Along with continued flight training, it’s certainly time to begin brushing up on all aspects of the PTS. While the Oral Test Prep Guide
is often cited as the definitive reference the PTS makes reference to 31 different CFRs, Advisory Circulars, FAA publications, AIM, Airport Facility Directory, NOTAMs, your POH and, just in case that wasn’t inclusive there’s always OTHER. All of which you should become familiar with and the contents of which are fair game for your Oral Exam / Checkride.
With the exception of the Advisory Circulars, I’ve already reviewed all or at least a portion of the other material.
Since I missed two weather related questions on my FAA Knowledge Exam I decided to look at AC 00-45G Aviation Weather Services first. While AC 00-6 Aviation Weather last updated in 1975!!! speaks to weather itself, AC 00-45G, assuming you already understand weather, advises on the myriad “official” weather products.
If you put a chart in front of me, I could interpret it. If you asked me questions about when it is issued and how long it was valid for….blank stare. Not sure why.
AC 00-45G has it all in there, albeit across 405 pages.
So, as part of the learning I tried to piece together the major ones.
METARS: Every hour. My experience has them coming out around 4-6 minutes before the top of the hour.
AIRMETS: are routinely issued for six hour periods beginning at 0145Z during Central Daylight Time and at 0245Z during Central Standard Time. AIRMETS are also amended as necessary due to changing weather conditions or issuance/cancellation of a SIGMET.
For the rest, I created a file. Hopefully it’s useful and I’ll study my own work.
I’m on on the hunt for all the checkride related hints, tips, advice, experiences available.