Private Pilot Airman Certification Standards
The Private Pilot ACS replaces the Private Pilot Practical Test Standards, which should no longer be used. The ACS framework provides a single-source explanation of standards for both the knowledge test and the practical test. It also enables the FAA to keep standards aligned with guidance (handbooks) and knowledge test questions. Built on the Practical Test Standards (PTS), the ACS adds the aeronautical knowledge and risk management elements needed to support each PTS Task. The ACS provides a clear, easy-to-use plan for the material the FAA expects an applicant to know (knowledge), consider (risk management), and do (skill) to qualify for the Private Pilot rating.