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3 Pilot Tests To Become a Pilot

3 Pilot Tests To Become a PilotThere are many different kinds of pilots. After all, millions of Americans have learned how to fly. Some fly just for fun. Some fly as a way to travel to their jobs. And some are career pilots who fly professionally to earn a living.

Types of pilots in successive order of qualifications:

  • Student Pilot
  • Sport Pilot
  • Recreational Pilot
  • Private Pilot
  • Instrument rating
  • Commercial Pilot
  • Certificated Flight Instructor
  • Airline Transport Pilot (ATP)
  • Designated Pilot Examiner

Whether you’re pursuing a sport, recreational, or private pilot certificate, you’ll need to pass three tests: the pre-solo written test, FAA knowledge test, and FAA practical test.

1. Pre-Solo Written Test
  • Required before your first solo flight
  • May be written by your flight school, instructor, a commercial vendor, or anyone else as long as it meets FAA requirements
  • Questions may be any format (multiple-choice, fill-in-the blank, essay, etc.)
  • May be any number of questions
  • May be open- or closed-book
  • Must be corrected to 100%
  • Must include at least the following topics:
  • Applicable regulations from parts 61 and 91
  • Airspace rules and procedures for the airport where the solo flight will be performed
  • Flight characteristics and operational limitations for the make and model of aircraft to be flown
2. FAA Knowledge Test
  • Often called “the written”
  • Questions are pulled from an FAA database
  • Test is taken on a computer with supplementary information available on paper
  • Questions are multiple-choice
  • Minimum passing score: 70%
  • Instructor’s endorsement is required to take the test
  • Two vendors offer FAA approved testing: CATS and LaserGrade
  • Cost = $150
  • Number of questions and time limit depend on pilot certificate sought:
  • Sport: 40 questions, 2 hours
  • Recreational: 50 questions, 2 hours
  • Private: 60 questions, 2 hours 30 minutes
3. FAA Practical Test
  • Often called a “checkride”
  • Administered by an FAA inspector, designated pilot examiner (DPE), or sport pilot examiner
  • Content and conduct of the test is strictly governed by the applicable FAA Practical Test Standards
  • Test is pass/fail (fail one item, fail the test)
  • Instructor’s endorsement is required to take the test
  • Cost: free if administered by an FAA inspector, otherwise normally a fee applies (set by the examiner)
  • Divided into two parts: The oral portion tests the applicant’s knowledge and The flight portion continues to test the applicant’s knowledge and also evaluates flying skills
Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology

The mission of Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology is to provide practical and educational opportunities that emphasize the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary for a fulfilling career in aviation throughout a lifetime of technological and social change.

Our Aeronautical Science Program includes 565 flight hours and more multi-engine time than any other college or flight school. NO FTDs (Simulators) are used towards flight time requirements. Our large multi-engine fleet is equipped with Garmin 430s, and ASPEN EFIS is being introduced.

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