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


Safety Courses (WINGS) and Advisory Circulars recommended by a CFI

Advisory Circulars


I think it’s very frustrating when study materials do not indicate whether altitude is shown as AGL (Above Ground Level) or MSL (Mean Sea Level). Some things (like cloud ceilings on a METAR) are known/assumed to be AGL and others are the known/assumed to be MSL.

How to know?


I’ll be noting them down for reference as I come across them so I don’t have to keep digging.

are jets on the horizon?

I flew full time professionally for just three years, starting at age 68. Before being hired full time, I had limited contract experience on a Learjet 31 with a local Part 135 outfit in Florida. That flying was intoxicating — my first jet. A first jet can’t be anything but intoxicating. Even in that short time I could see how a full-time career could be challenging, but I wasn’t full time and was able to cherry-pick the good stuff