We use checklists to fly planes — why not use checklists to figure out how close you are to achieving your license or rating too?
While all of the requirements for the FAA’s certificates and ratings are found in part 61 of the FARs, the raw regulations can be a little hard to parse at times. Plus, it’s cumbersome to pull out your copy of the FAR/AIM if you’re partway through training and trying to figure out how many more “boxes” you need to check off to meet the minimum requirements for your ticket.
So, if you’re training for a private, commercial, or CFI certificate, I hope you’ll find these checklists useful:
- Sport Pilot Requirements Checklist [PDF]
- Private Pilot Requirements Checklist [PDF]
- Commercial Pilot Requirements Checklist [PDF]
- Flight Instructor Requirements Checklist [PDF]
Besides just the minimum aeronautical experience, I’ve also identified the endorsements you’ll need from your CFI to take the checkride. The FAR references are at the bottom of each checklist. As always, be sure to verify things for yourself to be sure that you’re qualified for the certificate you’re pursuing. Regs (and interpretations) do change.
Remember, you’re PIC of your flight training!
If you find these checklists helpful, feel free to share them with others…