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Private Pilot Licence – Final Exam

Time has passed quickly. Not a year ago I started with theoretical and practical training for the Private Pilot Licence – and a few weeks ago I finally finished.

So what has happened after the theoretical exam [1]. A lot – In a nutshell:

  • Finish solo cross country flights
  • Language Proficiency Check
  • Progress Check D
  • Final Exam
  • Bureaucracy

So first of all I had to finish my cross-country flights to ensure that I fulfilled the criteria for the Progress Check D. While doing the triangular flight between Bad Vöslau (LOAV), Krems (LOAG) and Punitz (LOGG), it did my further cross country flights to:

  • Spitzerberg (LOAS)
  • Stockerau (LOAU)
  • Seitenstätten (LOLT)

Doing my Radio Check in English language, does not automatically allow you to do the radio communication in foreign countries. This requires an additional Language Proficiency Check. This is basically done under the audience of an examiner on the computer. This include basic english conversation talk, as well as technical terms and radio communication in english. Depending on your skills you might reach a level up to 6 (which is more or less native speaker). This is automatically forwarded to the Austro Control and once you pick up your licence, the language proficiency level is noted in your licence.

So having the according hours and the language test – I was ready for the Progress Check D. I did the check flight to Krems (LOAG), whereby we did some emergency practices in between. Overall no big issue, except that we had wind with over 40 knots, which was quite a experience on the landing in Bad Vöslau.

Having all together and after doing some paper-work I was ready for the final exam. After a short briefing I filed a flight plan to Stockerau through the Control Zone Vienna. Basically the flight was starting in Bad Vöslau – entering the Control Zone Vienna over Sector Sierra. Once the controller of Wien Schwechat approved it, we crossed the landing field of Wien Schwechat and went further along the Danube through Vienna until Klosterneuburg. There we have been handed back to Wien Information and continued the flight to Stockerau. The exact route was as follows:

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Short break in Stockerau, and then we went back to Bad Vöslau over Klosterneuburg and Wienerwald See. In betwenn we did all kind of emergency procedures.

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On the landing we did a flapless and a signal landing. After overall 2hours it was done. Handshake and I really felt released!

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A few days later I went with all papers, my flight log, my radio check licence and my medical to Austro Control to request the private pilot licence. And after 2 days, it arrived via mail. Yes!! The shocking part – the handout of the licence was quite expensive (around 580 EUR). But at this point you don’t want to turn back.

And what now? Flying, flying and flying to get experience. Beginning of next year I consider an introduction to a 4 seater – but I will keep you updated.

[1] jvr.at, Private Pilot Licence – Theoretical Exam

Private Pilot Licence – Theoretical Exam

After finishing all the classroom training and the subject related test after each session, you are basically allowed to do the theoretical exam after a overall pre-test in your flight school.The theoretical part is basically separated from the practical, wherby it should be noted that you need to have the theoretical exam, befor going to the final practical exam.

Anyway after finishing all the classroom training, I’ve let some time pass to focus on the practical training. Fast progressing I noticed that I should follow up on the theoretical exam, as I was not interested to wait for my final practical exam, because I forgot about the other part.

Having the scripts and presentation provided by Aircademy [1], I thought it would be a good idea to buy and use their exam trainer. In the beginning the tool was a bit confusing – it requires pop-ups to be enabled, and don’t offer something like an overall exam mode. This means basically that you can do a test for each subject area separatley. From the look and feel it is more or less from the early 2000 years. Anyway – there is a big advantage with this tool: it is basically the same piece of software used for the theoretical exam at the Austro Control GmbH [2].

While you are able to download 75% of the official questions from the Austro Control GmbH Homepage [3], 25% of additional questions will be added on the exam itself. Having in mind that you need 75% correct in each subject, this sounds quite easy, but it should not be unterestimated. Especially since I have seen a few people on the exam, which have failed in some subjects. Also keep in mind that for each of the subjects you have 20min time-slot. Once this time has passed, the subject is closed – with all possible open questions.

Ok, so from the proceedure: once you get in contact with Austro Control GmbH via [2], they will assign you a date/time for your exam. You are allowed to take your navigation maps with you, a ruler and the aviation calculator. Also take some empty papers and and a pen – it might be helpful.

On the day of the exam you will be picked up on the entrance of Austro Control GmbH and guided to the examination room. Once you take place you will get a short introduction. Important to notice is that between each subject, you can take a break – but definitley not in between.

The subjects are as follows:

  • 10 – Airlaw
  • 20 – Human Performance
  • 30 – Meteorology
  • 50 – Principles of Flight
  • 60 – Operational Procedures
  • 70 – Flight Performance and Planing
  • 80 – Aircraft General Knowledge
  • 90 – Navigation

Overall it took me around 3 hours to finish the exam. Immediatly after a short break you will get back the results. It should be noted that if you are not able to pass in one subject, your whole exam does not have to be redone. Only those subjects, which you have not passed.

Once you have done the exam and feeling relieved from the burdon, you will get the invoice from Austro Control GmbH within the next few days. For those who are interested – I paid EUR 116,40.

Happy Landings!

[1] Aircedemy – Learning at a higher level

[2] Austro Control GmbH, Pilot Licences

[3] Austro Control GmbH, PPL Exam Questions