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Written Tests
2010-03-18

Written Tests Private Pilot Written Test figures:

1997: Total tests taken 32,981, 92.1% passed the test, average score of 85.64%

1998: Total tests taken 32,831, 91.8% passed the test, average score of 85.43%


1. 92% of those taking test pass
2. Average grade is 85%
3. Regulations 88.4
4. Weather 86.3
5. Flight Planning 84.8
6. ATC/AIM 81.0
7. Enroute 85.1
8. Physiological 98.7
9. Basic Instruments 85.5

You go to school to make mistakes. If you must make mistakes, make them new ones. If you don't make any mistakes you have wasted both time and money.

On average, it takes 71 hours to get a pilots license. This average could be ten hours less if students would fly more often.
If the student thinks he ought to know it, he won't ask it.
The odds are overwhelming that your being involved in an aircraft accident will occur within 100 miles of your home airport.
The accident will be on takeoff or landing.

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