VIII. Instrument Maneuvers
C. Constant airspeed Descents
References FAA-H-8083-2, FAA-H-8083-3, FAA-H-8083-15;
Objective To determine that the applicant exhibits satisfactory knowledge, risk management, and skills associated with attitude instrument flying during constant airspeed descents solely by reference to instruments
Applicant demonstrates understanding of;
K1 Flight instruments as related to:  
K1a a: Sensitivity, limitations and potential errors in unusual attitudes  
K1b b: correlation (pitch instruments/bank instruments)  
K1c c: function and operation  
K1d d: Proper instrument cross-check techniques  
The Applicant demonstrates the ability to identify, assess and mitigate risks encompassing:
R1 Instrument flying hazards to include failure to maintain VFR, spatial disorientation, loss of control, fatigue, stress, and emergency off-airport landings  
R2 Failure to seek assistance to declare an emergency in a deteriorating situation  
R3 Collision hazards to include aircraft, terrain, obstacles and wires  
R4 Distractions, loss of situational awareness, or improper task management  
The applicant demonstrates the ability to:
S1 Transition to the descent pitch attitude and power setting on an assigned heading using proper instrument cross-check and interpretation and coordinated flight control application  
S2 Descend at a constant airspeed to specific altitudes in straight flight and turns  
S3 Level off at the assigned altitude and maintain altitude +/- 200 feet, heading +/- 20°, and airspeed +/- 10 knots