Written exam

What you need to know about the written exam ? (CPL)

Attaining the status of a commercial pilot is a milestone. As a commercial pilot, you will be able to fly for compensation or hire. This could include flying people, cargo, or in a variety of other capacities. Many commercial pilots pursue careers as flight instructors, charter pilots, and/or with the airlines.

As the regulation says in the §61.123 (d) you will need to:

Pass the required knowledge test on the aeronautical knowledge areas listed in §61.125 of this part

61.125 : Aeronautical knowledge

  • (a) General. A person who applies for a commercial pilot certificate must receive and log ground training from an authorized instructor, or complete a home-study course, on the aeronautical knowledge areas of paragraph (b) of this section that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought.
  • (b) Aeronautical knowledge areas.
    1. Applicable Federal Aviation Regulations of this chapter that relate to commercial pilot privileges, limitations, and flight operations;
    2. Accident reporting requirements of the National Transportation Safety Board;
    3. Basic aerodynamics and the principles of flight;
    4. Meteorology to include recognition of critical weather situations, windshear recognition and avoidance, and the use of aeronautical weather reports and forecasts;
    5. Safe and efficient operation of aircraft;
    6. Weight and balance computations;
    7. Use of performance charts;
    8. Significance and effects of exceeding aircraft performance limitations;
    9. Use of aeronautical charts and a magnetic compass for pilotage and dead reckoning;
    10. Use of air navigation facilities;
    11. Aeronautical decision making and judgment;
    12. Principles and functions of aircraft systems;
    13. Maneuvers, procedures, and emergency operations appropriate to the aircraft;
    14. Night and high-altitude operations;
    15. Procedures for operating within the National Airspace System;
    16. Procedures for flight and ground training for lighter-than-air ratings.

To pass the written exam you will need to receive an endorsement from a CFI.
Most of the flight school / instructor will ask you to do 2 tests with a score more than 85% before to give you the endorsement.

All FAA written tests are multiple choice questionnaires and are entirely computerized.
The D-day you will have 3 hours for 100 questions and a minimum score of 70%.
Depending of the center you will do the test you will be able to bring all the stuff you need including a non-programmable calculator.

How to train ?

You can find different software or websites, those are the most known:

Gleim Aviation
Price: $64.95

Ground School
Price: $44.99

Sheppard Air
Price: $40.00

Where to take the exam ?

• I dont need to tell you than you can do it in the USA in a approuved center.
Please find the list on the pdf.
Expect between $100 and $150 and there are usually no delay there... (If you fail the test, you can do it again 1h after)


• You also can do it in Flight Safety at Paris Le Bourget

The FAA test center is only open the WEDNESDAYS FROM 13:00 TO 17:00 and the THURSDAYS FROM 9.30 TO 17.30. You can expect a delay of 3 months and the fees are 210 €


Maud Duboscq - DOS Assistant - FAA/TSA Administrator
FlightSafety International • Paris-Le Bourget Learning Center • Zone Aviation d’Affaires
• 1300 avenue de l’Europe • BP 25 • 93352 Le Bourget Cedex • France
Tel: 33-(0) • Fax: 33-(0) •

To schedule an exam, call, fill and send the following documents to Maud Dubosq

After your writen ?

The written exam is valid for two years. If you do not take or pass the practical part / check ride during this period, it will expire and you will have to retake it. No prorogation is possible.

You also can train here

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