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Just started studying for the FAA Private Pilot test and wanted to have a place to store and share my notes, hence, this blog.

I was able to borrow the Jeppesen Private Pilot FAA airmen knowledge Test Guide (ISBN 0-88487-417-6, 2006 edition which is slightly different from the ISBN in the link) from our library. This is perhaps not the best way to study without being more familiar with the material. I’m starting out with near zero subject matter knowledge. For example, in Chapter 1, Section A of the test guide, Discovering Aviation, there are three paragraphs:

  1. Pilot Training
  2. The History of Flight
  3. The Training Process

Following that, there are four questions regarding the category and class of both airmen and aircraft. While the questions have the answers, references and reasons why the answers are correct, there is no mention of the topics of categories or classes of airmen or aircraft. Clearly, the test guide is not meant to be a training guide.

Much more study and notes to come. I’m focusing on the FAA test first and the memorization it requires so I can move on to ground school and air time. Found this post from Alan Feller on youtube which explains why:

How I scored a 97% on the FAA Private Pilot Exam on my first try

FAR by-the-numbers

18,000 ft

15,000 ft

12,500 ft

10,000 ft

250 knots

30 min:

30 days:

24 months:

180 days:

1000′, 3 miles

10 days

when (if) requested:

time-to-destination +30 minutes

time-to-destination +45 minutes

200HP

5 minutes after the hour

30NM

Phonetic Alphabet & Numbers

Alpha 1 wun
Bravo 2 too
Charlie 3 tree (or thr-ree)
Delta 4 fower
Echo 5 fife
Foxtrot 6 six
Golf 7 seven
Hotel 8 ate
India 9 niner
Juliet 0 zero
Kilo
Lima
Mike
November
Oscar
Papa
Quebec
Romeo
Sierra
Tango
Uniform
Victor
Whiskey
Xray
Yankee
Zulu

Test Question Categories

Aerodynamics

Aircraft Performance

Airspace and Weather Minimums

Communications and Radar Services

Cross-Country Planning

Electronic Navigation

Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR)

Flight Instruments

Flight Operations

Weather

Sectional Charts

Weight and Balance

FAR Flight Schools

Part 61

  • Formal ground school is not required
  • Syllabus not required 

Part 141

Structured training following a syllabus 

Certification Classes (Aircraft & Pilot)

Aircraft

  1. Airplane
  2. Rotorcraft
  3. Glider
  4. Balloon
  5. Landplane
  6. Seaplane

Pilot

Airplane

  1. Single-Engine Land
  2. Single-Engine Sea
  3. Multi-Engine Land
  4. Multi-Engine Sea

Rotorcraft

  1. Helicopter
  2. Gyroplane

Glider (no classes)

Lighter-than-Air

  1. Airship
  2. Balloon