Fourth, Cramming for the Test

Your goal is to pass the FAA practical test for your private-pilot certificate. Toward that goal your instructor will help you practice for the test, giving you at least three hours of instruction that will be very similar to what the experience of taking the test will be like. You’ll be practicing …

  • Takeoffs and landings.
  • Turns and other maneuvers.
  • Slow flight.
  • Stalls.
  • Emergency procedures.
Number of Take-Offs Equals Number of Landings (Hopefully)
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Your instructor will be guided by an FAA document called the Private Pilot Practical Test Standards (PTS). You should have a copy as well. The FAA flight examiner will not attempt to trick you or to test you on any skill not described in the PTS.

"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore."
-- Andre Gide

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