy now its been 22 years ago.
Nick Gresla (3 days ago)
He left one part out when carrying passengers, landings must be to a full stop and must be in an aircraft of the same category, class, and type (if required).
Tim Tully (5 days ago)
For those who did not know him.... the DPE is Allan Englehardt, 777 Captain for United Airlines...actually a very funny guy who lad a lot of great aviation stories....he passed away in 2016.
Foto Creations (5 days ago)
Who else watching in 2020? Still every bit relevant
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Dennis Morris (7 days ago)
I'm scared of the oral exam
Tanner White (8 days ago)
I remember watching this years ago before I knew anything about what they’re discussing now as a soon-to-be ATP applicant, Citation Sovereign pilot, it’s amazing to reflect on how much I’ve learned and how easy this oral exam would be for me now.
Rudolf Wickond (12 days ago)
Hm, no talk about the weapons system
Rock Snyder (12 days ago)
Why are so many commenters below talking about homosexuality? Is that some kind of insider aviation thing or something? I don’t get it.
Just and Ordinary Joe (16 days ago)
Holy crap I rather go to med school and become a brain 🧠 surgeon 😷! Or just fly with out a license and hope I don’t get pulled over by the air 👮‍♀️
Greg Plaka (16 days ago)
when this kid is done he will never never look at any book ever, he like all of us just get in the plane and fly
Eddie Schantz (18 days ago)
I guess things are different now. I passed my check ride on 2-25-75 and it was nothing like this. From the time my instructor and I flew into the airport, met with examiner and took my check ride, the whole thing took about an hour and we were headed home. It didn't even come close to what is in this video.
Alexander Kaplan (19 days ago)
Jesus this guy answered every single question perfectly, what the hell is wrong with him.
Josh S (24 days ago)
My private exam was tougher than my ATP! , lol. My check airman back in 2003 was a robot during the oral and just stayed quiet the whole flight. At the end he asked " So, how do you think you did?". On another note.... I am officially bored enough at work (Part 135 gig) to watch a super old video of an oral exam.
Miles Lundgren (1 month ago)
The question about True Airspeed, Indicated, Calibrated and Groundspeed was very helpful. Glad I watched the video.
David Hadland (1 month ago)
I just found out this examiner died a few years ago. https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/obituaries/ct-allan-englehardt-obituary-20160609-story.html
D C (1 month ago)
Just took my private pilot checkride yesterday...I passed and this video def helped a lot but at the same time I wasn’t asked nearly as many questions! It was still good to be prepared using this video!
D C (1 month ago)
My checkride is today at 1pm!!! This video has been so useful!
D C (1 month ago)
How you did?
909busa (1 month ago)
After watching this I have realized I'll never get my pilot license 😭
jay frost (1 month ago)
Don’t say that. I’m about to take my check ride and I’m a little nervous but as long as you put in the work pieces just fall in place. You want it, you’ll get it, just do the work my dude and you’ll be fine
Superxpninja (1 month ago)
6000 hours on the tach?😂
istra70 (2 months ago)
....." You seems to be well prepared , just one more thing ...."
homie789 (2 months ago)
Do they reuse tial numbers/ The tail number on the paperwork is from a 1981 Cessna registered at the very end on 1981 but in this video the paperwork shows registration for a 1980, doesn't make sense.
marryson123 (2 months ago)
This student is well prepared.
Joshuwa Dubuc (2 months ago)
Very well prepared. x245436578349er
Kevin (2 months ago)
I thought my CDL test would be difficult
Thomas Daily (2 months ago)
This examiner is straight out of central casting!
LordquileS (2 months ago)
wow, is that a NASA oral test for the space shuttle or WTF?
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FatherTech (3 months ago)
10:26 Dot matrix printer paper! Still remember that stuff.
Barna Sztoján (3 months ago)
Like an interrogation after a murder!
Maya Carmona Alejandro (3 months ago)
This video was literally made before I was born and now I'm using it to prepare for my check ride. Crazy.
Bernie Berry (3 months ago)
Do they do this one on one or is there a class room with multiple people taking the test and taking turns with the flight instructor
Abdulla Alyaqoob (3 months ago)
Brian Ramos (3 months ago)
I passed my PPL check-ride yesterday. While the info is a bit dated, this level of preparation is an excellent strategy. Not every DPE is this tough, but not every DPE is gentle either. The questions come directly from the ACS, attention is made on wrong answers you got on the written. Decode your incorrect answers from the written. The answers are in the FAR/AIM, PHAK, and POH. It's open book. Tab the literature. Keep answers concise. Look up answers to curve-ball questions. Most importantly: Relax!
Paul Seale (3 months ago)
Flight exam, written exam then you become a real pilot after you get a thing called experience. Like your first down draft when the weather report called for fair skies.
ANGEL (4 months ago)
Excellent presentation, would recommend it to anyone preparing for their Private Pilot Test.
fortheloveofcake93 (4 months ago)
Good, I can see you're well prepared, perfect answer, that's exactly correct. Its like pulling off a chain combo in a video game.
