ASA Oral Exam Guide: Private

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The Private Oral Exam Guide is designed to help prepare student pilots for the oral exam portion of their checkride with FAA examiners. Using a question-and-answer format, this indispensable tool lists the questions most likely to be asked by examiners and provides succinct, ready responses. Instructors rate the oral exam guide series as excellent resources for students in both planning for what to expect during the airplane checkride, and mastering the subject matter. This guide is also great preparation for flight reviews, aircraft transitions, and as general refresher material.

This eleventh edition has been updated to comply with the Airman Certification Standards (ACS) and recent FAA publications, rules and procedures. All the subjects a Private Pilot candidate will be tested on during checkrides and review flights are covered. Chapters are dedicated to certificates and documents, weather, determining performance and limitations, airplane systems, cross-country flight planning, night operations, aeromedical factors, and SBT (Scenario-Based Training.) Scenario-based questions have become an integral part of the Practical Test and an important tool in an examiner’s toolbox. Student responses to these “open-ended” questions demonstrate an understanding of the big picture and convey the practical application of what’s important and why. Noted SBT expert, Arlynn McMahon (2009 National Flight Instructor of the Year, and recipient of the 2010 NATA Award for Excellence in Pilot Training Award), provides insight into these scenario-based questions and will be invaluable to students preparing for their checkride.

Questions, answers, and explanations in this guide were researched using FAA documents (identified so readers know where to go for further study) as well as through interviews with FAA examiners. References for further study are provided throughout the book, and additional study questions conclude each chapter.


  • Author: Michael Hayes
  • ISBN: 978-1-61954-459-8
  • Edition: Eleventh
  • Dimensions: 5-1/4" x 8-1/4"
  • Page Count: 256 pages
  • Weight: 0.7 lbs
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Well written. Like the question and answer format.

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June 28, 2022

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February 27, 2022

all is well, great service.

Roger H
December 26, 2019

I still have several months to start my testing, this guide book is giving me an edge on my up coming investment. thank you

Altavilla A
August 24, 2019

I had taken my written test three months before my check ride and was a little rusty...A complete review of this study guide was perfect..Everything the DPE asked during the oral was in this study guide I passed the check ride first try..Highly recommend.

David K
March 31, 2019

I bought this to help guide me in evaluating student pilots prep for their practical exam. It is an excellent book as is all material I have used from ASA. Previously I used their CFI oral exam guide when I was preparing for my CFI practical. I studied it so much the pages literally were falling out. At the conclusion of the oral exam the examiner stated it was the best CFI oral exam performance he had ever witnessed. There really isnt anything in the book that the FAA doesnt expect to be covered.

January 15, 2019


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Q: Is this ASA Oral Exam Guide an e-book?

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