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Instrument Pilot Oral Exam Guide & ACS


All aspiring Instrument Pilots should have a copy of the Airman Certification Standards and an Oral Exam Guide to prepare for the assortment of oral exam questions they may face during their practical test. Unlike most publishers, Gleim combines the Airman Certification Standards (ACS) and the Oral Exam Guide into one convenient, easy-to-use book.

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The ACS portion is a direct reprint of the most current version of the FAA Instrument Pilot Airman Certification Standards at the time of print. It is followed by a reprint of the Flight Instructor–Instrument Practical Test Standards.

The Oral Exam Guide contains over 650 questions and is easily navigated via the detailed Table of Contents and the comprehensive index. The depth and breadth of these questions will give you a significant advantage as you prepare for your test.


  • Specific content is included for instrument-airplane students and Flight Instructor-Instrument applicants
  • ACS/PTS and Oral Exam Guide are included in one easy-to-use book
  • Oral Exam Guide contains over 650 questions
  • Oral Exam Guide’s table of contents cross-references each question to the appropriate ACS/PTS Area of Operation to make studying more efficient

The Gleim Instrument Pilot ACS and Oral Exam Guide is a thoroughly researched tool that supports the entire Gleim system of oral and practical test preparation. You can count on Gleim to help you achieve your aviation dreams.

Table of Contents

Aircraft Information

FAA Instrument Rating Oral Exam Guide
Part I: Single-Pilot Resource Management (SRM)
Aeronautical Decision Making
Risk Management
Task Management
Situational Awareness
Controlled Flight into Terrain Awareness
Automation Management
Part II: Airman Certification Standards (ACS) Tasks
Preflight Preparation
Preflight Procedures
Air Traffic Control Clearances and Procedures
Flight by Reference to Instruments
Navigation Systems
Instrument Approach Procedures
Emergency Operations
Postflight Procedures

FAA Flight Instructor–Instrument Oral Exam Guide*
Fundamentals of Instructing
Technical Subject Areas
Preflight Lesson on a Maneuver to Be Performed in Flight
Flight by Reference to Instruments

FAA Instrument Rating Airman Certification Standards

FAA Flight Instructor–Instrument Practical Test Standards
Addition of an Instrument Instructor Rating to a Flight Instructor Certificate
Renewal or Reinstatement of a Flight Instructor
Applicant’s Practical Test Checklist
Examiner’s Practical Test Checklist
Areas of Operation

Appendix A: Sources
Appendix B: Abbreviations and Acronyms

Book Updates

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Irvin N. Gleim, Garrett W. Gleim