Nick Sintora (4 months ago)
This is what I see when I wake up with sleep paralysis
sunfishlouise (4 months ago)
Thank you for this Viedo. It helps a lot....
Lauren Johnston (4 months ago)
I have my check ride in 4 days and am honestly preparing for it to be significantly harder than this. I can answer all of these questions effortlessly and then think of more possible questions. It's nice to be flying out of the same area as this guy because same field elevation and same relative airspace VOR's and FSS being in chicago suburb area. Also he is flying a nicer airplane in the 90's (or whenever this was made) than I am now lol.
Lauren Johnston (4 months ago)
passed my checkride :) still watching this video because id like to get my ground instructor certification
Rob Israel (4 months ago)
I watched this video twice.. Passed my exam .. three weeks later I was the PIC on a 777 flying into Heathrow making some big money.
Syntactyx (3 months ago)
And how do you figure you did that? This is a private pilot oral exam, not an exam suitable for someone at the airline transport pilot level. Seems to me you're lying, or you're someone with an ATP certificate that doesn't mind unnecessary review. You do realize private pilots cannot fly passenger planes? Moreover, "three weeks later" would indicate that you already have a type rating for a 777. Jesus, there's so much wrong with this comment I can't even tell you all the things you got wrong. Why lie.
dlo brown (4 months ago)
Take a shot everytime the student says well or the tester says good answer
n310ea (3 months ago)
dlo brown Or every time the tester says "Uh, I like to ask you, uh (then question)"
H B (4 months ago)
The test has changed. All they ask now is can you fly X Plane 11..
Captain Unique (4 months ago)
This vidoe helped me with my oral portion. And I passed. ☺️
Wedi Bhatt (4 months ago)
Best Checkride video...pretty much covered everything!
Raul (5 months ago)
Watches on the right hand look weird.
PhilHorace (2 months ago)
This was a training video produced by Airway Flight Services back in the 90's for the benefit of their student pilots. AFS was based at Palwaukee (PWK) airport which is now Chicago Executive. Bill, the "student," was one of the CFIs. E. Allan Englehardt was the designated pilot examiner for my private and instrument checkrides. RIP.
JB Lee (3 months ago)
PhilHorace this makes so much more sense. It’s nearly impossible for a private pilot candidate to nail every single question without any hesitation like this kid does.
Alan Feng (5 months ago)
Thanks for your great video. As prep, I watched your video on repeat about 8 or 10 times. I was totally intimidated by the smoothness of your answers, but in time, I got there too! Worst part is when I cited outdated 1999 technology because I learned it from you video lol like Flight Watch and DUATS
Kyle Glass (5 months ago)
I dont think I would beable pass the oral test because I'm not good at explaining answer and no being able to remember everything
Nate C (5 months ago)
How did the FAA agree to filming this?
jattalways1st (5 months ago)
No examiner ask this many questions durring oral portion....this video is staged.
Safak Sahin (5 months ago)
I learnt more watching this than doing anything else. Both are very professional and inspiringly knowledgable.
rnelson299 (5 months ago)
Passed my checkride yesterday, way easier than this!
Chris Frierson (5 months ago)
I’m hoping to be able to do half as well as this kid did on my oral exam! He had the answers to everything and was able to explain his answers precisely and accurately. Awesome job!
Attorney Aviator (5 months ago)
Wow what a great video resource this is. I've watched this a few times, stopping after each question and I try and answer it myself. Thank God for this video!!
For The Nation (6 months ago)
impossible whopper (6 months ago)
i didn’t think that camera would be able to zoom in on that paper
PCMAC Tech (6 months ago)
That examiner totally messed with the guy with hand drawn charts and straight up testing his ass as if he's a meteorologist. He didn't give him any camaraderie whatsoever. He made this exam as stressful as possible; only the guy getting examined put him in his place by simply knowing everything he was throwing at him ~ HA!
Tom Rey (6 months ago)
This kid is now an astronaut
Jack Spratt (6 months ago)
they make the tests too complicated. its a wonder that there haven't been more flunkies and plane crashes.
Dumb Comment (6 months ago)
He does not sound like a student at all, maybe this is a demonstration for us
Fahin Ahmed (6 months ago)
First i thought this is truck driver interview. When he said cedar rapids iowa
Joe N. (6 months ago)
I passed my PPL checkride two days ago. Passed the oral the first time through but needed to finish the flight portion a second time. Some of the best advice I got: 1.) relax! 2.) know the ACS very well, as well as you can 3.) relax!
Maddy Boudreau (6 months ago)
My test is tomorrow. I’m flipping.
Dwaipayan Datta Roy (6 months ago)
But what is a conservative side where the flight process wouldn't be jeopardised, both means the same, listening to my instincts rather than taking autopilot mode? ?
CS (6 months ago)
Most of this shit I wouldn't be able to answer, but I did score a 95 on my written test. How slick are you supposed to be on these tests?
Gage Wollan (6 months ago)
Comments are GOLDEN
Atlantis AutoSales (6 months ago)
This video helped me a lot. I passed my checkride yesterday. Thanks
Ryan Babbit (6 months ago)
The comments on this video amaze me. It's awesome to see how many pilots just want to help other pilots. The aviation community will always be the most laid-back and supportive group of people I've ever had the pleasure of being apart of. Love you all.
