Just took my private oral yesterday, although it was a long oral time wise about half of it was the examiner telling me flying stories and us talking about different aviation issues. As far as the actual oral questioning my examiner mainly concentrated on the cross-country flight plan with quite a few questions about weight and balance as well as stability. Most of the questions where more situational rather then just straight facts. I ended up not using any other resources other then the sectional and my flight plan. However from what other instructors have told me it really depends on the examiner as each one as there own subject areas that they like to focus on.
Exactly... go down the examiner's checklist and know all of that stuff on the list, cross checking with the oral exam guide... it does depend on the examiner, but, definately know your particular airplane's systems. And you will probably explain your cross country in detail.
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And the examiner is not allowed to ask any questions that aren't in the ASA guide. If he does or asks you to elaborate beyond the answer you've memorized, just say "I don't have to answer that."
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Know your ASA guide though, because you could look like a total arse if you say that for the wrong question LOL.
In all seriousness, the ASA guide provide some good stuff. I used them for all aspects of my training and they give excellent answers and overviews to the questions you may be asked however are useless for any questions that have theory behind the explanation. Those things you need to read up on and learn on your own.
The ASA book only helps you prepare for possible questions on the oral, it does not limit or give any indication of what will actually be asked. It's still a great book and if you know it, you probably know 99% of the questions - but you should also run through the actual PTS at least once.