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FAA Practical Test

Preparing for the FAA Practical Test will require a significant  effort on your part. Your instructor will help guide and prepare you but it is your responsibility to study and ask questions. START HERE FOR DETAILS
Bob Wander

Private Pilot Glider Checkride by Bob Wander, Gliding Made Easy Series

Jim Burch

10 Ways to Fail a Practical Test (and how to pass one) by Jim Burch, Designated Pilot Examiner

Burch Practical Test Guide
You can purchase this concise practical test prep book from Arizona Soaring. Contact them for details.
  • Lesson Plans: Our lesson plans include everything that you need to know with links to videos and other source documents. Go to the Lesson Plans
  • SCOH Instruction Manual contains procedures and policies that are specific to our club.
  • Pilot Operating Handbook for the glider that you are learning in. See the member's area of our website.

FAA Practical Test Standards
The FAA Practical Test Standards are a set of specific 'guidelines and rules' for the way the check ride is conducted. Print or buy a booklet of the PTS for your check-ride.

Worksheets PTS
You must read and re-read the PTS cover to cover. These worksheets will help highlight some of the objective standards that you need to meet during the flight portion of the check-ride. 

Personal Library - obtain now
What must be in your personal glider library?
Federal Aviation Regulations
IACRA is the web-based certification/rating application that guides the user through the FAA's airman application process.
The Examiners will require you to have an account set up and information entered in IACRA before you meet them for the Practical Test. You should start this process at least three weeks before your check-ride to work out any bugs.