A Good Pilot is Always Learning

PTS CFI CFII (2) (2)

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15 FAA-S-8081-6D Letter of Discontinuance When a practical test is discontinued for reasons other than unsatisfactory performance (e.g., equipment failure, weather, or illness), FAA Form 8700-1, Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application, and, if applicable, the Airman Knowledge Test Report, is to be returned to the applicant. The examiner, at that time, is to prepare, sign, and issue a Letter of Discontinuance to the applicant. The Letter of Discontinuance should identify the Areas of Operation and their associated Tasks of the practical test that were successfully completed. The applicant should be advised that the Letter of Discontinuance must be presented to the examiner when the practical test is resumed and made part of the certification file. Aeronautical Decision Making and Risk Management Throughout the practical test, the examiner will evaluate the applicant's ability to use good aeronautical decision making procedures in order to identify risks. The examiner will accomplish this requirement by developing scenarios that incorporate as many Tasks as possible to evaluate the applicants risk management in making safe aeronautical decisions. For example, the examiner may develop a scenario that incorporates weather decisions and performance planning, and distractions that may result in a loss of runway/taxiway situational awareness (e.g. ATC communications congestion, accomplishing checklist procedures, talking with passengers, cell phone/texting during taxiing, etc). The applicant's ability to utilize all the assets available in making a risk analysis to determine the safest course of action is essential for satisfactory performance. The scenarios should be realistic and within the capabilities of the aircraft used for the practical test. Single-Pilot Resource Management Single-Pilot Resource Management refers to the effective use of all available resources: human resources, hardware, and information. It is similar to Crew Resource Management (CRM) procedures that are being emphasized in multi-crewmember operations except that only one crewmember (the pilot) is involved. Human resources "…includes all other groups routinely working with the pilot who are involved in decisions that are required to operate a flight safely. These groups include, but are not limited to dispatchers, weather briefers, maintenance personnel, and air traffic controllers." Pilot Resource Management is not a single Task; it is a set of skill competencies that must be evident in all Tasks in this practical test standard as applied to single-pilot operation.

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