Flight Standards Service
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Study Habits
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 instructor’s 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.

Study Materials
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, Pilot’s 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, Pilot’s 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, Pilot’s 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 Flight Instructor)
.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 Division’s 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 Center
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 L’Enfant 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 Division’s web site.

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