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I've gotten this question wrong multiple times on practice tests. Sporty's study buddy claims the information is sourced from AIM 7-1, but it's nowhere to be found.

Correct answers included:

  • The intended route of flight and destination
  • Tail number
  • Identify themselves as pilots

What is the actual authoritative language that covers this test question?

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It's in the AIM 5-1-1(f):

When requesting a preflight briefing, identify yourself as a pilot and provide the following:

  1. Type of flight planned; e.g., VFR or IFR.
  2. Aircraft’s number or pilot’s name.
  3. Aircraft type.
  4. Departure Airport.
  5. Route of flight.
  6. Destination.
  7. Flight altitude(s).
  8. ETD and ETE

Personally, I've never given or been asked for the aircraft type (although I have it on my LMFS profile so they should have it), but the other items come up. My typical request is something like this:

This is N12345, I'd like a standard briefing for a VFR flight from KMDQ to KLOU at 5500', ETD at 1600Z, ETE 2h15

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  • $\begingroup$ Note that these are many of the same fields as a in flight plan $\endgroup$ – rbp Nov 22 '15 at 21:18
  • $\begingroup$ @rbp yes, many of the red herring answers confuse flight plan fields with the 'initial ID'. I even answered 'state their total flight time' which is ETE and got it marked wrong in favor of Identifying as a pilot. The only logic I can see to answering this question is to use 5-1-1(f) ranked by order of importance when multiple options exist. $\endgroup$ – Nathan Witt Nov 22 '15 at 21:34
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    $\begingroup$ remember that when you file a flight plan, you will get a standard briefing in return. $\endgroup$ – rbp Nov 22 '15 at 21:59

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