The use of a training syllabus is an effective way for the flight instructor
to lead you through the proper steps in learning to fly safely. When beginning
flight training, the development of good study habits includes the practice
of visualizing the flight instructors explanation plus those of the textbook.
Study habits should include time spent with cockpit familiarization. This includes
reviewing checklists, identifying controls, and learning the cockpit arrangement.
The FAA develops and makes available to the public various sources of aeronautical
information. Some of this information is free; other information is available
at a nominal cost. Of particular interest and value to those persons getting
started in flying are: FAA-H-8083-27A, Student Pilot Guide; FAA-H-8083-3, Airplane
Flying Handbook; FAA-H-8083-25, Pilots Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge;
Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM); and Practical Test Standards (PTSs).
In addition, many aviation publications are available from commercial sources.
Suggested Study Materials
.14 CFR parts 1, 61, 67, and 91
.Aeronautical Information Manual
.AC 00-6, Aviation Weather
.AC 00-45, Aviation Weather Services
.FAA-H-8083-1, Pilots Weight and Balance
.FAA-H-8083-3, Airplane Flying Handbook
.FAA-H-8083-11, Balloon Flying Handbook
.FAA-H-8083-13, Glider Flying Handbook
.FAA-H-8083-21, Rotorcraft Flying Handbook
.FAA-H-8083-25, Pilots Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
.FAA-S-8081-3, Recreational Pilot Practical Test Standards
.FAA-S-8081-14, Private Pilot Practical Test Standards (Airplane)
.FAA-S-8081-29, Sport Pilot Practical Test Standards (Airplane, Gyroplane, Glider
and Flight Instructor)
.FAA-S-8081-30, Sport Pilot Practical Test Standards (Airship, Balloon, and
.FAA-S-8081-31, Sport Pilot Practical Test Standards (Weight Shift Control,
Powered Parachute, and Flight Instructor)
.FAA-S-8081-32, Private Pilot Practical Test Standards (Powered Parachute and
Weight Shift Control)
How to Obtain Study Materials
The current Flight Standards Service airman training and testing material and
questions banks for all airman certificates and ratings can be obtained from
the Regulatory Support Divisions web site.
AC 00-2, Advisory Circular Checklist, transmits the status of all FAA advisory
circulars (ACs), as well as FAA internal publications and miscellaneous flight
information, such as Aeronautical Information Manual, Airport/Facility Directory,
practical test standards, and other material directly related to a certificate
or rating. AC 00-2 is accessible through the Internet at the following address.
The Airport/Facility Directory and Aeronautical Charts are available on a subscription
or one time basis from the following:
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration National Aeronautical Charting Office Distribution
Greenbelt, MD 20770-1479 1-800-638-8972
The National Transportation Safety Board Regulation Part 830 is available free
of charge from the following:
National Transportation Safety Board
ATTN: Public Inquiry
490 LEnfant Plaza East, S.W.
Washington, DC 20594.
Most airport fixed base operators and flight schools carry a variety of Government
publications and charts, as well as commercially published materials.
Practical Test Standards
The flight proficiency maneuvers listed in 14 CFR part 61 are the standard skill
requirements for certification. They are outlined in the practical test standards
(PTSs) as AREAS OF OPERATION. These AREAS OF OPERATION are phases
of the practical test arranged in a logical sequence within the standard. They
begin with Preflight Preparation and end with Postflight Procedures.
Roman numerals preceding each AREA OF OPERATION relate to the corresponding
AREAS OF OPERATION contained in the regulation.
Each AREA OF OPERATION contains TASKs, which are comprised of knowledge
areas, flight procedures, and/or flight maneuvers appropriate to the AREA OF
OPERATION. You are required to demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in ALL
TASKs for the original-issuance of all pilot certificates.
You should obtain a copy of the practical test standard appropriate to the pilot
certificate that you plan to acquire. This will enable you to know exactly what
is expected on the practical test. Practical test standards can be obtained
from the Regulatory Support Divisions web site.