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Practical Test Standards (PTS)

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Pilots

Airline Transport

Title
Publication
Date
Change
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Airline Transport Pilot Practical Test Standards for Helicopter (FAA-S-8081-20 with Changes 1, 2, 3, and 4) (PDF) Aug 1998 7/27/2016
Airline Transport Pilot and Aircraft Type Rating Practical Test Standards for Airplane (FAA-S-8081-5F with Changes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7) (PDF) July 2008 7/2/2014
Commercial

Title
Publication
Date
Change
Date
The Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards for Airplane has been superseded by the Commercial Pilot Airman Certification Standards (FAA-S-ACS-7, Change 3) (PDF) n/a n/a
Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards for Rotorcraft (Helicopter and Gyroplane) (FAA-S-8081-16B) (PDF) Feb 2013  
Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards for Light-Than-Air (Balloon, Airship) (FAA-S-8081-18) (PDF) May 1997  
Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards for Glider (FAA-S-8081-23A) with changes 1 and 2 (PDF) Nov 2006 09/03/2014
Private

Title
Publication
Date
Change
Date
The Private Pilot Practical Test Standards for Airplane has been superseded by the Private Pilot - Airplane Airman Certification Standards (FAA-S-ACS-6A, Change 1) (PDF) June 2017 6/12/2017
Private Pilot Practical Test Standards for Rotorcraft (Helicopter, Gyroplane) (FAA-S-8081-15A with Change 1) (PDF) July 2005 05/06/2013
Private Pilot Practical Test Standards for Lighter-Than-Air (Balloon, Airship) (FAA-S-8081-17) (PDF) June 1996  
Private Pilot Practical Test Standards for Glider (FAA-S-8081-22) (PDF) Apr 1999 09/01/2010
Private Pilot Practical Test Standards for Powered Parachute (PPL and PPS) and Weight Shift Control (WSCL and WSCS) (FAA-S-8081-32 with Change 1) (PDF) Dec 2004 7/5/2017
Sport

Title
Publication
Date
Change
Date
Sport Pilot Practical Test Standards for Airplane, Gyroplane, Glider, and Flight Instructor (FAA-S-8081-29 with Change 3) (PDF) Dec 2004 05/02/2014
Sport Pilot Practical Test Standards for Airship, Balloon, and Flight Instructor (FAA-S-8081-30 with Change 4) (PDF) Dec /2004 05/02/2014
Sport Pilot Practical Test Standards for Weight Shift Control, Powered Parachute, and Flight Instructor (FAA-S-8081-31 with Change 4) (PDF) Dec 2004 7/12/2017
Recreational

Title
Publication
Date
Change
Date
Recreational Pilot Practical Test Standards for Airplane, Rotorcraft/Helicopter, and Rotorcraft/Gyroplane (FAA-S-8081-3A) (PDF) Aug 2006  

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Flight Instructors

 

Title
Publication
Date
Change
Date
Flight Instructor Practical Test Standards for Airplane (FAA-S-8081-6D with Changes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6) (PDF) Jun 2012 4/19/2018
Flight Instructor Practical Test Standards for Rotorcraft (Helicopter, Gyroplane) (FAA-S-8081-7B) with Changes 1, 2 & 3) (PDF) Dec 2006 7/26/2016
Flight Instructor Practical Test Standards for Glider (FAA-S-8081-8B) (PDF) Oct 2006  
Flight Instructor Instrument Practical Test Standards for Airplane and Helicopter (FAA-S-8081-9D with changes 1 & 2) (PDF) Jul 2010 4/18/2014

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Mechanics

 

Title
Publication
Date
Change
Date
Aviation Mechanic General Practical Test Standards (FAA-S-8081-26A) (PDF) July 2012 4/27/2015
Aviation Mechanic Airframe Practical Test Standards (FAA-S-8081-27A with Change 2) (PDF) July 2012 9/29/2015
Aviation Mechanic Powerplant Practical Test Standards (FAA-S-8081-28A) (PDF) July 2012 4/27/2015

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Other Airmen Standards

 

Title
Publication
Date
Change
Date
Instrument Rating Practical Test Standards for Airplane, Helicopter, and Powered Lift (FAA-S-8081-4E with Changes 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5) (PDF)

The Airplane portion of this PTS has been superseded by the Instrument Rating Airman Certification Standards (FAA-S-ACS-8B) (PDF). Helicopter and Powered Lift applicants should continue to use this PTS.
Jan 2010 9/11/2013
Aircraft Dispatcher Practical Test Standards (FAA-S-8081-10D with Changes 1, 2, & 3) (PDF) May 2013 1/8/2018
Flight Engineer Practical Test Standards for Reciprocating Engine, Turbopropeller, and Turbojet Powered Aircraft (FAA-S-8081-21 with Changes 1, 2, 3, & 4) (PDF) Jan 1999 1/8/2018
Parachute Rigger Practical Test Standards (FAA-S-8081-25B) (PDF) 2012  

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