Sport Pilot Practical Test Standards for Airplane, Gyroplane, Glider, and Flight Instructor
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The Flight Standards Service of the Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) has developed this practical test book as the standard that shall
be used by FAA inspectors and designated pilot examiners (DPEs)
when conducting sport pilot and flight instructor with a sport pilot rating
practical tests or proficiency checks.
The word “examiner” is used throughout the standards to denote either
the FAA inspector or an FAA designated pilot examiner who conducts
an official practical test or proficiency check. When an examiner
conducts a proficiency check they are acting in the capacity of an
A proficiency check is an evaluation of aeronautical knowledge and
flight proficiency IAW Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations
(14 CFR) part 61, section 61.321 or 61.419. A proficiency check must
be administered using the appropriate practical test standard (PTS) for
the category of aircraft when a pilot or a flight instructor adds new
category/class privileges. Upon successful completion of the proficiency
check the authorized instructor will endorse the applicant’s logbook
indicating the added category/class of equipment that the applicant is
authorized to operate. When an examiner conducts a proficiency check
they are acting in the capacity of an authorized instructor.