Unit 7 – Shorts, Softs and Maneuvers

Preflight Exercises

Obtain a weather briefing from LMFSWeb and 1-800-WXBRIEF for the local area.

Complete all portions of the Preflight Briefing Sheet.

Preflight the airplane using your checklist.

Preflight Discussion
Topic Be able to answer: Resources to study:
Aerodynamics Performance Takeoffs and Landings

  • Describe how to perform a short field takeoff?
  • Describe how to perform a short field landing?
  • Describe how to perform a soft field takeoff?
  • Describe how to perform a soft field landing?
  • Describe how to perform a crosswind takeoff?
  • Describe how to perform a crosswind landing?
Review pages 5-8 through 5-11 and pages 8-17 through 8-20 in the AFH.

Systems Landing Gear and Brakes

  • What type of tires does your airplane use?
  • Are the tires tubeless?
  • What is the correct pressure for the nose wheel tire and main wheel tires?
  • What provides shock absorption for the main gear?
  • Describe the nose gear strut.
  • Describe the function of the shimmy dampener on the nose gear.
  • Describe the main landing gear brake system.
  • How are the co-pilot’s rudder pedals connected to the pilot’s rudder pedals?
  • During preflight, what issues are you looking for with the gear and brakes?
Study Chapter 7 – Systems and Chapter 8 – Servicing in your airplane’s POH/AFM
Practical Knowledge Airspace

  • Tell me about the airspace between Palo Alto (KPAO) and Fallon (KFLX)?
  • What is a TFR? What are the best resources to learn of TFRs?
  • What is a Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA)?
  • What is a TRSA? Where is the closest TRSA?
  • What is a MTR? Show me on the chart.
  • What is a warning area? Show me on the chart.
  • What is a MOA? Show me on the chart.
  • What is an alert area? Show me on the chart.
  • What is a restricted area? Show me on the chart.
  • What is a prohibited area? Show me on the chart.
  • What is the ADIZ? Show me on the chart?
  • What are wildlife conservation areas? Show me on the chart.
  • What is Special VFR?
  • When would you request a Special VFR clearance?
  • What are the hazards of operating under Special VFR?
  • In order to issue a Special VFR clearance, what types of aircraft cannot be in the same airspace?
  • What visibility and cloud clearance requirements to be given a Special VFR clearance?
  • How would you obtain a special VFR clearance for arrival to an uncontrolled field?
  • How would you obtain a special VFR clearance for departure from an uncontrolled field?
  • How would you obtain a special VFR clearance for departure from an tower controlled field?
  • How would you obtain a special VFR clearance for arrival to a tower controlled field?

Study Chapter 14 – Airspace in the PHAK.

For information on Special VFR, see:

Practice using your airspace knowledge by picking two airports that are approximately 100 NM apart or more. Both airports should be in dense, complex airspace areas. Practice identifying the airspace, its VFR weather minimums, equipment, communication and certificate requirements. Remember that airspace is three dimensional and for every point on a chart, there are typically at least four airspace layers. Practice recalling when airspace changes from Class G to Class E by detecting shaded magenta and shaded blue airspace boundaries.

Be able to identify all Special Use Airspace (SUA) depicted on a chart. Be able to explain the significance, risks, and operating requirements for each type of SUA.

Complete this AOPA Air Safety Institute Courses on airspace:
ASIAirspace

Study Airspace, starting on page 9-37, in 2014 Private Pilot Test Prep.

Decision Making and Risk Mgmt

Review weather briefing and weight and balance for flight.

Use the PAVE checklist to identify risks associated with the flight.

Flight Experience
Operation Expect to: Prepare by:
Maneuver Review You will perform these maneuvers. Your instructor will provide feedback.

  • Steep Turns
  • Slow Flight
  • Power Off Stall
  • Power On Stall
  • Simulated Emergency
  • Emergency Descent
Performance Takeoffs and Landing Your instructor will demonstrate each of these takeoffs and landings. You will then practice these takeoffs and landings. Your instructor will provide feedback.

  • Short Field Takeoff
  • Short Field Landing
  • Soft Field Takeoff
  • Soft Field Landing