ASA Oral Exam Guide: Private

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ASA’s Oral Exam Guide Series is an excellent study tool for students and instructors alike. Arranged in a question-and-answer format, this comprehensive guide lists the questions most likely to be asked by examiners and provides succinct, ready responses. Use it when you’re gearing up for the Practical Exam or as a general refresher. FAA references are provided throughout for further study.

This twelfth edition of the Private Pilot Oral Exam Guide by Michael D. Hayes has been updated to remain in alignment with the Airman Certification Standards (ACS), with new information added or expanded on these subjects: BasicMed, aircraft maintenance (including Airworthiness Directives, Time Before Overhaul and Airworthiness), weather services (Graphical Forecast for Aviation or GFA, G-AIRMET, freezing levels), aircraft performance and weight and balance, and new technologies including ADS-B, TIS-B, SATR. Regulatory information has been updated to include SFARs, ICAO flight plans and night definition. Includes a Risk Assessment matrix and Flight Risk Assessment Tool (FRAT).

This guide also includes a chapter dedicated to scenario-based questions, by contributing author Arlynn McMahon. Student responses to these "open-ended" questions demonstrate an understanding of the big picture and convey the practical application of what is important and why.

The Private Pilot Oral Exam Guide is the comprehensive guide to prepare you for the FAA checkride.


  • Edition: Twelfth
  • Page Count: 288
  • ISBN Number: 978-1-64425-015-0
  • Dimensions: 5.25 x 8.25 inches
  • Copyright: © 1992-2022 Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • Date Published: 2020
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  • For Mike Hayes, flying started when he was 16 years old, and he has been flying for more than 40 years. He obtained his private pilot certificate in 1972 and acquired additional certificates and ratings in 1987. His aviation experience includes flight time in over 30 different types of aircraft, and the majority of instruction he has given has been in various models of Cessna, Piper, Mooney, Grumman, and Bellanca aircraft. He has been a flight instructor since 1988, instructing both full- and part-time for several large flight schools in Texas. Besides teaching, Mike has also worked as a corporate pilot and as a senior flight operations agent for a large regional airline. Prior to becoming involved in flight training, he worked for over 10 years in the telecommunications and information technology industry with extensive travel throughout the U.S.

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February 22, 2023

Basic essential for new pilots, we make sure they are supplied with sturdy and dependable essentials for training on their way to aviation goals!

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September 13, 2022

Well written. Like the question and answer format.

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February 27, 2022

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Roger H
December 26, 2019

I still have several months to start my testing, this guide book is giving me an edge on my up coming investment. thank you

Altavilla A
August 24, 2019

I had taken my written test three months before my check ride and was a little rusty...A complete review of this study guide was perfect..Everything the DPE asked during the oral was in this study guide I passed the check ride first try..Highly recommend.

David K
March 31, 2019

I bought this to help guide me in evaluating student pilots prep for their practical exam. It is an excellent book as is all material I have used from ASA. Previously I used their CFI oral exam guide when I was preparing for my CFI practical. I studied it so much the pages literally were falling out. At the conclusion of the oral exam the examiner stated it was the best CFI oral exam performance he had ever witnessed. There really isnt anything in the book that the FAA doesnt expect to be covered.

January 15, 2019


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