Commercial Knowledge Test

The aircraft I am training in for my Commercial rating is down for it’s annual the next two weeks, so it seemed like the perfect time to gather up my books and prepare to take the FAA knowledge test again for the Commercial Rating and also start reviewing the material for the Commercial Oral Exam.


I first took this exam back in 2008 and I still have all the study material from then:

Jeppesen Instrument & Commercial Manual
Jeppesen Knowledge Test DVD
Gleim Commercial Flight Maneuvers
ASA Commercial Knowledge Test
ASA Commercial PTS
ASA Commercial Oral Exam Guide


Four and a half years ago, I scrambled to get the rating out of the way, before my knowledge test expired and never managed to.

Two years ago, I tried again. Almost restarted everything – sign off from my current instructor to take the written again and acquired new material from a friend who had just gotten his commercial:

ASA Knowledge Test DVD
ASA Commercial Knowledge Test
ASA Commercial PTS
ASA Commercial Oral Exam Guide

Again never did. Too much time and too much money down the drain for someone who already had a complex sign-off, all the requirements down and just needed to master the maneuvers to PTS standards to pass the test.

This time I am resolved to see it to the end and finally take the elusive commercial check-ride.  Flying the C172RG is a whole lot easier than the Arrow considering I fly the C172 on a normal basis. I’ve acquired newer and more current books:

ASA Commercial Knowledge Test
ASA Commercial PTS
2015 FAR/AIM
Kurshner’s The Advanced Pilot’s Flight Manual

So, I am well armed with several versions of the material to prepare me for this challenge.

Wish me luck!

14 thoughts on “Commercial Knowledge Test

  1. Lindsay Kitson May 19, 2015 / 12:16 pm

    Good luck! I’ve got my commercial written test out of the way and have a few months left before it expires to get my commercial license, and I’m hoping to take the test in the next few weeks.


    • Flynthings May 19, 2015 / 9:21 pm

      Thank you. Don’t wait till the last minute to finish your oral. Last time I left it too late and ran out of time. Weather, instructor and aircraft availability all add a lot more time to accomplish the task.


      • Lindsay Kitson May 19, 2015 / 10:03 pm

        Do you not normally do the oral part and the flying part the same day down there? Usually we plan to here, though if we run out of time after the oral, the flying part get’s shuffled to the next day. I guess I’m not so worried about aircraft availability – my school has 20 or 30 cessna 152’s – I just need them to set aside one with a VOR for me.


      • Flynthings May 19, 2015 / 10:05 pm

        Yes. Typically the same day unless weather or other factors intervene. I meant before your knowledge test expires.


      • Lindsay Kitson May 19, 2015 / 10:35 pm

        Ah, yes. My written test expires this coming november. I’ve got vacation time off work for the next 3 weeks though, and the plan is to get it done before my vacation’s over.

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      • Flynthings May 19, 2015 / 10:43 pm

        Sounds like a good plan. Good luck!


  2. MTElia1B9 May 31, 2015 / 4:34 pm

    Those ASA Oral Exam guides are the best thing going… I used to tell my students to live with them, literally read them for a little bit each night before falling asleep and take a glance during any free time… All the key information in an easy format!

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