Some tips to help you ace the FAA private pilot written exam

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Earning that coveted pilot license isn’t exactly a walk in the park.  The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration or FAA makes sure that for anyone to pass the exam, he or she must go through rigorous testing and training.  Applicants can’t expect anything less, of course, if the agency is to guarantee air safety.

One advice to ensure that you get a good leverage come exam time is to choose a reputable flight school.  You are learning the fundamentals as well as ground- and flight-based instructions.  A good flight school will help you attain the required 40 total hours of flight time by giving you a balance of flight, oral, and written pre-tests and guidance from experienced instructors.

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The exam itself is comprised of 60 questions; you’ve to get a score of 70 percent or higher if you are to pass.  The good news is the FAA itself offers a practice exam and other supplemental documents containing graphics, figures, and legends.  Study these alongside the agency’s reference guide for learning statements that explains concepts into coded topics.  Keep in mind that there are more than 500 learning statements to study for your private pilot test.

During the actual exam, don’t be too much in a hurry and read the questions twice before answering. The idea to fully comprehend the subject matter.  However, don’t give more value to particular questions over others as they carry the same weight.  In short, if you really don’t know the concept being mentioned in a given question, just skip it.

Aviation professional Scott Beale spearheaded negotiations for the acquisition of Mountain Aviation, performing due-diligence supervision, closing activities, and post-closing finalization, leading to its smooth transition to fully operate under Flightworks.  More on Scott and his work here.

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What are the benefits and perks of first and business class air travel?

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Flying first class or business class allows for a variety of perks for the traveler. Aside from traveling in style, both air travel types come with much-improved comfort perks and amenities. The distinction between the two is nowadays being blurred, with many airlines deciding to just unite both and call them upper class or business first.

Both first class and business class offer better seating, usually longer and wider ones for stretching out and lying down. The additional space also comes with better privacy and a personal crew assigned to a passenger. These crew members are specifically trained to serve first and business class customers, able to determine a passenger’s quirks quickly and are masters of different drink concoctions and food recommendations.

Many technological innovations are available at the touch of a button, from tons of music and movies choices, surround headphones, to retractable walls that separate passengers from one another for even more privacy. Most business- and first-class passengers are given full access to the entire airline menu, permitting them to order whatever delicacy and superior drinks they want to indulge in.

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Aside from the suite-like service in the passenger cabins, often there’s a dedicated lounge area, offering fine dining and a restaurant-like ambiance, a great view of the sky, and other technological amenities like high-speed Wi-Fi access and large flat TV screens showing the flight track and passenger-preferred programs from movies to news and sports.

Lastly, these top-of-the-line travel options allow regular passengers to accumulate higher miles and points that they can avail of in future flights. In most cases, first-class and business-class passengers earn at a rate of as much as 150 percent more in mileage.

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