On taking practical tests:
Before you arrive with the aircraft maintenance records, have tabs on the pages with the annual, 100-hour, transponder, pitot-static and ELT checks. Mechanics make entries in strange places, and by the time you find them or have to make a few phone calls, you'll be a nervous wreck. When the examiner/inspector asks for a number you can't remember — Vxse or Va or zero fuel weight or absolute ceiling — pick a semilogical number, look him in the eye, and state it in a firm, assured tone. Chances are he doesn't know the answer and won't bother to check. In flight, if a controller turns you in too close to the fix or runs you through the localizer, tell him you want vectors back around instead of trying to pull off something that's turning ugly. If you file, put "flight test" in the remarks section; the good guys will often give you nice, long vectors. And if you're hand-flying the airplane (flight test or not), trim, trim, trim. Oh, yeah, and unless he's on the jumpseat, offer the guy giving you the test a landing.