The FAA Practical Test Standards are the requirements for a airplane sport pilot to pass a checkride. They are fundamental to a successful checkride, and provide tasks and the tolerances for the skills and knowledge for flying a airplane light-sport aircraft (LSA) must be demonstrated.

The FAA Practical Test Standards (PTS) are used by trike instructors, students, and examiners to prepare for, review, take, or issue the checkride. Each PTS is written by the FAA and details the type and levels of skill and knowledge that must be demonstrated before an examiner can issue a certificate or rating to an applicant, and describes background study and reference materials.

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The ASA SPORT PILOT PRACTICAL TEST STANDARDS FOR AIRPLANE, WEIGHT-SHIFT CONTROL, POWERED PARACHUTE AND FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR is the FAA-S-8081-31 and Change 2 is the most current (effective February 2008).

PTS outline:   Oral Exam

First portion of checkride

____ Certificates and documents
____ Airworthiness requirements
____ Weather information
____ Cross-country flight planning
____ National airspace system
____ Operation of systems
____ Aeromedical Factors
____ Performance and limitations
____ Principles of flight

Flight exam

Second portion checkride

Pre-Flight procedures
____ Pre-flight Inspection
____ Cockpit management
____ Starting/Warm up ____ Taxiing
____ Before takeoff check

Airport operations
____ Radio communications, light signals ____ Traffic patterns
____ Airport runway markings and lighting

Takeoffs, landings, and go-arounds
____ Normal and Crosswind Takeoff and Climb
____ Power-on and Cross wind Approach and Landing
____ Steep Approach to Landing
____ Go-around/rejected landings

Seaplane only
____ Glassy water takeoff and climb ____ Glassy water approach and landing
____ Rough water takeoff and climb ____ Rough water approach and landing

Performance maneuvers
____ Steep turns

Ground reference maneuvers
____ Rectangular course ____ S –turns ____Turns around a point

Navigation
____ Pilotage and dead reckoning ____Diversion ____Lost procedures

Slow flight and stalls
____ Maneuvering during slow flight ____ Power-off stalls
____ Whip Stall and Tumble Awareness

Emergency operations
____ Emergency approach and landing ____ Systems and equipment malfunctions
____ Emergency equipment and survival gear

Post-flight procedures
____ After landing, parking and securing

Seaplane only
____ Anchoring ____ Docking and mooring ____ Ramping/beaching

Practical test preparation

The ASA PRACTICAL TEST STANDARDS – SPORT PILOT with all the tasks detailed and the tolerances specified is available at: pilot-stores.com.

The SPORT PILOT & CFI APPLICANT CHECKRIDE book provides guidance, sample questions and the answers for the practical test standards and is found at: pilot-stores.com.