Paul Hamilton wrote:It is hard for anyone to determine whether or not the checkride should have been failed or not since we were not there. There are many different aspects. But anytime the examiner has to take the controls the checkride is failed. For good of for bad. This is an absolute. Does not matter now.
Totally agreed. I assume the DPE is not in a habit to grab control just for fun and unlike me has thousand times more experience to hone his judgements - if if he felt the intervention was necessary for a safety of flight, he is by all means right and I have failed.
Even if I, looking from the left seat while trying to squeeze the last authority from the right rudder, felt we're flying far enough (~25ft) from the left edge of runway to create a safety hazard, - this feeling understandably was not shared by DPE who probably couldn't see the left edge of runway in low flight from his right seat position in a low wing airplane and could assume the worst. The bottom line is that directional control on a takeoff was not maintained, PTS not met - and that is the end of it. Will train more to avoid scaring my passengers - whether this is my wife or DPE. :) Thankfully this time it was DPE :) Never again....
Getting back to initial topic - Paul what do you think regulations are saying about circumstances of SVFR for SP? Did we arrive here to right conclusion?