Basic Aeronautical Knowledge Test (BAK)

October 1, 2012

I passed! I passed! I passed!

The Basic Aeronautical Knowledge (BAK) Test is done, thank god! I was so worried about this exam. As you know, me and written exams don’t get along that well. I sat down, extremely nervously as Gil set me up with the CASA approved Basic Aeronautical Knowledge (BAK) examination. I had three hours to complete it and out of the 30 questions, I could only get a maximum of 3 wrong in the first section and 3 wrongin the second. The first section was all about plane characteristics, aerodynamics and general aviation knowledge. The second was performance charts and loading graphs. I achieved 100% in the first section and 80% in the second. I watched on with great excitement as Gil endorsed my logbook with a pass in the BAK exam. I’m so glad that is done and dusted. In hindsight, I didn’t really have anything to worry about. I know this stuff pretty well now and the 90% pass mark proved this to me. Now I need to start studying for my PPL exam.

Now that the BAK is out of the way, we need to focus on getting me up to standard for the flight test that will be coming my way in the next few weeks. Once I pass the flight test, I will have my first ‘licence’. With this, I am able to take passengers within the confides of the Archerfield training area which extends down near Rathdowney to the south and out over Straddie to the east.

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