Pilot Qualifications
Lesson Plan


  • Discuss airspace in training or typical operating area
  • Relate similar personal experiences


  • National airspace system encompasses all of the airspace within the United States


National Airspace System:
Review (quiz):
Case Studies:
Total Ground Time:

Required Materials:

  • Paper, Pen, Marker, Whiteboard

Instructor Actions:

Student Actions:

  • Complete assigned reading (see content above)
  • Ask pertinent questions
  • Make a go/no-go decision, as appropriate

Private Pilot - National Airspace System Airman Certification Standards:

  • Applicants must satisfy the requirements of Section I, Task E by exhibiting satisfactory knowledge, risk management, and skills associated with the National Airspace System (NAS) operating under VFR as a private pilot
  • References: 14 CFR parts 71, 91, 93; FAA-H-8083-2; Navigation Charts; AIM

National Airspace System Knowledge:

The applicant must demonstrate an understanding of:
  • PA.I.E.K1:

    Types of airspace/airspace classes and associated requirements and limitations
  • PA.I.E.K2:

    Charting symbology
  • PA.I.E.K3:

    Special use airspace (SUA), special flight rules areas (SFRA), temporary flight restrictions (TFR), and other airspace areas

National Airspace System Risk Management:

The applicant demonstrates the ability to identify, assess, and mitigate risks, encompassing:
  • PA.I.E.R1:

    Various classes and types of airspace

National Airspace System Skills:

The applicant demonstrates the ability to:
  • PA.I.E.S1:

    Identify and comply with the requirements for basic VFR weather minimums and flying in particular classes of airspace
  • PA.I.E.S2:

    Correctly identify airspace and operate in accordance with associated communication and equipment requirements
  • PA.I.E.S3:

    Identify the requirements for operating in SUA or within a TFR. Identify and comply with SATR and SFRA operations, if applicable



  • Advise students that this lesson will be used as a starting point for the next lesson
  • Assign study materials for the next lesson