The competencies in Stage 3 are a combination of both skills and knowledge. They build on the Stage 1 and 2 skills and knowledge. This final stage will put the polish on your piloting abilities to prepare you for your checkride. You must be proficient in all Stage 1 and Stage 2 competencies before being able to successfully complete all of the Stage 3 skills. The Stage 3 competencies are as follows:

  1. Demonstrate maintained proficiency of all Stage 1 & Stage 2 competencies

  2. Demonstrate successful aeronautical decision making (ADM)

  3. Aircraft documents and inspections

  4. Emergency procedures

  5. Passenger briefing

  6. Accident case studies

Case Studies 



  • Accident Case Study: Traffic Pattern Tragedy

  • Accident Case Study: Communication Breakdown

  • Accident Case Study: VFR into IMC

  • Accident Case Study: Emergency Management

  • Accident Case Study: Cross Country Crisis

  • Accident Case Study: Just a Short Flight

  • Accident Case Study: Final Approach

Checkride Preparation



  • Mock Oral Exam

  • Passenger Briefing

  • Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM)

  • ACS Guide


Worksheets, Quizzes, and Tests

Stage 3 - Checkride Prep