Aug 23 2008

Private Pilot FAA Knowledge Test … PASSED!

Category: Lessons,RamblingsDaniel @ 2:28 pm

I finally got around to taking the FAA Private Pilot written knowledge test today and passed it!  With a score of 90%, I think that may qualify as heartily passed it, dare I say, even aced it?!  In any case, I was stressing much more about the exam than necessary, it really wasn’t bad at all.  You get 150 minutes (2.5 hours) to answer 60 multiple choice questions (each with 3 possible choices).  That was way more than enough time as I finished in about 50 minutes (and I took my time).  It’s a computerized testing system, with the ability to ‘mark’ questions and come back if need be.  So, I breezed through the 50 or so questions that I could answer instantly or with little/simple calculations.  The other 10 I came back to and worked about 6 of those with multi-step calculations, the remaining 4 I took confident educated guesses because I simply didn’t feel like working on them much more knowing I had likely passed with plenty of buffer.

I never took an official ground school class, just learning from the Gleim Publications books – the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge to learn the theory and rules, and the Private Pilot FAA Knowledge Test Prep book to prepare for this test.  As I mentioned in my last blog post, learning from books only cost me about $40 (verus $200-$300 for full ground school course).  I would definitely recommend these books, and the Pilot Handbook will be a great reference to check back on when needed in the future.

All that’s left now is about 1 more hour of standard solo practice flight time, and then my practical test!

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Mar 24 2008

Sneaking a Flight Midweek

Category: RamblingsDaniel @ 9:06 pm

So my CFI calls me right before dinner to let me know his “airplane ferrying” gig fell through this week. Bad news for him, great news for me! So, we’re booked to fly tomorrow (Tuesday) after work, I’m psyched! I tell ya, after getting my Medical Certificate today, all I have been thinking about is flying.

I think I’m gonna’ hit the FAA Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge and start reading about navigating. I’ll probably also review the section on stalls since I know we’ll be working on that again. Goodnight!

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