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Private Pilot Airplane Airmen Certification Standards 6/16

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II. Preflight Procedures Task 10BTask A. Preflight Assessment References FAA-H-8083-2, FAA-H-8083-3, FAA-H-8083-23; POH/AFM; AC 00-6 Objective To determine that the applicant exhibits satisfactory knowledge, risk management, and skills associated with preparing for safe flight accounting for pilot, aircraft, environment, and external factors. Knowledge The applicant demonstrates understanding of: PA.II.A.K1 1. 242BPilot self-assessment. PA.II.A.K2 2. 243BThe process to determine if the aircraft is appropriate for the mission by considering load, range, equipment and aircraft capability. PA.II.A.K3 3. 244BAircraft preflight inspection including: PA.II.A.K3a a. 1558BWhich items must be inspected PA.II.A.K3b b. 1559BThe reasons for checking each item PA.II.A.K3c c. 1560BHow to detect possible defects PA.II.A.K3d d. 1561BThe associated regulations PA.II.A.K4 4. 245BEnvironmental factors that could affect the flight plan: PA.II.A.K4a a. 1562BTerrain PA.II.A.K4b b. 1563BRoute selection PA.II.A.K4c c. 1564BObstruction PA.II.A.K4d d. 1565BWeather PA.II.A.K5 5. 246BExternal pressures. PA.II.A.K6 6. 247BSeasonal weather phenomena. Risk Management The applicant demonstrates the ability to identify, assess and mitigate risks, encompassing: PA.II.A.R1 1. 248BEnvironmental factors. PA.II.A.R2 2. 249BExternal pressures. PA.II.A.R3 3. 250BPilot-related factors. PA.II.A.R4 4. 251BAircraft-related factors. PA.II.A.R5 5. 252BAviation security concerns. PA.II.A.R6 6. 253BSeasonal weather patterns. Skills The applicant demonstrates the ability to: PA.II.A.S1 1. 254BMake proper use of the checklists, and systematically identify and manage pilot-related risks and personal minimums associated with the flight. PA.II.A.S2 2. 255BInspect the airplane with reference to an appropriate checklist, explaining which items must be inspected, the reasons for checking each item, and how to detect possible defects. PA.II.A.S3 3. 256BVerify the airplane is airworthy and in condition for safe flight. PA.II.A.S4 4. 257BAssess the factors related to the environment (e.g. terrain, route selection, obstruction, weather). PA.II.A.S5 5. 258BGiven the requirements of the flight the applicant uses the appropriate charts, tables, and graphs to determine performance. PA.II.A.S6 6. 259BIdentify seasonal weather phenomena. 16

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