Yes. You must provide an airworthy aircraft with equipment relevant to the pilot operations required for the practical test.
You must have the following items available for inspection:
You must present the following items to the inspector:
The test standards are described in the Recreational Pilot or Private Pilot Practical Test Standards. Your instructor should have a copy of the practical test standards and should review them with you prior to your practical test. If your instructor doesnt have them, you can buy them from the Superintendent of Documents or US Government Printing Office bookstores.
You can take the test as soon as, in your instructors judgement, 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.
FAA Flight Standards District Offices conduct practical tests for pilot certification either at the offices location or periodically in cities within the district. The offices are usually located on or adjacent to an airport. FAA has also designated many flight instructors as pilot examiners. You should make an appointment for your practical test to avoid wasted time.
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 will have to pay. This is because the pilot examiner conducts tests without pay from FAA.
You don't have to wait. The FAA inspector or FAA-designated pilot examiner will issue a temporary pilots certificate effective for a specific time period. FAA will issue your permanent pilots certificate after we have reviewed your qualifications.
No. We dont charge for issuing the original pilots certificate. However, we do charge to replace any pilots certificate or medical certificate. As noted already, you may have to pay for certain other services, such as a physical examination.
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