Airline Transport Pilot: Checkride

In this checkride you will demonstrate the skills learned in the ATP lessons category.


45 minutes


You should complete all ATP lessons and solo flights before starting this checkride.


Expect to encounter changing weather, from clear skies to cloudy conditions. The winds are light today.



This checkride tests the skills learned in the ATP lessons. The flight departs Portland, Oregon (KPDX), flies over the Olympia VOR (OLM), flies over the Paine VOR (PAE), and flies a full ILS approach and landing into Paine Field (KPAE). You will fly the Boeing 737; you will:

  • Depart from runway 28R in Portland, and make a climbing right turn to fly the 332 degree course to the Olympia VOR (OLM).
  • Perform a takeoff, climb, and level off at FL280.
  • Adhere to given airspeeds, including the 250-knot restriction below 10,000 feet (on both departure and descent into Paine).
  • Calculate the best descent profile to cross the OLM VOR at FL220, and accomplish that descent.
  • Calculate the best descent profile to cross the PAE VOR at 3000, and accomplish that descent.
  • Fly the full ILS Runway 16R approach into KPAE.
  • Land successfully on runway 16R

Your examiner will keep track of how many tolerances you might exceed in each of the three segments of the flight. You will be allowed to break one tolerance per segment, but no more than two for the entire flight. If you exceed tolerances for a segment or the entire flight, the examiner will notify you of the unsatisfactory checkride and will not conduct any further checking. You will then have the choice to continue flying on your own or to end the flight.

If you complete all tasks satisfactorily, you will be awarded with the Flight Sim ATP certificate.


All key commands used to fly the Boeing 737 in the ATP lessons.


In this checkride, you're expected to maintain any assigned altitude, airspeed, and heading within the following tolerances:

Criteria Event Tolerance
Overall Criteria Descents No more than 4000 FPM
Climbs No less than 170 KIAS
Airspeed Does not exceed 250 KIAS when below 10000 feet
Segment 1 criteria Configure aircraft properly for takeoff Flaps set to 5

Autobrakes set to RTO

Landing Light ON

Take off with proper power Take off at 95%N1 +/- 3%

Sets climb power within 2500 feet AGL

Climb at 90%N1 +/- 3%

Take off within speed ranges Rotate at or after 154 KIAS

Positive rate of climb before 170 KIAS

Configure aircraft for climb Gear up initiated within 1500 AGL

Sets flaps to 0 after exceeding 200 KIAS

Fly climb out between 235 and 250 knots Maintain between 235 and 250 KIAS
Level off at FL280 before 25 DME Level off at FL280 prior to 25 DME
Navigate on course to OLM on 332 degree course Track within 3 miles of centerline
Segment 2 criteria Cross OLM at FL220 Within +1000 feet / -200
Navigate to PAE VOR on 003 degree course +/- 10 degrees of course
Cross PAE at 3000 + 500 feet / -50 feet
Turn to 339 degree course Track within 1 mile of centerline
Segment 3 criteria Fly full ILS approach Maintain 3000 feet + 300 / - 50

Fly 339 degree course within 1 mile of centerline

Initiate procedure turn after crossing RITTS

Fly course reversal turn of 294 degrees with 10 degrees

Initiate turn to 114 between 60 and 90 seconds after rolling out on first course reversal turn.

Fly course reversal turn of 114 degrees with 10 degrees

Track ILS without full needle deflection

Cross middle marker without full needle deflections

Configure aircraft for landing Set flaps to at least 30

Set autobrakes to at least 1

Arm spoilers

Fly approach within speed ranges Do not exceed 200 KIAS after RITTS

Do not fly slower than 145 KIAS between RITTS and Middle marker

Land and bring aircraft to full stop on runway Deploy thrust reversers

Disengages thrust reversers off before stopping

Stop on runway surface