Private Pilot Practical Test

Private Pilot Practical Test


Private Pilot Practical Test Revised 08-22-2023


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Print Flight-Profile to take on flight

The day of the test:

Verify that the applicant has the proper experience. Click here for Part 61 requirements

Verify approval for test in DMS


Pretest Briefing

When reviewing the student's log book, be sure to confirm that he/she was properly endorsed for all solo time. Click here to review the endorsements

Verify proper endorsements for checkride:
A 1. I certify that [First name, MI, Last name] has received and logged training time within 2 calendar-months preceding the month of application in preparation for the practical test and [he or she] is prepared for the required practical test for the issuance of [applicable] certificate.
A 2. I certify that [First name, MI, Last name] has demonstrated satisfactory knowledge of the subject areas in which [he or she] was deficient on the [applicable] airman knowledge test.
A 33. I certify that [First name, MI, Last name] has received the required training in accordance with §§ 61.107 and 61.109. I have determined [he or she] is prepared for the [name of] practical test.

Open the proper ACS/PTS

Open my Questions & Answer page

Pre-flight briefing

The flight test

Post Flight Briefing

After printing the temporary certificate, Notice of Disapproval, or the Letter of Discontinuance, I will print a copy of this form and have the applicant sign it


DPE Role

*****Notes >>>>> Per the March 2019 Initial DPE training class an applicant can do one or two go arounds when attempting a landing. It is up to the examiner as to how many go arounds are allowed. >>>>> An applicant can also stop a maneuver and restart it if the applicant feels the maneuver got of to a bad start. For example, on a steep turn if the applicant is climbing or descending too much during the entry, the applicant can stop the maneuver and restart the maneuver.

*****Note >>>>> The ground reference maneuver rectangular course cannot be a traffic pattern with a landing. The ACS states "PA.V.B.S7 Maintain altitude ±100 feet; maintain airspeed ±10 knots." Flying the pattern with a landing is NOT maintaining altitude plus/minus 100 feet.

*****Note >>>>> The FAA does not recommend that you do a touch and go on a Practical Test.

***** Unusual attitude recovery >>>>>In moderate unusual attitudes, the pilot can normally
reorient by establishing a level flight indication on the
attitude indicator. However, the pilot should not depend on
this instrument if the attitude indicator is the spillable type,
because its upset limits may have been exceeded or it may
have become inoperative due to mechanical malfunction.
If it is the nonspillable-type instrument and is operating
properly, errors up to 5 degrees of pitch-and-bank may result
and its indications are very difficult to interpret in extreme
attitudes. As soon as the unusual attitude is detected, the
recommended recovery procedures stated in the POH/AFM
should be initiated. If there are no recommended procedures
stated in the POH/AFM, the recovery should be initiated by
reference to the ASI, altimeter, VSI, and turn coordinator.

This link should take you to the course to apply for Wings credit

If not, log into and under activities, search for "Initial Certification - Private Pilot" or by Activity Number: A071102-02

For Part 141 students, you need to use these two activities (the DPE can validate both of these for you once you pass the checkride):

Use this link for the flight portion

Used this link for the Ground School

PracticalTest PlasticCertificate
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Have the applicant bring a paper copy of the 8710 form signed by his/her instructor. For a practical test inside the 24 hour notification window, it is ok to do the test - the FAA will approve it when they have time. As the DPE you will not be able to do the post activity report until the FAA approves the test.
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