New editions of the Airman Certification Standards for
Commercial Pilot Airplane
Private Pilot Airplane
Instrument Rating Airplane
will go into effect June 11, 2018, canceling the previous editions.
The FAA Airman Certification Standards (ACS) document is the guide for students, instructors, and evaluators to understand how to successfully complete their FAA Knowledge Exam and practical test (checkride). The ACS incorporates knowledge and risk management along with the skill elements to each Area of Operation and Task. The result is a comprehensive presentation that defines the standards for what an applicant needs to know, consider, and do in order to pass the FAA tests and earn a certificate or rating.
Applicants preparing for a checkride before June 11 should continue using the current editions of the Private Pilot, Instrument Rating, and Commercial Pilot ACS. Those preparing for a checkride on June 11 or beyond will need to reference the new ACS shown in the table below.
Softcover, 8.25" x 10.75", black and white. Also available as a Baker's Dozen (13 books for the price of 12). Cover returns for unused, unsold copies of ASA-ACS-6A, ASA-ACS-7, and ASA-ACS-8A will be accepted from distributors only through July 31, 2017.