Five Mile Final | An Aviation Sandbox

CFI Practical Test Standards: Technical Subject Areas

CFI candidates won't find anything in this Technical Subject Area that's specific to being a CFI, other than having the ability to explain the subject matter to others. The answers to all expected questions during the oral exam are found in the Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, Chapter 5, "Aerodynamics of Flight."

The critical topics include:

  • Airfoil design characteristics.
  • Airplane stability and controllability.
  • Turning tendency (torque effect).
  • Load factors in airplane design.
  • Wingtip vortices and precautions to be taken.

Get a refresher with a CFI before your practical test.

Practical Test Standards: Flight Instructor

II. Technical Subject Areas
Task D: Principles of Flight


  1. Airplane Flying Handbook (FAA-H-8083-3)
  2. Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (FAA-H-8083-25)

Objective: To determine that the applicant exhibits instructional knowledge of the elements of principles of flight by describing:

  1. Airfoil design characteristics.
  2. Airplane stability and controllability.
  3. Turning tendency (torque effect).
  4. Load factors in airplane design.
  5. Wingtip vortices and precautions to be taken.

Flight Instructor Test Questions


Xxxxxxx xxxxxxxx. (00.00)

Oral Exam Questions

  1. xxxxxxxx
  2. xxxxxxxx
  3. xxxxxxxx
  4. xxxxxxxx
  5. xxxxxxxx
  6. xxxxxxxx
  7. xxxxxxxx
  8. xxxxxxxx
  9. xxxxxxxx
  10. xxxxxxxx
  11. xxxxxxxx
  12. xxxxxxxx
  13. xxxxxxxx
  14. xxxxxxxx
  15. xxxxxxxx
  16. xxxxxxxx
  17. xxxxxxxx
  18. xxxxxxxx
  19. xxxxxxxx
  20. xxxxxxxx
  21. xxxxxxxx
  22. xxxxxxxx

Robert Wederquist   CP-ASEL - AGI - IGI
Commercial Pilot • Instrument Pilot
Advanced Ground Instructor • Instrument Ground Instructor

Disclaimer: By accessing this website you agree to indemnify and hold harmless its curator, who combines public-domain material with his own thoughts and opinions about such matters. No warranty as to the timeliness or accuracy of the content found on Five Mile Final dot com is expressed, nor is any implied. All users of this website are encouraged to access FAA-published materials for the most recent and accurate information.