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Private Pilot Checkride Stories

October 11, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This seminar will be held in person at SCFC, attendance is free and open to all. Web Members will still be able to access our seminars online, both live and recorded. Click here to learn more about the transition.

Interested in watching more of our presentations? View our growing library of over 500 recorded safety seminars available to view in our Members Only Seminar Library, available by clicking here.


For most pilots, the first checkride is the most intimidating one. It can be a nerve-wracking experience decoding the ACS and sitting through the glare of the designated pilot examiner. Have you prepared, studied, and reviewed what’s required of you on checkride? Are you ready to fly on your own? And can you be the safe, competent pilot that we all aim to be?

San Carlos Flight Center invites a round-table of three newly-minted Private Pilots to share their journey in becoming a pilot. In this seminar they will each provide their own overview of their training experiences, how they prepared, some pitfalls to avoid, and how they worked with their instructors to ensure they were ready for the practical test. This is a great opportunity to hear from multiple perspectives, giving you the insight you need as you approach your big day.

Join us to hear more about the checkride experience, how to prepare, and have an insight into the first step of becoming a certificated pilot.

Imran Idzqandar (panelist) has 87 flight hours and passed his private pilot checkride in July of 2023. When he is not flying, Imran enjoys photography, tennis, rock climbing

Jerry Natoli (panelist) has 190 flight hours, received his private pilot certificate in June of 2023 and is beginning training for his instrument rating. Jerry enjoys spending time on his bike, traveling, visiting family and volunteering when not flying.

Jim Ren (panelist) has 132 flight hours and obtained his private pilot certificate in June. When he is not flying, Jim works as a software engineer and enjoys rock climbing, backpacking, and karaoke.

Herb Patten (moderator) is the Chief Pilot at San Carlos Flight Center.


San Carlos Flight Center (SCFC) is the SF Bay Area’s most dynamic flying club, committed to building general aviation through safety, community, and adventure. AOPA has consistently recognized SCFC in their Best Flight School survey, most recently in 2023 as a Distinguished Flight School for the third year in a row.

SCFC is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our regular safety seminars and guest speaker programs. Our seminars are free to watch when attended in person at our facility in San Carlos but live streaming and viewing recorded seminars are exclusively available to members. Click here or contact an SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 for more information about online access to our web library of over 500 recorded safety seminars and live-streamed content.


October 11, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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