Commercial Written Passed!

Yes, I passed with a 91%!! Many questions I had not seen during my practice runs so I was anticipating a mid-80s score when I walked out, so I’m pretty happy. I had 9 subject codes on the sheet:

  • A20 Part 61 Certification – can only think of a SIC question but surely I got that right?
  • H912 Aerodynamics Forces Acting on a Plane – can only think this was about ground effect
  • H928 Powerplant – possibly to do with the geometric pitch of the prop
  • H948 Performance Charts – ack, what a waste, they should be easy!
  • H989 Radio Navigation – bet that was an HSI question
  • I22 Atmospheric Pressure – probably a density altitude question, I forgot the formula
  • I31 Common IFR Producers – damn advection fog question grrr
  • I32 High Altitude Weather – jet stream question, I knew where it was but not if it was weaker or stronger
  • J29 Potential Flight Hazards

All my pre-reqs are complete save for the most important one – flying to PTS standards.

Commercial Written Update

I’m still doing my near-daily practice tests over lunch, had a couple of 96% scores and most recently settled in the high 80s so I think I am ready. Just need to find the time to get to the test centre. Things that always stump me, no matter how much I try to remember:

  • location and effect of the jet stream in summer
  • glider towing currency requirements
  • fog types and effects

In some good news, some stock options I had in my previous company are being purchased and are enough to pay off my current car loan, thereby opening up the possibility of a few hours of extra flight time each month.