Weak Knowledge Areas - Recreational Pilot Permit – Aeroplane (RPPAE)

This document was produced to inform flight instructors, pilots and student pilots of the weak knowledge areas on written examinations for flight crew licenses and permits.

Exam topics in which a mark below 50% was obtained were considered to be weak knowledge areas.

The analysis is presented where there are sufficient examinations completed to provide useful results.

General Operating and Flight Rules

  • Airspace dimensions, classification and use

Aircraft Engine & Airframes

  • Use of carburettor heat and its effect on mixture

Theory of Flight

  • Stalling angle, level flight, climbing/descending, turns, spins

Navigation - General

  • Return to departure point (reciprocal track)

Radio Navigation

  • Altitude encoding Transponder

Meteorology – Theory

  • Pressure systems and their variations
  • Clouds – Associated precipitations and turbulence
  • Wind – Land and sea breezes
  • Frontal weather – Cold front
  • In-flight freezing rain – Effects, predicting, avoidance

Meteorology – Practical

  • Aviation forecasts – Times issued and validity periods

Aircraft Operations

  • Stalls, incipient spins, spinning

Human Factors

  • Illusion caused by rain on the windscreen and sloping runways
  • Toxic hazards – Carbon monoxide

Glider Pilot Licence – (GLIDE)

Meteorology –Theory

  • Height of cloud bases
  • Inversions
  • Moisture content (Relative humidity and dewpoint)

Theory of Flight

  • Relationship between angle of attack and airspeed

General Operating and Flight Rules

  • Classification of airspace
  • Special use advisory airspace

Aerodromes and Airports

  • Prohibitions

Human Factors

  • Medications / Local anaesthetics

Navigation - General

  • Map projections and their characteristics

Study with confidence - Navigation Essential Knowledge Study Program

This program is the easiest way to learn and pass the Navigation section of the Transport Canada Private Pilot Exam.