Updated to the most recent practical test standards from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), this handbook for students, instructors, and designated examiners who take part in checkrides for private pilot certification for single-engine planes includes lists of subjects covered in the knowledge and skill requirements portions of the test. Topics include weather pattern recognition, physiological conditions, flight planning exercises, takeoff and landing techniques, checklist usage, flight controls, and crew resource management. The book provides background information and reference materials for license candidates to review, such as the proper altitude, airspeed, headings, and banks used for each particular maneuver. An introductory section details preparations for taking exams and basic instructions for giving an exam. Effective June 2012, the up-to-date guidelines and rules in this book reflect the changing standards of the FAA. This edition includes the FAA's Change 1, 2, and 3 issued after the original release in February.