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A Deep Dive into FAA Resources for the CFI Checkride

Outline:
 
  1. References for each task are listed in the PTS or ACS under each task.  These are the only references the pilot or instructor is required to use and understand.  A DPE asking questions not in this section is “Testing Outside of the Standard.”

  2. The primary resources for the CFI practical test are:

    1. PHAK

    2. Airplane Flying Handbook

    3. Aviation Instructor’s Handbook

    4. FAR

    5. AIM

    6. AC 61-65H

    7. POH

  3. There are additional references in the form of ACs and other handbooks like Aviation Weather, Advanced Avionics Handbook, etc.

  4. A detailed look at the PHAK.  Purpose - Provides the Aeronautical Knowledge content for all certificates and ratings.

  5. A detailed look at the Airplane Flying Handbook.  Provides the “How to” for every maneuver.  When a maneuver or procedure is in the POH for the airplane, use that procedure; otherwise, use what’s in the Airplane Flying Handbook.  Deep looks into:

    1. Prerequisite information before teaching:

      1. Steep Turns.

      2. Turns around a point, S-turns across a road, rectangular courses.

      3. Power off 180-degree accuracy landing.

    2. Content for Understanding Complex Airplane Operations and Turbocharging.

    3. Content for flying Multi-Engine Airplanes.

  6. FAR - Most important regulations for CFIs:

    1. 61.1 - Definitions (XC requirements vs XC definition)

    2. 61.23 - Medical certificates and basic med.  CFIs don’t need a medical to take the checkride if DPE will be PIC and only necessary when teaching if required to be PIC.

    3. 61.31 - Soloing a pilot already holding a pilot certificate above a student pilot certificate.  Complex, HP, High Altitude, Tailwheel endorsement requirements.

    4. 61.39 - Prerequisites for a practical test.  A.1 and A.2 endorsement.

    5. 61.49 - Retesting after failure.  Note: 60-day validity is not in the regulation; it’s in DPE order 8900.2.

    6. 61.56 - Flight Review.

    7. 61.57 - Recency of experience - Passengers, IFR etc.

    8. 61.63

    9. Subpart C - Student Pilots

    10. Subpart D - Recreational Pilots

    11. Subpart E - Private Pilots

    12. Subpart F - Commercial Pilots

    13. Subpart H - Flight Instructors

    14. Subpart I - Ground Instructors

  7. AIM:

    1. Chapters 4 and 5

  8. AC 61-65H - Endorsements

    1. The front section is a textual description of how to do something.

    2. The appendix contains sample endorsements.

    3. Sample endorsements have a guide to endorsing - How to sign, etc, properly.

  9. POH - Pilot Operating Handbook Sections:  GLEN PWS:

    1. General - General Information

    2. Limitations - This also includes all of the placards that must be installed on the airplane.

    3. Emergency procedures - If there are BOLD ITEMS, those are Memory Items.

    4. Normal procedures - There may also be amplified procedures - detail for wing flap settings for rough field operations, for example.

    5. Performance - Pay particular attention to the cruise performance section.  RPM vs %power - TAS and Fuel Flow come from here.

    6. Weight and Balance - Don’t use the sample weight and balance for your airplane.

    7. Systems - Descriptions of all of the systems on the airplane.

    8. Supplements - Autopilot on/off altitudes, limitations, GPS, etc.

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