New Pilot and Flight Instructor Resources

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 @ 8:00 AM

We want to bring to your attention the availability of two new resources for pilots and instructors. With the issuance of new Practical Test Standards (PTS), these two resources will be important as you prepare for a practical test or flight review.

A new chapter has been added to the Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (PHAK) entitled, Runway Incursion Avoidance.  This chapter, contained in Appendix 1, provides the information pilots will be tested and checked on in the Private Pilot and Commercial Pilot PTS, effective June 1, 2012, and also in the soon to be released CFI and ATP PTS's, which include a required Runway Incursion Avoidance TASK.

In light of the fact that General Aviation accounts for 80% of runway incursions, and in respect to pilots accomplishing a 14 CFR section 61.56 Flight Review, it is imperative that the required items listed within the PTS, appropriate to the level of pilot certificate held by the pilot completing a Flight Review, be presented to the pilot.  Flight instructors play a key role in this regard!

Further, prior to the use of the appropriate PTS, it is strongly urged that CFIs thoroughly know the content of the new chapter of the PHAK, and also utilize recently revised AC 61.98B, Currency Requirements and Guidance for the Flight Review and Instrument Proficiency Check,  to ensure that the pilot completing a Flight Review is knowledgeable and proficient in what is required today to ensure the safety of flight.

The iFlightPlanner Crew