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The Private Pilot License Written Exam

There are four sections to the private pilot license written exam:

You need to get at least 60% on the private pilot license written exam, with a minimum of 60% in each section. There are 100 questions in total. If you want to learn how to fly a plane you need to pass this test.

I have organized my study notes based on the book Private Pilot Exam Preparation Guide, published by Sharper Edge Solutions. I’ve started by dividing the notes into the four sections (Air Law, Meteorology, Navigation and General Knowledge) and made notes based on the questions at the end of each section.

Since this will only prepare a student for the practice questions, I’ve also added the information that Sharper Edge marks as “Essential Knowledge” or “Know This!”.

I am also making use of From the Ground Up: 28th Ed as well as the study guide that you can get to go along with it. From the Ground Up: 28th Ed is pretty dry, which is why I also used the Sharper Edge guide. If you buy From the Ground Up: 28th Ed online make sure you get the Canadian edition – there is a US one, and some of the info will be different.

Throughout the notes I’ve added pop quizzes. The idea is that after studying the books and referring to my notes you can click on a pop quiz to try to cement the knowledge into your head. The questions in the pop quiz are ones I made up based on the notes. They will not appear on the actual private pilot license written exam (or if they do it will be a fantastic coincidence). I figured that if you’re like me your eyes can glaze over if you read too much dry, dense material all at once, so hopefully the quizzes will break the monotony.

I’ve tried to figure out ways to remember the information, which you will see as you progress through the notes. If they work for you, great, but if they don’t, don’t use them. Do whatever works.

I am not a flight instructor. I am just a pilot sharing information that I’ve learned. I hope that my study notes can help you pass the private pilot license written exam, but you can’t do it with just my stuff. Go to ground school, and read the books.

Here are the study notes, section by section:

My name is Rob Chipman and I’m a realtor and pilot based in Vancouver, BC. I AM NOT A FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR AND I AM NOT OFFERING FLIGHT INSTRUCTION! I am sharing my study notes and other things I’ve learned while getting my education as a pilot. You’re welcome to make use of this information, but do not treat it as expert advice.

I really enjoy flying, real estate and the Chilcotin.  My company is Coronet Realty Ltd., located at 3582 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V5K 2A7. I have a C-150L that I own with two other pilots, based out of Pitt Meadows. Do not hesitate to contact me by email if I can help you do anything, especially if its likely to be interesting or concerns selling remote property in British Columbia.

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