What to bring?

You will need to bring a number of documents, assignments and references to your practical exam. It’s recommended that you organize these documents in a binder or some other organizing system that allows you to quickly retrieve information as the examiner progresses through the practical exam. Recommended tabs for your binder include:

  • Personal Documents
  • Knowledge Test Results – including PLT statements for any missed questions
  • Cross Country Flight Planning
  • Performance
  • Weight and Balance
  • Aircraft Documents

Check out page 45 in the PTS to the right for the recommended checklist of items to bring to the practical exam.  I’ve added a couple of notes below with additional context.


  • Be sure that you are intimately familiar with the airplane’s logbooks.  You probably haven’t spent much time looking into these books, but the examiner will expect for you to show him that the airplane meets all required inspections and AD compliance.  We’ll discuss this more in depth in the Airworthiness Requirements area.

Personal Equipment

  • You’ll need a current sectional, TAC (if appropriate for your planned cross-country) and A/FD for the exam. Electronic charts are fine, but you need to have a backup paper copy of each chart you will use in case the examiner decides that your tablet’s batteries die during the middle of the practical exam.

Personal Records

  • You’ll need to bring government issued ID that includes both a photo and your signature.
  • You’ll most likely use IACRA to apply for your certificate.  This will speed up processing of your certificate.  When you register on the IACRA web site you will be issued a Flight Training Number (FTN).  This will be a different number than your pilot certificate.  You will need to write them number into the front of your logbook.  You’ll need it each time you apply for and take a practical exam for a pilot certificate or rating.
  • Computer Test Report is your knowledge exam test results from the computer testing center.
  • The examiner’s fee is typically required to be cash.  This prevents the applicant from canceling a check if they are not happy with the result of the exam.

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