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8 Private Pilot Acronyms You Must Know

Updated: Dec 13, 2020

Whether you have your PPL or you're preparing for your checkride, you need to know these acronyms.



AV1ATE (Airworthiness)

  • A - Annual Check (12 Calender Months)

  • V - VORs (30 Calendar Days)

  • 1 - 100 Hour Check (100 Hours)

  • A - Altimeter / Pitot Static (24 Calender Months)

  • T - Transponder (24 Calender Months)

  • E - Emergency Location Transmitter (12 Calendar Months or 1/2 Battery or 1 Hour of Cumulative Use)

ARROW (Required Documents)

  • A - Airworthiness Certificate

  • R - Radio Station License

  • R - Registration Certificate

  • O - Operation Limitations

  • W - Weight and Balance


SAFETY (Passenger Briefing)

  • S - Seat Belts

  • A - Air Ventilation

  • F - Fire Extinguisher

  • E - Emergency Procedure

  • T - Traffic

  • Y - "Your Questions"


NW KRAFT (Pre-Flight)

  • N - NOTAMSs

  • W - Weather

  • K - Known ATC Delays

  • R - Runway Lengths

  • A - Alternate

  • F - Fuel

  • T - Takeoff and Landing Distances


A TOMATO FLAMES (Equipment for VFR day)

  • A - Altimeter

  • T - Tachometer

  • O - Oil Pressure Gauge

  • M - Magnetic Compass

  • A - Airspeed Indicator

  • T - Temperature Gauge

  • O - Oil Temperature Gauge

  • E - Emergency Location Transmitter

FLAPS (Equipment for VFR night)

  • F - Fuel Gauge

  • L - Landing Gear Indicator

  • A - Anti Collision Lights

  • M - Manifold Pressure Gauge

  • E - Emergency Equipment

  • S - Seat Belts


PAVE (Risk Management)

  • P - Pilot

  • A - Aircraft

  • V - Environment

  • E - External Pressures


IM SAFE (Risk Management)

  • I - Illness

  • M - Medication

  • S - Stress

  • A - Alcohol

  • F - Fatigue

  • E - Emotions/Eating

BFR

  • B - Biennial

  • F - Flight

  • R - Review


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