I finally got that push to motivate me to take the IRA written. the FAA rolling out new developments in the written exams on June 13th. I don’t want all the studying I’ve done so far go to waste, so I’m finally ramping up my studying!
I’m planning to take the written within the week, hopefully! I’ve identified my weak areas and plan to attack those today and tomorrow.
To study, I do use Sheppard Air and I have no shame in it. I used it for my ADX and got in the high 90s. The way the FAA written exams are currently don’t really test knowledge as well as they should. They’re probably as useful as the SAT, which I loathed.
Now, there is that age old argument that you need to actually know the knowledge on the written. Yes, some questions you do and the stuff I really do need to learn I’ll learn for the oral and practical.
It’s interesting to see how my knowledge is in different areas since Sheppard Air splits the learning up into different categories. Weather – I’m a rock star. Though I have to stay, on my daily basis of planning flights I don’t use half the charts they reference. There are many better tools out there now for weather prediction and observations, I hope they begin to incorporate them into training and the writtens. The IFR navigation is where I have to study and learn.
I’m in a unique situation where I do know a lot about some IFR knoweldge. I can read Jepp charts easily, for planning purposes I’m good. I know the Part 121 regulations and Operations Specifications of my airline in regards to alternate minimums and navigation very well. I need to transition it to Part 91 knowledge and know the differences. Actually flying the plan and reading the gauges….I need to learn too, but that’s what this is about!
I hope to have some good news to share soon with you all and achieve one of my goals for this year!