For Helicopter and Powered Lift applicants only. Instrument Rating Airplane applicants should use the Airman Certification Standard, ACS-8.
The Practical Test Standards are a guide for students, instructors, and FAA-designated examiners to know what is expected of pilots during a checkride.
ASA reprints the most current FAA Practical Test Standards in this series of handy cockpit-sized guides. This is the reprint of FAA-S-8081-4E, Instrument Rating for Helicopter & Powered Lift.
Every PTS is written by the FAA and details the type and levels of skill and knowledge that must be demonstrated before an examiner can issue a certificate or rating to an applicant, and lists the appropriate background study and reference materials.