What you need to know about the PPL written exam ?
Attaining the status of a commercial pilot is a milestone. As a commercial pilot, you will be able to fly for compensation or hire. This could include flying people, cargo, or in a variety of other capacities. Many commercial pilots pursue careers as flight instructors, charter pilots, and/or with the airlines.
As the regulation says in the §61.103 (d) you will need to:
Pass the required knowledge test on the aeronautical knowledge areas listed in §61.105 of this part
61.105 : Aeronautical knowledge
- (a) General. A person who applies for a commercial pilot certificate must receive and log ground training from an authorized instructor, or complete a home-study course, on the aeronautical knowledge areas of paragraph (b) of this section that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought.
- (b) Aeronautical knowledge areas.
- Applicable Federal Aviation Regulations of this chapter that relate to private pilot privileges, limitations, and flight operations;
- Accident reporting requirements of the National Transportation Safety Board;
- Use of the applicable portions of the “Aeronautical Information Manual” and FAA advisory circulars;
- Use of aeronautical charts for VFR navigation using pilotage, dead reckoning, and navigation systems;
- Radio communication procedures;
- Recognition of critical weather situations from the ground and in flight, windshear avoidance, and the procurement and use of aeronautical weather reports and forecasts;
- Safe and efficient operation of aircraft, including collision avoidance, and recognition and avoidance of wake turbulence;
- Effects of density altitude on takeoff and climb performance;
- Weight and balance computations;
- Principles of aerodynamics, powerplants, and aircraft systems;
- Stall awareness, spin entry, spins, and spin recovery techniques for the airplane and glider category ratings;
- Aeronautical decision making and judgment; and
- Preflight action that includes—
- How to obtain information on runway lengths at airports of intended use, data on takeoff and landing distances, weather reports and forecasts, and fuel requirements; and
- How to plan for alternatives if the planned flight cannot be completed or delays are encountered.
To pass the written exam you will need to receive an endorsement from a CFI.
Most of the flight school / instructor will ask you to do 2 tests with a score more than 85% before to give you the endorsement.
All FAA written tests are multiple choice questionnaires and are entirely computerized.
The D-day you will have 3 hours for 100 questions and a minimum score of 70%.
Depending of the center you will do the test you will be able to bring all the stuff you need including a non-programmable calculator.
How to train ?
Where to take the exam ?
• I dont need to tell you than you can do it in the USA in a approuved center.
Please find the list on the pdf.
Expect between $100 and $150 and there are usually no delay there… (if you fail the test, you can do it again 1h later)
• You also can do it in Flight Safety at Paris Le Bourget
The FAA test center is only open the WEDNESDAYS FROM 13:00 TO 17:00 and the THURSDAYS FROM 9.30 TO 17.30. You can expect a delay of 3 months and the fees are 210 €
Maud Duboscq – DOS Assistant – FAA/TSA Administrator
FlightSafety International • Paris-Le Bourget Learning Center • Zone Aviation d’Affaires
• 1300 avenue de l’Europe • BP 25 • 93352 Le Bourget Cedex • France
Tel: 33-(0)18.104.22.168.19 • Fax: 33-(0)22.214.171.124.92
email@example.com • flightsafety.com
Flight Center at Paris Le Bourget is not an approved center any more.
After your writen ?
The written exam is valid for two years. If you do not take or pass the practical part / check ride during this period, it will expire and you will have to retake it. No prorogation is possible.