Recreational Pilot Practical Test Standards for Airplane Rotorcraft Helicopter Rotorcraft Gyroplane FAA-S-8081-3A: The Recreational Pilot Practical Test Standards (PTS) book has been published by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to establish the standards for recreational pilot practical tests for airplane, rotorcraft/helicopter, and rotorcraft/gyroplane. FAA inspectors, designated pilot examiners, and check airmen (referred to as examiners throughout the remaining practical test standard) must conduct practical tests in compliance with these standards. Flight instructors and applicants should find these standards helpful in practical test preparation. An applicant must demonstrate knowledge and skill in the areas specified in Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 61 to be issued a recreational pilot certificate or rating. The CFRs provide the flexibility to permit the FAA to publish practical test standards containing the AREAS OF OPERATION and specific TASKs in which pilot competency must be demonstrated. The FAA will revise this test book whenever it is determined that changes are needed in the interest of safety. Adherence to the provisions of the regulations and the practical test standards is mandatory for evaluation of recreational pilot applicants.
This test book contains the following Recreational Pilot Practical Test Standards:
Section 1—Airplane Single-Engine Land/Sea
The Recreational Pilot Practical Test Standards includes the AREAS OF OPERATION and TASKs for the issuance of an initial recreational pilot certificate and for the addition of category ratings and/or class ratings to that certificate.
Practical Test Standards