PPL checkride prep.

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Follow the techniques and study materials in this post to pass your PPL checkride with confidence.

Many student pilots struggle during their checkride. Knowing what and how to study for the oral and practical exam can pass the checkride with ease.

In this post, I shared the useful ppl checkride preps and methods to utilize the preps.

Let us begin with preps for the Private pilot checkride:

  1. PPL oral exam guide;
  2. ACS (Airmen Certification Standards);
  3. FAR/AIM;
  4. Pilots Operating Handbook for your aircraft type;
  5. Chcekride Ready (Optional).

As a bonus, I also included some tips for your practical exam day at the end of this article.

How do student pilots prepare for the checkride?

Preparing and passing a checkride is nothing complicated. I want to say this first if your Flight instructor believes you are ready to go for a checkride means you will pass the checkride.

Regardless, on rare occasions, student pilots fail the checkride, which only delays obtaining a private pilot license.

If you don’t follow or bring along with you in your check ride, your DPE might decide you are not ready to get your private pilot license.

The checkride is all about your decision-making and how organized you are to conduct safe flights.

Thus it is crucial before the day of your checkride to go to the hangar and collect some items.

Studying these items will allow you to be more confident in your checkride.

  • Collect engine, airframe, and propeller maintenance logs. Recognize what each information indicates about the airplane’s airworthiness;
  • Speak to your flight instructor and verify whether you have required logbook signoffs and endorsements or not;
  • Complete the integrated airman certification and rating application;
  • Prepare the flight plan for a cross country flight where your DPE often goes and including the alternatives;
  • Find out the METAR and forecast weather reports for your cross country flight the next day;

The last two points, you don’t need to go to the hangar to do it, but doing it with your Flight instructor will eliminate any chance of failing the checkride.

But at this stage, you are supposed to do forecast weather and plan cross country flight all by yourself correctly.

Now let’s discuss why do you need the materials I mentioned in this article.

PPL oral exam guide.

The Private Pilot oral exam guide is an excellent book to prepare for all the questions you may face during your oral test on checkride day.

The checkride has two parts:

  1. The oral exam in the ground;
  2. Practical exam to test flying skills.

For the oral exam part, you don’t know what type of questions your DPE may ask. But if you study the book, you will have a clear idea of the problems you will face during your oral exam.

Not just that, the oral exam guide will teach you the answers to those questions.

Thoroughly reading this book will prepare you for all the relevant questions your DPE may ask. The DPE won’t ask you anything that is not relevant to the private pilot licensing stage.

During your Oral exam, your DPE may ask you many questions to which you already know the answers. But it is only to verify how safe of a pilot you are.

YouDPE will ask you scenario-based questions, and what will you do in that situation. Reading the oral exam guide, you will exactly learn how to use your existing knowledge to come out from a difficult situation in flight.

The flight instructor will also ask everyday calculations acronyms, policies, and procedures to conduct safe flights.

Thus remember this oral exam’s purpose is to verify how safe and competent you are to have a private pilot license.

Airman Certification Standards (ACS)

Airman certification standards have everything a check pilot will possibly ask you to do on your practical exam on checkride.

You can get ACS PDF online and read through it.

Studying through this book will give you an idea of what maneuvers you should practice before the check ride and tasks you have to accomplish on the practical checkride.

The DPE will not expect you anything more than what is in the Airman certification standard for your PPL checkride.

As a student pilot, you learned most things based on the ACS.

Thus it is likely you have learned everything you need to know for your private pilot checkride.

Use ACS to verify if you have missed something or not. If you see something you are unfamiliar with, discuss it with your flight instructor and request him to explain that to you.

Knowing the materials in ACS will ready you for the practical exam on checkride.

If your DPE asks you anything out of the ordinary and is not in the ACS, don’t hesitate but try to complete that task if you can.

That would mean that your DPE is satisfied with your practical exam and trying to see if you know something more.

However, it is unlikely the DPE will want you to perform more in-flight than necessary at this PPL stage.

If you feel your DPE is asking you more than what you learned from your ACS, you can tell him that you did not see such maneuvers or tasks in the ACS.


Get yourself the latest copy of FAR/AIM. Keep it with you on your checkride day. You DPE would not prefer you to have an outdated FAR/AIM.

You can use this book to learn about the latest airport regulations and air traffic control procedures in your area.

On checkride day, the FAR/AIM can help you in many ways.

Before your exam day, go through the book and have an idea of informations on the book. Especially keep note of things your DPE would want to know on your check ride.

If your DPE asks you something that you can’t remember, you will have the chance to check through FAR/AIM and find the exact information.

If you point out the most relevant information on that book and by any chance you forget something about an airport procedure, go to the exact page of the book quickly and find the correct answer.

The check pilot won’t fail if you need to go through the FAR/AIm and find the correct answer instantly.

Checkride Ready.

The checkride ready is a popular online course available by Dauntless Aviation. Taking these courses is optional.

But if you want to go that extra mile to pass your checkride, then you can take this course.

Checkride ready is a course that emphasizes on necessary materials for the checkride.

Most materials in this course are familiar for any pilot who is ready to take their checkride.

Nevertheless, as a pilot, it is always good to learn more.

If you take the course, you will learn new ways to accomplish tasks that will wow your designated pilot examiner.

This course emphasizes on how to do things and tasks to satisfy DPE exactly. Sometimes you may do something right during your checkride, but your DPE is not fully satisfied with how you have performed the task. The checkride ready will train you exact techniques to satisfy your DPE’s expectations.

Likewise, you will see numerous questions and how to answer them in this course.

If you have the chance and money, so spend a little more to buy this course instead of failing your checkride.

Failing your checkride means you have to retake the check ride and spend some more money.

One last tip.

Lastly, I was hoping you could talk to your flight instructor about your DPE.

Each area or flight school has one DPE. So your flight instructor has a perfect idea of what kind of questions a DPE may ask. Your flight instructor is familiar with the airport a DPE prefers to fly to, the questions he asks, and the maneuvers he wants to examine during a checkride.

Typically, each DPE has their way of examining a checkride. They ask the student pilots to do the same tasks and, if not the same, similar tasks.

What does the check pilot prefer, electronic charts or paper charts?

There must be an emergency procedure that a particular DPE often wants student pilots to demonstrate.

Does the DPE wants to know about the aircraft logs?

Knowing about what you may get on your check ride is a pretty good idea of lowering your chances of failing the checkride.

If you know what you may face on your checkride day and prepare beforehand, that will boost your confidence.

Prepare well and go for your checkride with confidence.

Being confident will help you to perform better on your checkride.

If you have already studied adequately and prepare using the books I mentioned, there is nothing to fear.

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