Then, last evening, after spending a gruesome afternoon with the FAA's Risk Management Handbook, I dragged 13N out for some touch-and-goes and to hone my spot landing skills, which also need work. What a refreshing return to reality that was after struggling with aeronautical decision making, attitude management, stress management, hazardous attitudes, human factors, risk assessment and situational awareness. In preparation for an FAA pilot examiner recurrent course next week, I also dipped into the new Airman Certification Standards (ACS), which will be a major topic. You probably know that the ACS will soon replace the Practical Test Standards, which, if you've been around long enough to remember, replaced Flight Test Guides. While they all cover pretty much the same territory, in this newest approach practical tests integrate the usual required tasks with associated knowledge questions — especially those the applicant missed on the written — and emphasize "risk management" awareness and skills.