Oldsuitman (6 months ago)
Buehler, Buehler, Buehler?
Really Pantik (6 months ago)
I dont like the tone of his voice. Next please
arkansaswookie (6 months ago)
Bill, do you like movies about Gladiators?
Dennis Karim (6 months ago)
Oh boy ..this for a ppL ...imagine the shuttle ..lol
mancer0 (6 months ago)
I can’t believe his videos from 97. Looks like it was from 1957.
f3nd13y (6 months ago)
stop worrying your check ride will be a piece of cake ive passed many many private pilots and all were passed easily
Fsih Noguld (6 months ago)
Is this a gay porno?
Rennie Allen (6 months ago)
I didn't realize the condition of one's teeth was relevant to piloting.
kombolasha (4 months ago)
Rennie Allen Bwahahaha! OK, you win, because it took me a second. Well done.
Dave's Place (6 months ago)
Anyone know what Bill and/or this examiner is doing these days?
Dylan Cannon (5 months ago)
Dave Klem The examiner was a United Captain. He passed away a few years ago. Not sure what happened to Bill.
Medln (6 months ago)
When youtube recommends me to be a private pilot
manakara (6 months ago)
Great oversight and thorough ,,,,, apart from a glaring omission. During the chart exam there was no mention of compass deviation, variation and error yes but missed deviation which is normally marked on the compass rose as ??minutes East or West per year. This correction needs also to be applied to the magnetic course no matter if the chart bearings are marked in magnetic at the year of printing. Some charts are old so the deviation could easily be a few degrees therefore the marked chart headings are off by that correction.
Flyingdumbbells (6 months ago)
a lot of bullshit in here.
InfiniteMushroom (6 months ago)
I did my private pilot oral exam in 1990 and I don't remember it being this difficult.
AfricanFlightStar (6 months ago)
This looks like it was the '80's or even the '70's. Anyone know an approx date?
Dylan Cannon (5 months ago)
AfricanFlightStar Summer of 97 I believe.
Nathan Rodriguez (6 months ago)
After this interview both went out on a picnic and got married. They have two beautiful children and a lovely dog.
mason essary (6 months ago)
Nathan Rodriguez this is not an interview
Pevonis (6 months ago)
So many pilots in the comments section.
mason essary (6 months ago)
Pevonis duh lol
Alex M. (6 months ago)
Why am I watching this? I am not a pilot
donepearce (6 months ago)
I wonder who told him that moustache was a good idea.
CityBoy_Hunter (6 months ago)
I would of let go or had the instructor held the paper, instead of holding the paper together.... Do you want it? Ok.. well let go an let me explain lol
Even Steven (6 months ago)
0:33 the guy tells him it's in his best interest to be a Republican. Lol
Don John (6 months ago)
Wonder what the big changes are , if any , from 9/11 ??
greg warren (7 months ago)
wow that future pilot is very smart
Gustavo 7227 (7 months ago)
Tremendous knowledge displayed here. How long ago did this occur ? 1997 ? Looks like an older video...
Ahmad Sayyed (7 months ago)
this would be the scariest part of becoming a pilot that's doing the exams on oral and practical
Jakob Kosmo (7 months ago)
I was asked 3 questions before my check ride...
Jakob Kosmo (5 months ago)
@Dylan Cannon I didn't do very well... As a matter of fact I failed meteorology, principles of flight and navigation the first time :( (I got my PPL in Europe)
Dylan Cannon (5 months ago)
Jakob Kosmo What did you get on the written? Lol
Caleb Bauer (7 months ago)
Doing my PPL checkride tomorrow!
Brian Louderback (7 months ago)
This is 100% spot on how my oral was at ERAU. I fly for an airline now.
Max H (7 months ago)
Just a heads up to all you student pilots- know all of these questions and answers and you are golden for the oral. Just passed my checkride last weekend and used this to prepare- I knew my stuff and that made the examiner confident in my ability to command a strong PIC presence.
Ryad Arlan (7 months ago)
Check, check, checkmate.
Tilliam Waylor™️ (7 months ago)
Watched this before my check ride my oral was just like this really through me off how thorough it was, however I did pass!
Cameron Stanley (7 months ago)
Passed my checkride today! First I would like to start off by saying this video did help me but the checkride is not this in depth. It does not go into detail this much about certain things. This video is back in the day with question answer. These days they are scenario mostly. My DPE was very nice and made it feel relaxing. If there is one thing I would say it would be to watch the video with the guy Steve lee in it as the applicant. I would also get this study book called: private pilot checkride preparation and study guide. (It has a sectional chart on the front and is by Virgil royer). I want people to know that the checkride is nothing to stress as much as I did over. The main things is know what you missed on your knowledge exam. Those will be your first questions. Then make sure you KNOW your POH. know the v speeds, engine, emergency procedures. Have all of you POH tabbed out as it is okay to use anything you would like to help you in the oral. The biggest thing for me was to know your crosswind controls. If you have any questions I’d be happy to help !