Aeronautical Knowledge

This sections provides basic knowledge that is essential for pilots. It introduces pilots to the broad spectrum of knowledge that will be needed as they progress in their pilot training. Except for the Code of Federal Regulations pertinent to civil aviation, most of the knowledge areas applicable to pilot certification are presented. This section is useful to beginning pilots, as well as those pursuing more advanced pilot certificates.

It is essential for persons using this section to become familiar with and apply the pertinent parts of 14 CFR and the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM). You can get a physical copy of the FAR/AIM at online retailers such as Amazon. The current Flight Standards Service airman training and testing material and learning statements for all airman certificates and ratings can be obtained from, or you can scroll down further for more information on additional training aids published by ASA.

  1. Introduction to Flying
  2. Aeronautical Decision-Making
  3. Aircraft Construction
  4. Principles of Flight
  5. Aerodynamics of Flight
  6. Flight Controls
  7. Aircraft Systems
  8. Flight Instruments
  9. Flight Manuals and Other Documents
  10. Weight and Balance
  11. Aircraft Performance
  12. Weather Theory
  13. Aviation Weather Services
  14. Airport Operations
  15. Airspace
  16. Navigation
  17. Aeromedical Factors

The information found in this section is based upon the information found in the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge published by the FAA.


Private Pilot Test Prep 2018 – Pilot license candidates studying for the Private and Recreational Pilot FAA Knowledge Exam will find sample questions for every question in the Federal Aviation Administration exam database along with their answers and explanations. Questions from the exam are arranged by subject category, with each section prefaced by text introducing the subject matter and accompanied by specific study material. Each question is followed by the answer, an explanation of the answer, and a Learning Statement Code for further study in FAA materials. Updates are provided to account for FAA test-question changes throughout the publication year via the ASA website or e-mail alerts. Up-to-date basics on aerodynamics, engine operation, flight instruments, performance, radio navigation, and meteorology are among the subjects covered in this study aid. Includes softcover book and computer testing supplement.

You may also find the Private Pilot Oral Exam Guide helpful in your preparation for your FAA oral Exam.