Task A: Certificates and Documents

Task A: Certificates and Documents (ASEL and ASES)

References: 14 CFR parts 39, 43, 61, 91; FAA-H-8083-3, FAA-H-8083-23, FAA-H-8083-25; POH/AFM.

Objective: To determine that the applicant exhibits satisfactory knowledge of the elements related to certificates and documents by:

Private Pilot PTS What this means… What you need to do to prepare
1. Explaining—

a. private pilot certificate privileges, limitations, and recent flight experience requirements.

b. medical certificate class and duration.

c. pilot logbook or flight records.

 You need to be able to answer these questions from memory:

  • Describe the privileges and limitations of a private pilot.
  • Describe the expenses that can be shared by your passengers on a flight in which you are the PIC.
  • What types of flights can you serve as a PIC that are related to your business or employment?
  • Describe the expenses that can be reimbursed by your employer for flights.
  • For which types of airplanes can you serve as PIC as a private pilot?
  • Define and describe what is required to fly high performance, complex, tail wheel, high altitude aircraft?
  • What recent flight experience requirements are required to act as PIC?
  • When will your flight review expire?
  • What currency requirements are required to carry passengers?
  • What is the definition of night in regards to carrying passengers?
  • What type of medical certificate is required to act as a private pilot?
  • What is the duration of your medical certificate?  When will it expire?
  • Which flights need to be logged as a private pilot?
Look up the answers to these questions in these sections of 14 CFR 61:

2. Locating and explaining—

a. airworthiness and registration certificates.

b. operating limitations, placards, instrument markings, and POH/AFM.

c. weight and balance data and equipment list.

You need to be able to answer these questions from memory:

  • What are the basic airworthiness requirements for your aircraft?  Please show them to me. (Think AROW documents).
  • Where do you find operating limitations for your aircraft?
  • Tell me about some of your aircraft’s operating limitations.
  • What is your aircraft’s empty weight and CG?
  • What is the maximum takeoff weight for your aircraft?
  • Is oil included in the aircraft’s empty weight?
  • Which equipment installed in your airplane is required for FAA certification?
  • What is the demonstrated crosswind component for your aircraft?  Is this a limitation?
  • What limitations are marked on the airspeed indicator?
  • What is maneuvering speed for your aircraft?  What is the significance of maneuvering speed?

The examiner will assign you a task to prepare a weight and balance calculated for both the takeoff and landing condition associated with the associated cross country flight.  You will need to determine if the aircraft is legal and safe to be flown by both being under max gross weight and between the fore and aft CG limits.  You will need to be sure that you are using the current weight and balance certificate for the aircraft.  

Look up the answers to these questions in your airplane’s AFM and 14 CFR 91.7 and 14 CFR 91.203

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