The FAA has issued a new Instrument Practical Test Standard, effective 01/01/2010, that reflects the many changes that have occurred not only in the equipment found in today’s aircraft, but also in the way that we teach aeronautical decision making.Major changes include: 1. The acceptance of an LPV approach as a Precision Approach; 2. Adding the hazards of icing and use of anti-icing and de-icing equipment to the special emphasis areas; 3. Creating a matrix by which an examiner can objectively evaluate SRM (Single Pilot Resource Management); 4. Guidance on the use of flight simulators and FTDs for the practical test; 5. Guidance on evaluating “automation management” during the practical test;

To download the new PTS go to this link:http://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/airmen/test_standards/media/FAA-S-8081-4e.pdf

About the author 

Doug Stewart (Lifetime Member)

MCFI/ DPE, 2004 National CFI OTY. Specializing in instrument training, tailwheel training, and sport pilot training. Currently SAFE Executive Director.

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