Commercial Flight Maneuvers


The Gleim Commercial Pilot Flight Maneuvers and Practical Test Prep book illustrates and provides step-by-step instructions for all flight maneuvers required for the Commercial Pilot certificate. This book also contains the Practical Test Standards and Oral Exam Guide.


The Gleim Commercial Pilot Flight Maneuvers and Practical Test Prep book is designed to simplify and facilitate your flight training. Through discussions and detailed illustrations, this book teaches you each flight maneuver or other subject area task (such as preflight preparation) prior to your flight lesson. Thus, you will be thoroughly prepared to spend more quality time in the airplane. This book will make your flight training easier to understand and is a must for study prior to your FAA practical test.

Three books in one!

  1. Fully illustrated and detailed flight maneuvers based on the FAA test standards
  2. Official Practical Test Standards reprint
  3. Oral Exam Guide containing hundreds of possible questions your evaluator might ask during the practical test


  • Full color illustrations throughout the text
  • Prepare for your oral exam by using the comprehensive, 900+ question Oral Exam Guide, included as an Appendix
  • Learn from others' mistakes by reviewing common errors and how to avoid them
  • Review completion requirements with an exact reprint of FAA Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards (PTS)

Table of Contents

PART I -- General Information

Study Unit 1: The Commercial Certificate 
Study Unit 2: Optimizing Your Flight and Ground Training
Study Unit 3: Your FAA Practical (Flight) Test
Study Unit 4: Special Emphasis Area 
Study Unit 5: Single-Pilot Resource Management (SRM)

PART II -- FAA Practical Test Standards and Flight Maneuvers: Discussed and Explained

Study Unit I: Preflight Preparation 
Study Unit II: Preflight Procedures
Study Unit III: Airport Operations 
Study Unit IV: Takeoffs, Landings, and Go-Arounds
Study Unit V: Performance Maneuvers
Study Unit VI: Ground Reference Maneuver
Study Unit VII: Navigation
Study Unit VIII: Slow Flight and Stalls 
Study Unit IX: Emergency Operations
Study Unit X: High-Altitude Operations
Study Unit XI: Postflight Procedures 

APPENDIX A: FAA Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards Reprinted 
APPENDIX B: Complex and High-Performance Airplanes
APPENDIX C: Fast-Track Commercial Pilot Training Syllabus
APPENDIX D: Oral Exam Guide 

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Irvin N. Gleim, Garrett W. Gleim