flight proficiency maneuvers listed in 14 CFR part 61 are
the standard skill requirements for certification. They
are outlined in the practical test standards (PTS) as “AREAS
OF OPERATION.” These AREAS OF OPERATION are phases
of the practical test arranged in a logical sequence within
the standard. They begin with “Preflight Preparation”
and end with “Post-flight Procedures.”
AREA OF OPERATION contains “TASKS” which are
comprised of knowledge areas, flight procedures, and/or
flight maneuvers appropriate to the AREAS OF OPERATION.
For most pilot certificates, you will be required to demonstrate
knowledge and proficiency in all TASKS.
should obtain a copy of the practical test standard appropriate
to the pilot certificate that you plan to acquire. This
will allow you to know exactly what is expected on the practical