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Table of Contents Introduction ................................................................................................................................................................. 1 Airman Certification Standards Concept ................................................................................................................. 1 Using the ACS ......................................................................................................................................................... 1 Airplane – Single-Engine Land and Sea and Multiengine Land and Sea Areas of Operation I. Preflight Preparation ............................................................................................................................................ 4 Task A. Pilot Qualifications .................................................................................................................................. 4 Task B. Airworthiness Requirements ................................................................................................................... 5 Task C. Weather Information ............................................................................................................................... 6 Task D. Cross-Country Flight Planning ................................................................................................................ 8 Task E. National Airspace System ..................................................................................................................... 10 Task F. Performance and Limitations ................................................................................................................ 11 Task G. Operation of Systems ........................................................................................................................... 12 Task H. Human Factors ..................................................................................................................................... 13 Task I. Water and Seaplane Characteristics, Seaplane Bases, Maritime Rules, and Aids to Marine Navigation (ASES, AMES) ..................................................................................................................... 14 Task J. Principles of Flight – Engine Inoperative (AMEL, AMES) ..................................................................... 15 II. Preflight Procedures ........................................................................................................................................... 16 Task A. Preflight Assessment ............................................................................................................................ 16 Task B. Cockpit Management ............................................................................................................................ 17 Task C. Engine Starting ..................................................................................................................................... 18 Task D. Taxiing (ASEL, AMEL) .......................................................................................................................... 19 Task E. Taxiing and Sailing (ASES, AMES) ...................................................................................................... 20 Task F. Before Takeoff Check ........................................................................................................................... 22 III. Airport and Seaplane Base Operations ............................................................................................................. 23 Task A. Communications and Light Gun Signals .............................................................................................. 23 Task B. Traffic Patterns ...................................................................................................................................... 24 IV. Takeoffs, Landing and Go-Arounds ................................................................................................................... 25 Task A. Normal Takeoff and Climb .................................................................................................................... 25 Task B. Normal Approach and Landing ............................................................................................................. 27 Task C. Soft-Field Takeoff and Climb (ASEL) ................................................................................................... 29 Task D. Soft-Field Approach and Landing (ASEL) ............................................................................................ 31 Task E. Short-Field Takeoff and Maximum Performance Climb (ASEL, AMEL) ............................................... 33 Task F. Short-Field Approach and Landing (ASEL, AMEL) ............................................................................... 35 Task G. Confined Area Takeoff and Maximum Performance Climb (ASES, AMES) ........................................ 37 Task H. Confined Area Approach and Landing (ASES, AMES) ........................................................................ 39 Task I. Glassy-Water Takeoff and Climb (ASES, AMES) .................................................................................. 41 Task J. Glassy-Water Approach and Landing (ASES, AMES) .......................................................................... 42 Task K. Rough-Water Takeoff and Climb (ASES, AMES) ................................................................................. 43 Task L. Rough-Water Approach and Landing (ASES, AMES) .......................................................................... 44 Task M. Forward Slip to a Landing (ASEL, ASES) ............................................................................................ 45 v

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