If the Airline Transport Pilot certificate is the Ph.D. of aviation,
the Commercial and Instrument tickets represent the bachelor’s and
With this statement Bob Gardner defines the advanced pilot, and this is
his textbook written for the many pilots who streamline their efforts by
preparing for the instrument rating and the commercial certificate
An FAA Knowledge Exam is required for the instrument rating and the
commercial certificate. Using these tests as the premise for learning,
Bob Gardner applies practical information so readers are not only
prepared for the exams, but also for the cockpit. He augments the
required aeronautical knowledge by giving specific tips and techniques,
checklists and mnemonic devices, and sound advice from personal
experience. Each chapter concludes with sample FAA test questions, and a
comprehensive glossary and index are included as well as useful
aviation website links. This practical application of the FAA Knowledge
Exam is not available in any other text!
With the author’s conversational yet concise writing style, readers will
quickly grasp the subjects, pass the required tests and checkrides, and
have an operational understanding of flight they can take to the
cockpit as newly-minted commercial pilots operating under instrument
flight rules (IFR).
Includes links to helpful resources on the internet for weather charts, full color examples of those weather charts, and more.