Documents with RED names
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All other documents are viewable online as web pages.
Private Pilot Knowledge Test Question Bank
- The official list of test questions from the FAA.
Note that answers are not included.
Subject Matter Knowledge Codes - Current
list of knowledge codes useful for review of missed items on pilot Knowledge Tests.
Private Pilot Practical Test Standards (PTS) - The FAA's full
PTS for Private Pilot Practical Test candidates. 143 pages and a lot of information
you probably do not need. Look in the next section below for a MUCH better version.
Instrument Rating Practical Test Standards (PTS)
- The FAA's PTS for instrument pilot Practical Test candidates.
Special Emphasis Areas - In the PTS, many examiners
consider the Special Emphasis Areas to be of particular importance, yet they are
overlooked by most candidates. This document covers the details of this critical
portion of the PTS. Although targeted for IFR candidates, it is very useful for
primary candidates as well.
Form 8710-1 - Electronic version of
the Airman Certificate Application
Known Icing Letter - 2009
FAA interpretation from their Chief Counsel
Aeronautical Information Manual - Current,
electronic version, online.
Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge - The
entire FAA book online.
Chapter 1-5 (4.7mb)
Chapter 6-9 (10.6mb)
Chapter 10-12 (3.9mb)
The Airplane Flying Handbook - The entire FAA book
Table of Contents (449kb)
Chapter 4-6 (2.8mb)
Chapter 10-12 (2.5mb)
Chapter 13-15 (2.7mb)
Chapter 16, Index (1.2mb)
FAA Weather Decision Making
- Good booklet published by the FAA
FAA Weather Briefings
from the FAA on obtaining effective weather
Conducting an Effective Flight
- Excellent booklet that
describes what the FAA believes should be covered in
a flight review. Written for instructors, but just
as useful for pilots who are preparing to undergo a
review. This one is definitely worth your time if
you are getting ready for your first ever flight
review. Read this and there will be no surprises.
The Following Documents are Available to Registered
Annotated Private Pilot PTS
- An abridged version (only 70 pages long) of the FAA Private Pilot Practical Test
Standards. Contains information specific to airplane single engine land. Throughout
this document are important notations that will greatly help you as you prepare
for your checkride. A huge time and paper saver!
FAR Summary for VFR Pilots - An excellent 8-page document summarizing the specific regulations that
VFR pilots may expect on Knowledge and Practical tests. Concise and in plain English.
The easiest way for you to learn the FARs.
Private Pilot Maneuvers - If you're polishing up your airwork for an upcoming checkride, this is
one you'll fall in love with. It is an abridged version of the PTS requirements
for all of the maneuvers required on the Private Pilot Practical Test. At only 4
pages, it is SO much easier to work with (and study from) than the PTS itself.
Private Pilot Maneuvers -
- Tolerances for all of the private pilot flight maneuvers,
summarized from the PTS and listed in a single-page chart. Perfect for use in the
VFR Minimums - An excellent and easy-to-memorize
one-page chart. The one in the FAR/AIM is particularly confusing - this one is immensely
Tips & Tricks - A wonderful compendium
of memory aids and rules of thumb. Ideal for student test prep as well as everyday,
VFR Navigation - A step-by-step outline describing the planning of
VFR trips using pilotage and dead (ded) reckoning. An exact "how-to" for
Weather Chart Symbology - A one-page diagram of weather chart symbols.
Weather Chart Symbology - The same chart
as above, in .html format for instant reference.
METAR/TAF Abbreviations - A complete chart of all the abbreviations
and acronyms used in METAR and TAF reports.
Cloud Gallery - Gorgeous shots of just about any cloud type imaginable.
If accurately identifying clouds is your thing, you'll love this.
Enroute Altitudes - A one-page chart describing IFR enroute altitudes.
IFR Procedure Turns - What are they
and exactly when are they required? This one eliminates the confusion.
Better Weather Briefings - This document
removes the mystery from telephone weather briefings. When you learn the order and
shorthand, they become easy.
In Flight Weather Briefings - Master
HIWAS and Flight Watch for safer and more confident flight.
What's He Doing? - An excellent article, fun to read, for non-pilots
who wonder just what the heck you are doing? Print it out and give it to your favorite
Flight Instructor Listing - Search for
a flight instructor in your area. It's instant, easy, and you can filter your search
by City and/or State. Pick your pro, then contact him or her with an email. Primary
or advanced training.