Practical Test Scenarios and Instructions

Scenario 1:

  • Traveling to Naples with your spouse to visit your In-laws for their 50th wedding anniversary. Overnight bag 40 lbs. Child in rear seat 60lbs, spouse 120lbs. Departure time weather (obtain current METAR/TAF etc). Discuss and show planning etc.

Scenario 2:

  • Travelling to Gainesville for Gators game with a friend who weighs 150 lbs, Cooler with beer secured on rear passenger seat 80 lbs. Current departure weather. Discuss and show planning etc.

Scenario 3:

  • Travelling to Tallahassee for an important business meeting at the capitol. Planning to return tonight. Your friend says since you are flying, he will pay the cost of the trip if you take him, so he doesn’t have to make the long drive to visit his girlfriend. (Options?) Discuss and show planning etc.

Scenario 4:

  • You are going to Key West. Your neighbor finds out you are a pilot and offers to pay for the trip if you take him (180 lbs) and his wife (110 lbs) with you. Discuss options, show planning.

Scenario 5:

  • You are going to Garrett County Airport (2G4) for a business trip. Your passenger weighs 195 lbs, business supplies, 50 lbs. Prepare a weight and balance, VFR flight-plan, and navigational log to your first fuel stop using performance tables for the aircraft you will be using for your check-ride.


  • Now is the time to demonstrate knowledge, mastery and safe operation of the aircraft.


    Plan it like you are going to fly it. In addition to Pilotage, you must be able to show that you can use any installed avionics. The ACS is the “... comprehensive standard for what an applicant must know, consider, and do for the safe conduct and successful completion of each Task to be tested on both the qualifying FAA knowledge test and the oral and flight portions of the practical test.

    The flight portion of the practical test requires the applicant to demonstrate knowledge, risk management, flight proficiency, and operational skill in accordance with the ACS” (FAA ACS). Know what is expected of you. Remember, the examiner is an impartial observer and evaluator.