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Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
Introduction To Flying

Chapter 1 Summary

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Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge



Table of Contents

Chapter 1, Introduction To Flying
Chapter 2, Aircraft Structure
Chapter 3, Principles of Flight
Chapter 4, Aerodynamics of Flight
Chapter 5, Flight Controls
Chapter 6, Aircraft Systems
Chapter 7, Flight Instruments
Chapter 8, Flight Manuals and Other Documents
Chapter 9, Weight and Balance
Chapter 10, Aircraft Performance
Chapter 11, Weather Theory
Chapter 12, Aviation Weather Services
Chapter 13, Airport Operation
Chapter 14, Airspace
Chapter 15, Navigation
Chapter 16, Aeromedical Factors
Chapter 17, Aeronautical Decision Making




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Appointed in accordance with 14 CFR section 183.23, a DPE
is an individual who meets the qualification requirements
of the Pilot Examiner's Handbook, FAA Order 8710.3, and
• Is technically qualified
• Holds all pertinent category, class, and type ratings
for each aircraft related to their designation.
• Meets requirements of 14 CFR part 61, sections 61.56,
61.57, and 61.58, as appropriate.
• Is current and qualified to act as PIC of each aircraft
for which he or she is authorized.
• Maintains at least a Third-Class Medical Certificate,
if required.
• Maintains a current Flight Instructor Certificate, if

Designated to perform specific pilot certification tasks
on behalf of the FAA, a DPE may charge a reasonable
fee. Generally, a DPE's authority is limited to accepting
applications and conducting practical tests leading to the
issuance of specific pilot certificates and/or ratings. The
majority of FAA practical tests at the private and commercial
pilot levels are administered by DPEs.

DPE candidates must have good industry reputations for
professionalism, integrity, a demonstrated willingness to
serve the public, and adhere to FAA policies and procedures in
certification matters. The FAA expects the DPE to administer
practical tests with the same degree of professionalism,
using the same methods, procedures, and standards as an

Chapter Summary

The FAA has entered the second century of civil aviation as a
robust government organization and is taking full advantage
of technology, such as Global Positioning System (GPS)
satellite technology to enhance the safety of civil aviation.
The Internet has also become an important tool in promoting
aviation safety and providing around-the-clock resources for
the aviation community. Handbooks, regulations, standards,
references, and online courses are now available at the FAA

In keeping with the FAA's belief that safety is a learned
behavior, the FAA offers many courses and seminars to
enhance air safety. The FAA puts the burden of instilling safe
flying habits on the flight instructor, who should follow basic
flight safety practices and procedures in every flight operation
he or she undertakes with a student pilot. Operational safety
practices include, but are not limited to, collision avoidance
procedures consisting of proper scanning techniques, use of
checklists, runway incursion avoidance, positive transfer of
controls, and workload management. These safety practices
will be discussed more fully within this handbook. Safe flight
also depends on Scenario-Based Training (SBT) that teaches
the student pilot how to respond in different flight situations.
The FAA has incorporated these techniques along with
decision-making methods, such as Aeronautical Decision-
Making (ADM), risk management, and Crew Resource
Management (CRM), which are covered more completely
in Chapter 17, Aeronautical Decision-Making.