Review: The Private Pilot Oral Exam Guide (Book)

Private Pilot Oral Exam Guide

Updated to reflect vital FAA regulatory, procedural, and training changes, this indispensable tool prepares private pilots for the “checkride” with an FAA examiner. The Private Pilot Oral Exam Guide (Michael D. Hayes) answers the most common questions asked by examiners, clarifies the requirements of the written and oral portions, and presents practice questions from the exam with a reference to the specific information source from where the answer may be derived. An appendix with a “Practical Test Checklist” is included.

The main body of questions is written in a Q & A format, with the questions that checkride examiners are most likely to ask along with comprehensive, easy-to-remember responses. This guide teaches not only what to expect on the private pilot oral exam, but also how to exhibit subject mastery and confidence while under the examiner’s scrutiny.

I purchased this book early on in my private pilot training, and I suggest you do the same. To start with, I did not know how to answer many of the questions, but as I gained experience I was able to measure my progress by testing my knowledge against the questions posed in this book.

It is easy to convince yourself that you understand the subject matter required by the ACS. However, the devil is in the detail, and this book helps you uncover your weak spots by presenting you with questions, not answers (the answers are included, but it goes without saying that you should attempt to answer the questions yourself, first!). This is an important tool to help you focus on the material you don’t know as well as you should, especially as you get towards your checkride. It provides excellent value for money.


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