• Must I provide the aircraft for my practical test?
    • Yes. TAA Flight Training will provide an airworthy aircraft with equipment relevant to the pilot operations required for the practical test.
  • What papers and documents must I present to the FAA inspector or FAA-designated pilot examiner prior to my practical test?
    • Your personal instructor will review all papers with you prior to taking the test to insure you have everything in order on the day of your test. You will have the following items available for inspection:
      • The aircraft’s registration certificate
      • The aircraft’s airworthiness certificate
      • The aircraft’s operating limitations or FAA- approved aircraft flight manual (if required)
      • The aircraft’s equipment list
      • Weight and balance data for the aircraft
      • Your FCC radio station certificate
      • The aircraft and engine logbooks or other maintenance records AND;
      • Any applicable airworthiness directives.
    • You must present the following items to the inspector:
      • Your FAA Form 8710-1, Application for an Airman Certificate and/or Rating, (with the flight instructor’s recommendation)
      • Your satisfactory grade on an AC Form 8080-2, Airman Written Test Report or an airman computer test report (if the test was taken at an FAA-designated computer testing center)
      • Your medical certificate (when required) and student pilot’s certificate endorsed by a flight instructor for solo, solo cross-country (when appropriate), and for the make and model of airplane to be used for the practical test
      • Your pilot’s logbook AND;
      • Your graduation certificate from TAA Flight Training.
  • What does the practical test consist of, and how will my performance be evaluated?
    • The test standards are described in the Recreational Pilot or Private Pilot Practical Test Standards. Your instructor has a copy of the practical test standards and should review them with you prior to your practical test. The Test Standards booklet is available at TAA Flight Training for a nominal charge.
  • When can I take the recreational pilot or private pilot practical test?
    • You can take the test as soon as, in your instructor’s judgment, you are ready. By endorsing your test application, your flight instructor is making a written recommendation to this effect. Your flight instructor’s written recommendation shows that you have met all the prerequisites for the practical test.
  • Is there any charge for taking the practical test?
    • If you take the test from an FAA inspector, there is no charge. If you take the test from an FAA-designated pilot examiner, you may be charged. This is because the pilot examiner conducts tests without pay from the FAA.
  • Where can I take the practical test?
    • Either an FAA inspector or a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) can give you the practical test at TAA Flight Training. Most students choose the DPE as it is more convenient and comfortable doing the test in familiar surroundings at your own flight school.
  • May I exercise the privileges of my pilot’s certificate immediately after passing my practical test or must I wait until I receive the actual pilot’s certificate?
    • You don’t have to wait! The thrill and excitement of giving your friends and family rides can be immediately exercised! The FAA inspector or FAA-designated pilot examiner will issue a temporary pilot’s certificate effective for a specific time period. The FAA will issue your permanent pilot’s certificate after we have reviewed your qualifications.
  • Is there a charge for issuing the pilot’s certificate?
    • No. The FAA doesn’t charge for issuing the original pilot’s certificate. However, they do charge to replace any pilot’s certificate or medical certificate. As noted already, you may have to pay for certain other services, such as a physical examination.