Private Pilot Flight Maneuver

Part No: PPFM

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The Gleim Private Pilot Flight Maneuvers and Practical Test Prep book is designed to simplify and facilitate your flight training. Thorough discussions based on the FAA Airman Certification Standards, and full-color detailed illustrations teach each flight maneuver, area of operation, and other subject area tasks prior to your flight lesson. Thus, you will be thoroughly prepared to spend more quality time in the airplane. This book will make your flight training easier to understand and is a must for study prior to your FAA practical test.

The Gleim Private Pilot Flight Maneuvers and Practical Test Prep book illustrates and provides step-by-step instructions for all flight maneuvers required for the Private Pilot certificate in accordance with the FAA Airman Certification Standards.


  • Thorough discussions explain all knowledge, risk management, and skills items in the FAA Airman Certification Standards.
  • Step-by-step instructions make it easy to learn new maneuvers and procedures.
  • Learn from others' mistakes by reviewing common errors and how to avoid them.

Table of Contents


Part I -- General Certificate Information
Study Unit 1: Optimizing Your Flight and Ground Training
Study Unit 2: Your FAA Practical (Flight) Test

Part II -- Flight Maneuvers and FAA Airman Certification Standards: Discussed and Explained
Section I: Preflight Preparation
Study Unit 3: Pilot Qualifications
Study Unit 4: Airworthiness Requirements
Study Unit 5: Weather Information
Study Unit 6: Cross-Country Flight Planning
Study Unit 7: National Airspace System
Study Unit 8: Performance and Limitations
Study Unit 9: Operation of Systems
Study Unit 10: Human Factors
Section II: Preflight Procedures
Study Unit 11: Preflight Assessment
Study Unit 12: Flight Deck Management
Study Unit 13: Engine Starting
Study Unit 14: Taxiing
Study Unit 15: Before Takeoff Check
Section III: Airport Operations
Study Unit 16: Communications and Light Signals
Study Unit 17: Traffic Patterns
Section IV: Takeoffs, Landings, and Go-Arounds
Study Unit 18: Normal Takeoff and Climb
Study Unit 19: Normal Approach and Landing
Study Unit 20: Soft-Field Takeoff and Climb
Study Unit 21: Soft-Field Approach and Landing
Study Unit 22: Short-Field Takeoff and Maximum Performance Climb
Study Unit 23: Short-Field Approach and Landing
Study Unit 24: Forward Slip to a Landing
Study Unit 25: Go-Around/Rejected Landing
Section V: Performance and Ground Reference Maneuvers
Study Unit 26: Steep Turns
Study Unit 27: Ground Reference Maneuvers
Section VI: Navigation
Study Unit 28: Pilotage and Dead Reckoning
Study Unit 29: Navigation Systems and Radar Services
Study Unit 30: Diversion
Study Unit 31: Lost Procedures
Section VII: Slow Flight and Stalls
Study Unit 32: Maneuvering During Slow Flight
Study Unit 33: Power-Off Stalls
Study Unit 34: Power-On Stalls
Study Unit 35: Spin Awareness
Section VIII: Basic Instrument Maneuvers
Study Unit 36: Straight-and-Level Flight
Study Unit 37: Constant Airspeed Climbs
Study Unit 38: Constant Airspeed Descents
Study Unit 39: Turns to Headings
Study Unit 40: Recovery from Unusual Flight Attitudes
Study Unit 41: Radio Communications, Navigation Systems/Facilities, and Radar Services
Section IX: Emergency Operations
Study Unit 42: Emergency Descent
Study Unit 43: Emergency Approach and Landing (Simulated)
Study Unit 44: Systems and Equipment Malfunction
Study Unit 45: Emergency Equipment and Survival Gear
Section XI: Night Operations
Study Unit 46: Night Preparation
Section XII: Postflight Procedures
Study Unit 47: After Landing, Parking, and Securing

Appendix A: Your Pilot’s Operating Handbook/Airplane Flight Manual
Appendix B: Risk Management Overview
Appendix C: Basic Flight Maneuvers

Abbreviations and Acronyms

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