(Click on Test Below to see Required Flight Times and Endorsements Needed)
Once you have passed your FAA Written Knowledge Test and mastered the established standards for knowledge, skill, and risk management elements in all Tasks appropriate to the certificate and rating sought; Your flight instructor will sign your endorsement stating you are ready to take your practical test. At this point, you may schedule an appointment for your practical test.
A practical test, more commonly known as a “check ride”, is the Federal Aviation Administration examination which one must undergo in the United States to receive an aircraft pilot's certification, or an endorsement for additional flight privileges. The practical test consists of two parts and is usually completed in one appointment. The oral portion of the test must be completed prior to the flight portion. Both must be successfully completed in order to achieve a temporary airman certificate.
If you are ready, click on the Designated Pilot Examiner logo to schedule a check ride appointment.
Prior to your exam date, you will need to complete a series of administrative tasks. The "What to Bring" link above and the specific endorsement guides below will help to make sure you have what you need to begin your practical exam..
Exam Hint: Know your aircraft! Most applicants are weak on the knowledge of aircraft systems and limitations. Some have even admitted they have never looked at the aircraft's AFM/POH. The typical AFM/POH contains the following nine sections: General; Limitations; Emergency Procedures; Normal Procedures; Performance; Weight and Balance/Equipment List; Systems Description; Handling, Service, Maintenance; and Supplements. Familiarizing yourself with your specific aircraft's AFM/POH will be a great benefit. The Airplane Flying Handbook is also a great reference and will help with preflight inspections.