Just passed my instrument written. 92%

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  1. AndrewX

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    My first post on POA. I wanted to share my process/observations:

    1. I went through the King Course except for the mechanical E6B stuff
    2. I followed Sheppard Air, by the "book"
    3. When in doubt, answer the worst outcome. e.g. FAA questions always require an alternate, the chart depicts IFR or MVFR weather, you're lower than you think, the VOR is pointed at the back course, etc. I picked up on this while studying. The correct answer is almost always the most negative.
    Andrew
     
  2. GeorgeC

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    Congrats and welcome.
     
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    Great score Andrew!
     
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    Congrats
     
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    Congrats and welcome to POA

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    :happydance: Congrats...
     
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    good job!
     
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    Enjoy the rest. Get as much actual in training as you can.
     
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    Welcome to the joint. Interesting find on the 'worst outcome' answer. It makes sense.
     
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    Congrats! I know you're happy to have that one out of the way!
     
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    Nice job Andrew, any estimate on how many hours of work before you took the test? I'm probably headed down this road in a month or two.
     
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    Nice job:thumbsup:
     
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    I'd say a good 25-30 hours of study. I was interested in actually learning the material so I would do further research on topics that were confusing and/ or interesting. I enjoyed the process. I like doing the math problems.
     
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    Thanks for the kind words and the advice. I'm now in search of a CFII.
     
  17. Stephen Shore

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    Congratulations. I just passed my IR written this morning. 83%. I did the King Course in conjunction with the Gold Method.

    I was very surprised at the questions I pulled (I realize that the 60 questions are random). I had one question in regard to a fix or VOR radial position, zero questions concerning pattern entry, and maybe one on MDA on an approach. The vast majority of mine were concerning icing, FAA Part 91 flight rules, and general weather. In other words, alot of questions that had to do with memorizing regulations and weather. Important stuff to be sure, but not the kind of topics that an answer can be calculated to get the correct answer. I did not even need an E6B calculator, a normal calculator, or even a scratch sheet of paper.

    I wonder if this is "normal" - of course I realize that randomly pulling 60 questions means that you COULD get 60 questions about icing, but still surprising to me on the mix of questions.

    It took me 30 minutes.

    I am 54 years old and there was quite a gap between my IR written and my PPL written. 1980 for the PPL written. I was one of those "lapsed" pilots who got my PPL at 17 years old and then quit when I was in my late 20's after kids and marriage.

    Knowing what I know now, there should be a law outlawing 17 year old kids getting their PPL or automobile driver's license for that matter. I am alot different pilot at 54 than I was at 17.

    Anyway, on to the instruction with my CFI and hopefully soon a checkride. Congratulations on your test and good luck.
     
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    Great thread for those of us who haven't taken it yet. Good stuff and congratulations to both of ya.
     
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    Congratulations!
     
  20. AndrewX

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    Congrats Stephen! I have a very similar story, PPl in 1986 and now getting my IR in 2017, 31 years later. I found a CFII who wasn't even born when I became a pilot. :)
    I told him that when I started flying a NAV Comm was a luxury, and the 152s we flew certainly didn't have DMEs. He looked at me like I came from Mars. The CFII was impressed (relieved) I passed my written before I started training.
    I have my first instrument lesson today.

    One more thing, it's a part 141 school but I've elected to do part 61. There are several reasons; the first being I refused to buy a $350 Cessna IFR "kit."
     
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    Congratulations Andrew and Stephen! Way to go!
     
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    Congratulations Andrew and Stephen!!