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An Introduction,
            First off, I want to thank you for supporting my efforts in creating the best oral exam prep study guide. The intention behind this website is to provide you with practical examples for your practical test. A majority of the oral exam study guides that are currently available only target a very shallow level of knowledge and understanding. During your practical test you will be asked scenario-based questions to target a true and deep understanding of the subject area which is being evaluated. This is the main objective of this guide.
            The ground portion of your private pilot FAA oral exam will consist of eight parts, which will include a list of special emphasis areas as well. As you go through the content of this book you'll notice it is broken down into those specific topics with the special emphasis areas included throughout those eight sections. Each and every task must be evaluated by the examiner in order to successfully complete the practical test.
            Prior to reading through the questions contained in this book, you should understand a few things. When going through the questions you will notice some questions are bold, normal, and italicized. The distinctions are as follows. The bold questions will be on the test, the normal questions will most likely be on the test, and the italicized questions will probably not be on the test but by understanding them you will more effectively be able to answer questions that will be on the test.
            Since it is nearly impossible to create a study guide which includes all the possible questions that you could be asked on a practical test, you must understand the value of utilizing your instructor and other FAA approved textbooks in conjunction with this study guide. By making use of all your available resources, you will greatly improve your chances of passing your practical test on the first attempt.
            Study hard and good luck.


FLIGHT PORTION SUGGESTED PLAN OF ACTION

TASKS

___ Preflight
___ Before start
                (Passenger brief (windows, seats and belts, doors, exits),         cockpit organization)
___ Taxi (Brake check, wind correction, airport diagram)
___ Run-up procedures
___ Normal takeoff (crosswind technique, takeoff callouts (Static RPM, engine instruments within limits, airspeed rising))
___ Short field landing
___ Soft field takeoff
___ Forward slip to a no flap landing
___ Pilotage and dead reckoning
___ Radio navigation
___ Lost procedures
___ Diversion (heading, time, and fuel to diversion airport)
___ Emergency descent
___ Go around
___ Soft field landing
___ Short field takeoff
___ Simulated instrument
                (S/L, AS climbs, AS descents, turns, UARs, Lost Procedures)
___ Slow flight
___ Steep turns
___ Power off stall (with and without a bank)
___ Power on stall (with and without a bank)
___ Spin awareness
___ Turns around a point
___ S turns across a road
___ Emergencies
                (Electrical failure, engine fire, cockpit fire, icing, engine overheating, door opening in flight)
___ Engine failure to landing
___ Normal landing (Crosswind technique)

SPECIAL EMPHASIS AREAS

___ Runway incursion avoidance
___ Collision avoidance
___ Positive exchange of flight controls
___ Wake turbulence avoidance
___ Checklist usage


PRE-CHECKRIDE CHECKLIST

Aeronautical Experience Requirements (PART 61)
___ 40 hours of total flight time
___ 20 hours of instruction received
___ 3 hours of instrument flight time
___ 3 hours of night flight time
___ 10 night takeoffs and landings each involving a traffic pattern
___ 100NM total distance night cross country
___ 10 hours of solo flight time
___ 3 solo takeoffs and landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating control tower
___ 5 hours of solo cross country flight time
___ 150NM solo cross county with 3 stops and one segment of at least 50NM between takeoff and landing locations
___ 3 hours of practical test prep within 2 calendar months prior to the flight test

Aeronautical Experience Requirements (PART 141)
___ 35 hours of total flight time
___ 20 hours of instruction received
___ 3 hours of instrument flight time
___ 3 hours of night flight time
___ 10 night takeoffs and landings each involving a traffic pattern
___ 100NM total distance night cross country
___ 5 hours of solo flight time
___ 3 solo takeoffs and landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating control tower
___ 100NM solo cross county with at least 50NM between takeoff and landing locations
___ 3 hours of practical test prep within 2 calendar months prior to the flight test

Endorsements

Preparation for the Practical Test: Section 61.39
I certify that  ____________________ has received training time required within the preceding 2 calendar months in preparation for the Private Pilot Airplane Single Engine Land practical test and find the applicant prepared for that test per CFR 61.39(a)(6). The applicant has also demonstrated satisfactory knowledge of the subject areas found deficient on the Private Pilot Airplane aeronautical knowledge test.

Private Pilot Aeronautical Knowledge: section 61.105
I certify that ____________________ has received the required training in accordance with section 61.105 and that the applicant is prepared for the Private Pilot Airplane Single Engine Land practical Test.

Flight proficiency/practical test: sections 61.103(f), 61.107(b)(1), and 61.109.
I certify that ____________________ has received the required training in accordance with sections 61.107(b)(1) and meets the requirements of section 61.109(a). I have determined the applicant is prepared for the Private Pilot Airplane Single Engine Land Practical Test.


Material and Equipment Needed For Your Flight Test

___ View limiting device
___ Aircraft maintenance logbooks
___ Current charts
___ Flight computer and plotter
___ Timer
___ Navigation logs and flight plan forms
___ Performance and weight and balance calculations
___ Weather briefing
___ FAR/AIM
___ Photo ID (Passport for international students)
___ Medical certificate
___ Pilot certificate
___ FTN number for the submitted IACRA form
___ Knowledge exam
___ Logbook with endorsements (tab pilot training requirements)
___ Review the FARs to determine that all requirements have been met
___ Examiner fee
___ 141 graduation certificate (If applicable)
___ Notice of disapproval or letter of discontinuance
             (If applicable)  
___ Food and water
___ Dress professionally


The Day Before

            Relax...You are going on this flight test because your instructor believes in you. Trust me, your instructor will be just as nervous as you on the day of the checkride. You are the reflection of his/her ability to teach, so don't mess up! I'm only joking. Just remember, you are ready for this. You wouldn't have scheduled the test if you weren't.
            During the test if things don't go well, just keep pushing along. Don't give up and call it quits. You need to complete the remaining tasks of the ground or the flight portion of the test. By doing this, you save yourself the hassle of needed to cover those uncovered areas next time. At this point the worst has already happened. You can't fail twice.
            The days before the test, read through this book again, practice all the maneuvers on the simulator at home (or chair fly if you have to), get all your material together, and get at least eight hours of sleep.
            The day of the checkride, shave, dress professionally, bring breath mints, pack an easy to eat snack/meal (it's going to be a long day), bring a bottle of water, arrive at the airport an hour before your test and get all your documents ready, do the preflight, make sure there are no problematic squawks, and while you wait for the examiner, read over the bold questions on this site...and again, relax.
            Congratulations in advance, and thank you for supporting www.pilot-prep.com.

Disclaimer information

Material contained in this book is for suggestive purposes only. Ultimately the FAA's rules and regulations, and the procedures contained in your aircraft's operations manual take precedence. The publisher of the material contained in this book will not be held responsible for any incident, accident, or any other occurrence (besides passing your test of course) that has resulted by viewing and applying the contained information. Thank you.