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Sport Pilot & CFI Applicant Checkride Book

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New Fourth Edition!

A complete prep for Sport Pilot and Sport Instructor checkride for LSA; plus Flight Review!

Ace the Sport Pilot Checkride!

Sport Pilot Checkride: a guide to passing the FAA Practical Flight & Oral Exam provides complete preparation for the checkride — the last step in obtaining a Sport Pilot or Sport Instructor certificate to fly (or teach in) light-sport aircraft (airplanes, weight-shift control, or powered parachute). Author Paul Hamilton explains what you need to do to get to the checkride, including experience, required training, and instructor endorsements. Concise flow charts help you stay on track to meet your pilot goals.

Now includes expanded information on the Sport Pilot Instructor checkride and a guide for Sport Pilot Instructors performing proficiency checks. Also includes a new section on the Flight Review, which provides a study guide for both pilot and the instructor issuing the Flight Review.

The FAA checkride, or practical test, has two aspects: the oral questioning section, and a flight check. The answers to typical checkride questions listed in this book help you get prepared for test-time when you'll be under the examiner's scrutiny. This book gives you the information you need to know by providing helpful tips for the following:

  • Questions most likely to be asked during the oral exam supported with succinct, easy-to-follow responses
  • Practical checklists and techniques to use when demonstrating your skill as a pilot, referencing the Area of Operations and Tasks detailed in the FAA's Practical Test Standards
  • Preparing to become sport pilot instructors

Softcover, new index included, 8.5" x 10.25", 296 pages.

Also available: Sport Pilot Checkride DVD a video by Paul Hamilton. When book and DVD are used together, pilots will find these products indispensable tools for preparing for the Sport Pilot Checkride. Buy them together for savings and convenience in the kit, Sport Pilot Checkride DVD & Book Combo.


Paul's Recommendation

Paul Hamilton, CFI, DPE




Paul Hamilton
Filmmaker, Flight Instructor, Author


For all pilots preparing for a checkride in a Light-Sport Aircraft. Aircraft categories include airplane, weight-shift control (trike), and powered parachute. Additionally, Section 3 is for the Certified Flight Instructor applicant getting ready for the CFI checkride and Section 4 is for all pilots preparing for their flight review.


The FAA Practical Test Standards (PTS) includes all of the FAA required questions and the Sport Pilot Checkride book includes all of the answers to the questions in the FAA PTS pertaining to the checkride.

This guide follows the FAA Practical Test Standards (PTS) exactly, providing all the questions and answers organized in order by section and task. This is what is known as the Oral Exam guide. Additionally, it has the flight portion of the checkride with tips and checklists to make sure you do not miss anything.


Sport Pilot applicants...you should watch this before your checkride. Certified Flight Instructors, you should watch this before performing your first proficiency check.


You can carry this book with you anywhere and study at your convenience.


This book has the answers! How easy is that?

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  1. Definitely read before your check ride! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th May 2020

    This is a thorough and well organized study guide for the sport pilot check ride. It contains all the information required for the Sport Pilot practical test in one book. The author provides convenient references to source material. I highly recommend reading before your check ride.

  2. Jam packed with the information I was looking for. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Jan 2013

    Still studying the book. But so far I have found it very organized and well laid out.