February 2017 Issue

Revising Slow Flight

The FAA’s new checkride guidance wants private pilot applicants to demonstrate slow flight at speeds slightly faster than before. Is this really a good idea?

By now, U.S.-based flight instructors and training organizations should be fully up to speed on last year’s formal implementation of the airman certification standards (ACS), which is designed to eventually replace all practical test standards (PTS). For now, only the private pilot and airplane instrument rating checkrides employ the ACS, but more are coming. The new standards went into effect June 15, 2016—if you’re in the primary training environment and don’t know about the ACS, you haven’t been paying attention.

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