Question of the day...
"How do airlines look at checkride failures? Is it a number thing, or is it a quantitative thing and they ask you why, you explain, etc...The reason I ask is because this next checkride I am taking is for my commercial, multi, and instrument. I'm in a 141 school when I took the stage checks for the commercial and instrument part of the course, but I didn't get my certificates. It is all one course, 95 lessons from beginning to end, I am on 92 now, the final stage check is lesson 95.
So, while a part 141 school student will technically never fail a checkride, we may fail a stage check. I've heard the pass rate is 60%, so not too high, mostly for dumb mistakes. Plus on the oral they can ask anything from instrument, commercial and multi...which makes me wonder why I studied it for previous stage checks if I have to relearn it all again. So this is kind of a high stress high stakes stage check...
My question is, how would failing this particular stage check look bad since it is for all the marbles, so to speak?"
My answer begins with a couple questions of my own...
Why do professional Basketball players stand on the free throw line and miss their foul shot? I'm mean seriously, my daughter could make that shot when she was ten.
Why do pro golfers go from golfing a 60 to an 80, while on tour, withing two days?
The real question is why do professional pilots, athletes, or students fail when they have the technical skills for success?
The answer: FOCUS. Or rather... lack of.
If you have been trained, have the technical skills, and proven you can perform a given function... then the only reason you will fail is by allowing your mind to drift to someplace other than the task at hand.
If your mind to wanders to "what if" I don't succeed, the FAA is watching me, thousands of fans are in the stands, if I sink this I'll be rich, if I miss this shot I'll lose my chance for the title, if I screw up ... the airlines won't want me and I'll have worked my entire life for nothing and kill all my dreams! If you allow yourself to think about anything other than the task at hand... your performance will degrade. How much? Depends on what kind of a monkey mind you have and how far you let it wander. Single-minded focus is the key to success.
So... back to the question, "What if I fail my checkride?" Will the answer to that question help you perform any better? Will your performance be any better if I told you that it didn't matter? What if I said, "if you fail you won't get to be a pilot." Worry and fear waste valuable brain cells that you need for your checkride.
Prepare yourself for whatever you're doing. Focus on your flight. Focus on your studies. Focus on your test. Focus on that free throw. Focus on that putt. Do NOT allow your mind to wander down the path of "what if." If you do... you will not be your best and you will have a much higher probability of failure.
Questioning "what if" you don't succeed is a really rough runway to travel down. It will destroy your chance for success. Those rocks are going to fly up and take out your prop.
Do not worry about what "might" happen. Concentrate on what "is" happening. You'll have a great ride!
Enjoy the Journey!