When I took the check ride for my Private Pilot certificate, I sat in a conference room at a little airport in South Carolina with the FAA examiner. Before getting in the plane for my flight test, I had to pass an oral exam.
For about an hour, he got to pick my brain and test me on the various knowledge areas of being a Private Pilot. One exercise he ran me through was to pull out a sectional chart (a paper one - we had no iPads then) and lay it out on the table. He would reach out and drop his finger on a place on the map and ask, "if I were right here at 3000 feet, what kind of airspace would I be in?" I would answer. "Ok, now how about here at the surface." Again I would answer. "And here at 10,000 feet?"
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