Basic Aircraft Flight

This section provides basic knowledge that is essential for pilots. It introduces basic pilot skills and knowledge that are essential for piloting airplanes. It provides information on transition to other airplanes and the operation of various airplane systems. This section is developed to assist student pilots learning to fly airplanes. It is also beneficial to pilots who wish to improve their flying proficiency and aeronautical knowledge, those pilots preparing for additional certificates or ratings, and flight instructors engaged in the instruction of both student and certificated pilots. It introduces the future pilot to the realm of flight and provides information and guidance in the performance of procedures and maneuvers required for pilot certification. Topics such as navigation and communication, meteorology, use of flight information publications, regulations, and aeronautical decision making are available in other Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) publications.

  1. Introduction to Flight Training
  2. Ground Operations
  3. Basic Flight Maneuvers
  4. Maintaining Aircraft Control
  5. Takeoffs and Departure Climbs
  6. Ground Reference Maneuvers
  7. Airport Traffic Patterns
  8. Approaches and Landings
  9. Performance Maneuvers
  10. Night Operations
  11. Transition to Complex Airplanes
  12. Transition to Multiengine Airplanes
  13. Transition to Tailwheel Airplanes
  14. Transition to Turbopropeller-Powered Airplanes
  15. Transition to Jet-Powered Airplanes
  16. Transition to Light Sport Airplanes (LSA)
  17. Emergency Procedures

The information found in this section is based upon the information found in the Airplane Flying Handbook published by the FAA.

Recommended

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