Microlight General Skills Test (GST) Information

Well I have yet to take my GST, but I’m beginning to think about it as it looms on the horizon!

I believe the following is what the examiner will test us on in the GST:

PREPARATION FOR FLIGHT

  • Weather suitability
  • Aircraft documents check
  • Weight and balance calculation
  • Weight and performance calculation
  • Fuel and oil state
  • Aircraft acceptable
  • Booking out, ATC
  • Pre-flight inspection

 

STARTING, TAXIING AND POWER CHECKS

  • Pre-start checks
  • Post-start checks
  • Taxiing techniques
  • Power checks

 

TAKE-OFF

  • Pre-take-off checks (vital actions)
  • During and post-take-off checks
  • Normal take-off
  • Crosswind take-off
  • Assessment of crosswind component
  • AERODROME DEPARTURE PROCEDURES
  • CLIMBING
  • STRAIGHT AND LEVEL FLIGHT
  • DESCENDING USE OF POWER, FLAP, SPOILER
  • TURNING
  • Level
  • Climbing
  • Descending
  • At high angles of bank

 

UNUSUAL ATTITUDES

  • Recovery from spiral dives and sideslips
  • Recovery from a steep climbing turn

 

STALLING

  • Checks before stalling
  • Recovery from developed stall
  • Recovery at the incipient stage
  • Straight
  • Turning
  • In approach configuration

 

SPIN AVOIDANCE

  • Recovery at the incipient stage

 

FORCED LANDING WITHOUT POWER

  • Checks
  • Procedure

 

NAVIGATION, ORIENTATION

  • Recognition of features
  • Assessment of heading
  • INITIAL APPROACH PROCEDURES
  • CIRCUIT PROCEDURES

 

APPROACH AND LANDING

  • Pre-landing checks (vital actions)
  • Powered approach
  • Glide approach
  • Crosswind
  • Assessment of crosswind component
  • Checks after landing
  • MISSED APPROACH PROCEDURES

 

 

SIMULATED EMERGENCIES

  • Engine fire in the air/on the ground
  • Cabin fire in the air/on the ground
  • Engine failure after take off
  • OTHER SIMULATED EMERGENCIES
  • ENGINES AND SYSTEMS HANDLING

 

AIRMANSHIP AND AWARENESS

  • Lookout
  • Positioning – restricted airspace, hazards, weather
  • ATC liaison
  • Aerodrome discipline

 

ACTION AFTER FLIGHT

  • Engine shut down
  • Parking and security aircraft
  • Recording flight details