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An FAA published list of standards which must be met for the issuance of a particular pilot certificate or rating. FAA inspectors and designated pilot examiners use these standards when conducting pilot practical tests and flight instructors should use the PTS while preparing applicants for practical tests.
source: FAA Aviation Instructor's Handbook (FAA-H-8083-9A)
Book containing areas of knowledge and skill that a person must demonstrate competency in for the issuance of pilot certificates or ratings.
source: FAA Balloon Flying Handbook (FAA-H-8083-11)
Practical Test Standards (PTS): An FAA published document of standards that must be met for the issuance of a particular pilot certificate or rating. FAA inspectors and designated pilot examiners use these standards when conducting pilot practical tests, and flight instructors use the PTS while preparing applicants for practical tests. Preflight inspection. Aircraft inspection conducted to determine if an aircraft is mechanically and legally airworthy.
source: FAA Weight Shift Control Handbook (FAA-H-8083-5)
The flight proficiency maneuvers listed in 14 CFR part 61 are the standard skill requirements for certification. They are outlined in the practical test standards (PTSs) as “AREAS OF OPERATION.” These AREAS OF OPERATION are phases of the practical test arranged in a logical sequence within the standard. They begin with “Preflight Preparation” and end with “Postflight Procedures.” Roman numerals preceding each AREA OF OPERATION relate to the corresponding AREAS OF OPERATION contained in the regulation.

Each AREA OF OPERATION contains “TASKs,” which are comprised of knowledge areas, flight procedures, and/or flight maneuvers appropriate to the AREA OF OPERATION. You are required to demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in ALL TASKs for the original-issuance of all pilot certificates.

You should obtain a copy of the practical test standard appropriate to the pilot certificate that you plan to acquire. This will enable you to know exactly what is expected on the practical test. Practical test standards can be obtained from the Regulatory Support Division’s web site.

source: Wikitionary / Wikipedia and Related Sources (Edited)

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