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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) administers oral as well as written exams for pilot certification and flight review. These exam guides teach applicants not only what to expect, but also how to exhibit subject mastery and confidence under the scrutiny of the FAA Examiner.
In this series, the most consistent questions asked in each exam are provided in a question-and-answer format, with information sources for further study. Applicants facing the Instrument Rating oral exams will benefit from the topics discussed and the further study materials provided in this Instrument edition, which have been updated to reflect important FAA regulatory and procedural changes, including new or updated PTS technical subject areas.
The Eighth Edition contains a new chapter on the currently hot FAA topic of "scenario-based training" (SBT), written by Arlynn McMahon (author of "Train Like You Fly"). It provides insight into these more-complex questions on how to demonstrate one's grasp of the practical application of flight training. Scenario-based questions are now an integral part of FAA Oral & Practical Exams, and FAA examiners are using them more and more often.
Michael D. Hayes began flying in 1972 at the age of 17. Over the past 30 years he has accumulated numerous certificates and ratings including Private, Commercial single- and multi-engine land ratings. He is currently a Certified Flight Instructor (Instrument) and is author of ASA's OEG Series.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1 Flight Planning A. Certificates, Ratings, and Currency Requirements B. Preflight Action for Flight C. Preflight Action for Aircraft D. IFR Flight Plan E. Route Planning F. Flight Instruments G. Fundamentals of Weather H. Obtaining Weather Information I. Aviation Weather Reports and Observations J. Aviation Weather Forecasts K. Aviation Weather Charts Additional Study Questions 2 Departure A. Authority and Limitations of the Pilot B. Departure Clearance C. Departure Procedures D. VOR Accuracy Checks E. Transponder F. Airport Facilities Additional Study Questions 3 En Route A. Enroute Limitations B. Enroute Procedures C. Oxygen Requirements D. Emergencies E. Radio Orientation F. Unusual Flight Conditions G. Radio Navigation H. Airway Route System I. Airspace J. Special Use Airspace Additional Study Questions 4 Arrival A. Approach Control B. Precision Approaches C. Nonprecision Approaches D. RNAV (GPS) Approaches E. Circling Approaches F. Missed Approaches G. Landing Procedures H. Logging Flight Time I. Instrument Approach Procedure Charts: General J. Instrument Approach Procedure Charts: Plan View K. Instrument Approach Procedure Charts: Profile L. Instrument Approach Procedure Charts: Minimums M. Instrument Approach Procedure Charts: Aerodrome Additional Study Questions 5 Scenario-Based Training Appendix 1 Practical Test Checklist for Applicants and Examiners Appendix 2 Certified Flight InstructorInstrument Airplane Supplement Appendix 3 FAA Instrument Proficiency Check Guidance