Rotor Tip #2 What Should I Have My Helicopter Student Study?

Apr 09, 2023

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     Our next rotor tip is know the PTS book inside and out. There are no secrets with this one. The FAA publishes exactly what the applicant should be studying for and what to expect on the check ride. One of my personal pet peeves is when a flight instructor calls me maybe the day before the check ride and will say something like this. "Hey, my student wants to know what areas of operation that he or she should be studying for for tomorrow's check ride."


     My response is the same every time. It's very simple. Whatever is in the PTS works well for everyone. Additionally, whatever questions that the applicant has missed on the knowledge test will be incorporated into the oral questioning. Now say for example, that the applicant may be missed three questions regarding airspace. There really is a high probability that during the oral questioning portion of the test that we are going to talk about airspace.

     What do they need to study for? You don't need to call me and ask. Just make sure that they are aware of the Practical test guide. It's all fair game. What's ever in there is fair game. Now again, we can't ask everything that's in that book because it would take a couple of days to go through it, but there are no surprises. What's ever in the PTS will likely, or areas of it, will show up on the Practical test.

Randy Sharkey

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Mr. Houser:

     Yeah, I'm just sitting here. I'm all anxious about the check ride tomorrow. Hey, I was thinking, what am I supposed to study exactly? I don't... I don't... There's so much stuff that we covered, I just didn't know what to look at. PTS, what do you... post-Traumatic something or other? Oh, the Practical test standards. Yeah, I think I got that book. It's a small little book that you... That's the test? Oh yeah, okay. I think I got it. I'll open it up and see. Does it talk about... It covers systems for aircraft and weather and..? All right, what should I wear? Should I... Because I just want to be comfortable. I'm going to be all nervous anyway. I heard that examiner's a real stickler. Yeah, he only passes one out of a hundred or something. All right, cover the Practical test standards and just review systems of the aircraft and weight and balance and all that, right? All right. All right. Practical test standards. I got it. Got it. That's the exam. All right, got it. All right, I appreciate it. Thanks.

Randy Sharkey:




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