Walk in like
you own the joint! And fly that way.
I have every
confidence that you'll play the mental game well. Remember, the
Practical Test Standards for Instrument Ratings give the examiner
the okay to introduce distractions. Don't be fooled. Sterile cockpit
and all that.
My one single
most important piece of advice is this: you've spent not just the
past few months getting ready for this exam -- you've prepared for
this all your life. Go out and fly that way.
boss. Prove it. Be in Command.
the mistakes -- just stay far enough ahead of the game and keep
the mind actively involved in what you're doing at the moment. Recognize
and correct mistakes early.
examiner has seen all sorts of errors committed -- no one flies
a PERFECT flight, so it IS okay to make some errors. Build your
time windows to allow yourself to catch up: take an extra turn in
holding -- or request a hold -- in order to get settled down.
If you find
yourself feeling panic, know that I'm flying in the backseat. Listen
for the whispered reassurance.
the big picture of where you are and what's next."
And don't be
afraid to ask the controllers if you have ANY doubt about what they
want you to do. I did the same thing three or four times today.
It's a part of being professional. Join the ranks. And don't worry
about what any of us might be thinking.