Flight 25 - Practical Test Prep Flight I


The purpose of this lesson is to prepare the pilot-in-training for the practical test.


Visiting your Alma Mater

Its alumni weekend at Cal Poly, and your family is joining you on this fun filled weekend. You are hoping to get a few hours of free time to visit wine country in Paso Robles, and maybe a round of golf at Pismo Beach. As you plan for the trip, you are concerned about the timing of the arrival of the evening marine layer.  You know there's a chance that you'll depart later than planned, and don't feel good about the combination marginal VFR weather and a dark night arrival.

  • Study these tasks in Jeppesen Private Pilot FAA Practical Test Study Guide
    • Area of Operation 1: Preflight Preparation
      • Task C: Weather Information
      • Task D: Cross-Country Flight Planning
      • Task E: National Airspace System
    • Area of Operation 4: Takeoffs, Landings and Go-Arounds
    • Area of Operation 5: Performance and Ground Reference Maneuvers
    • Area of Operation 6: Navigation
    • Area of Operation 7: Slow Flight and Stalls
    • Area of Operation 9: Emergency Operations
  • Plan a cross-country flight to San Luis Obispo (KSBP)
  • Obtain a standard weather briefing
  • Calculate weight and balance and takeoff and landing performance.
  • Review aircraft maintenance records to determine compliance with inspection requirements.
Learning Objectives
Preflight Discussion
Desired Outcome Task/Knowledge
Perform Weather Information
Perform Cross-Country Flight Planning
Perform National Airspace System
Perform Emergency Equipment and Survival Gear
Perform Preflight Risk Assessment
Desired Outcome Task/Knowledge
Perform Soft-Field Takeoff and Climb
Perform Soft-Field Approach and Landing
Perform Short-Field Takeoff and Maximum Performance Climb
Perform Short-Field Approach and Landing
Perform Forward Slip to a Landing
Perform Go-Around/Rejected Landing
Perform Pilotage and Dead Reckoning
Perform Navigation Systems and Radar Services
Perform Diversion
Perform Lost Procedures
Perform Emergency Descent
Perform Emergency Approach and Landing
Perform Systems and Equipment Malfunctions
Perform Ground Reference Maneuvers
Postflight Briefing
Desired Outcome Task/Knowledge
Perform Critique Performance
Completion Standards
The lesson is complete when the pilot-in-training can:
  • meets the desired outcomes in the learning objectives table.