Private pilot checkride study guide

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Private Pilot Checkride Preparation and Study Guide by Virgil Royer

Referred to by many as the “Cliffs Notes” for the private pilot checkride; this is the prep and study guide that will help you ace your practical exam! Most material has been presented with easy-to-flashcard and memorize charts, diagrams and mnemonics! I keep the book updated throughout the year so that when you order your copy it’s always up-to-date (latest revision was June, 2018). The book begins with an outline of steps to take prior to the exam under the new (June-2018) ACS including hours, training, and required logbook endorsements, and then explains the rest of the exam procedure which concludes with the debriefing. The study guide then goes into greater detail for each anticipated area of the checkride including: 1. checklists to memorize (and those not to memorize); 2. airspace and VFR minimums; 3. weather (reports, clouds, winds aloft, pressure systems, thunderstorms, types of fog, etc.), 4. navigation (do you know the difference between heading, track, course & relative bearing? the navigation chapter also includes: types of navigation, lost procedures, wind card usage, step-by-step instructions for completing a full navigation log, etc.); 5. safety & wellness (common in-flight sicknesses, rules for scuba divers, in-depth explanation of sensory illusions, etc.); 6. airport signs (including marshaling signals and a complete color runway diagram, etc.); 7. documents & inspections (learn an easier way to remember “TOMATOFLAMES”); 8. performance (including explanation of leaning and detonation vs. pre-ignition); 9. communications (towered airports, airspace transitions, calling FSS from an RCO, Class C procedure, activating flight plans, requesting flight following, etc.); 10. passenger briefing (including a sample briefing for your knee board); 11. maneuvers, takeoffs & landings (including a one-page maneuver reference card, plus a one-page list of all ACS maneuvers, takeoffs, landings, etc. which should be used during your final 3 hours of exam training with your CFI); 12. special emphasis areas (although they are now incorporated into the ACS, you should still be familiar with these areas because they are inherently tested throughout the exam – there is also a quick-reference flow chart for the new risk management expectations); 13. the “other things to study” chapter is chock-full of the miscellaneous areas that you will be expected to know such as airspeeds, altitudes, stall/spin awareness & recovery, carb icing, slips, lapse rates, V-speeds, unusual attitude recovery, SVFR, pitotstatic system, left-turn tendencies, a detailed engine diagram with fourteen questions you should be able to answer, and much more; 14. select FAR/AIM summaries (the select rules you should be most familiar with); 15. three full-color sectional chart quizzes (with answer keys); 16. a chapter on “going the extra mile” and finally a detailed list of what should (probably) be in your flight bag. You will notice that this book is not hundreds of pages, nor is it priced as high as other books on this topic. The length is purposefully limited because you cannot effectively study and memorize hundreds of pages prior to your practical test. In addition, the size is such that you can easily take it with you wherever you go and study when time permits. The price is set as low as possible, despite full-color graphics, because I have written and published this book for my love of aviation and the thought of helping student pilots be safe and successful. Please enjoy and always fly with an eye towards safety.
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Private Pilot Checkride Test Prep: Oral Exam, Cessna 172, FAA Check-Ride

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How to Prepare for Your Upcoming Private Pilot Checkride

Earning a private pilot certificate is challenging and involves an immense amount of training, studying, preparation, and dedication, following the appropriate FAA Practical Test Standards PTS. So when preparing for your practical test, where do you start? How do you organize and prioritize all your ground school information? Designed as a study guide, this book answers these questions and more. It clarifies in "plain language" exactly what student pilots must know and demonstrate during the oral portion of the FAA Practical Exam, eliminating any surprise about examiner expectations. Incorporating the specific task elements from the PTS into their studies, this concise information fills the gap between ground school textbook learning and practical application of it, resulting in better-prepared applicants. Even the most dedicated private pilot applicant can become overwhelmed with the volumes of knowledge that must be mastered.

Test your Private Pilot Knowledge King Schools' test question database covers all the FAA subjects that you'll be tested on including — airspace, aerodynamics and sectional charts. The FAA used to make their question banks publicly available; however, they have not done so for many years. In fact, the FAA has recently gone through their entire database and changed every single test question and answer in order to eliminate test question memorization. No one, including test prep educators, has access to the FAA question banks. To be a safe and competent pilot-in-command, and to pass your required tests, there is no shortcut. You must acquire the necessary pilot knowledge. King Schools has over 40 years of experience creating aviation courses.

This article is the first of two articles, both of which go into detail about my PPL Checkride. Questions, topics, and trouble-areas from my checkride have all been included with no filter. My email is swaynem13 gmail. Feel free to shoot me an email if you have any questions. My examiner began the oral portion of the checkride by explaining that he was going to follow the PTS, but had his own sheet to make things flow a little better, and to touch on topics on which he wanted to focus specifically. Basically bring every book you used to study to the checkride itself.

Test your Private Pilot Knowledge

In October I passed my private pilot checkride after 18 months of flight training. I scored well on my written exam, but by the time my instructor signed me off to take the checkride I felt a degree of uncertainty.

Choose your method of study with books, DVDs, software or apps. For Apple and Android. Also referred to as an ePub or "Electronic Publication" format. Easily viewed on both small and large screens. Text, images, and pages will adapt or reflow to fit the screen size of the device, so zooming is not necessary to read. Text size can be adjusted in an ebook reader app. Exact formatting and layout of the print books is maintained text, images, margins, page breaks, etc.

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  1. Referred to by many as the “Cliffs Notes” for the private pilot checkride; this is the prep and study guide that will help you ace your practical exam! Most material.

  2. Trever is a commercial pilot with over 1, hours of flight time as well as the owner and general manager of Inflight.

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