FAA Airman Certification Standards
and Practical Test Standards Information
When you take a Checkride (Practical Test) for a new Pilot Certificate or Rating, your examiner does not randomly select the tasks you are asked to perform. They are clearly defined in the appropriate FAA standards book. The Airman Certification Standards (ACS) and the Practical Test Standards (PTS) are an agreement between you, your examiner and the FAA on exactly what you can be tested on and the criteria the examiner will use to determine if you meet the standard. You will find below the current PTS and ACS information for the most common Certificates and Ratings.
As of June 15, 2016, the ACS replaced PTS for both the Private Pilot Airplane Certificate and the Instrument Rating Airplane.
King Schools Recommended ACS Information
The New King ACS Course Is Now Available - Martha King's Blog Post about the new release of (ACS) version of Private Pilot Practical Test (Oral Exam & Flight Test)
The ACS is Here - Richard Martindell, King Schools Vice President, Course Content and Experience posts his thoughts on the ACS. on his "Wild Blue Yonder" Blog
New ACS Standards - Effective June 15, 2016
Private Pilot Airman Certification Standards (ACS)
Instrument Rating Airman Certification Standards (ACS)
ACS Resources - FAA information regarding the ACS
(ACS) FAA Frequently Asked Questions for Applicants, Instructors, and Evaluators
(ACS) FAA Brief
(ACS) FAA Brochure
(ACS) FAA Tips for Evaluators
FAA Wings Course on ACS - Understanding Airman Certification Standards (ACS)
PTS Standards - The FAA will be replacing the PTS with the ACS at a future date.
Private Pilot Rotorcraft (Helicopter, Gyroplane) Practical Test Standards
Instrument Rating Practical Test Standards for Helicopter
Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards
Flight Instructor Practical Test Standards
Flight Engineer Practical Test Standards
Airline Transport Pilot Practical Test Standards
Aircraft Dispatcher Practical Test Standards