Rotor Tip #9 CHECK RIDE "Can I use the iPad in place of paper?"

Apr 12, 2023

Our next rotor tip is, can I use my iPad and piece of paper? My answer is, you bet. However, don't let an electronic device become your worst enemy. An airplane DPE colleague told me that his applicant iPads froze during a simulated ILS approach and the applicant did not have a backup.

When the examiner asked him to execute the missed approach procedure, well, guess what? The applicant also froze and that check ride ended soon thereafter.


I also had an applicant that was using his electronic device for a weight and balance calculation, only discover that it was using the incorrect starting numbers for the empty weight. Sadly, he was using the sample numbers that were printed in the RFM and not the actual weight and balance that was printed on the separate weight balance page.

Again, electronic devices are permissible for the Practical test. I encourage them, in fact, because I do feel that they're more accurate when properly utilized. Just make sure that you have a backup plan. Certainly, have a clear understanding on how to do a weight and balance by longhand in the event that you're asked to do it. Can I bring the iPad? Absolutely.



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