Aviation Mathematics

May 19th, 2015
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To obtain a private pilot certificate from the FAA, a student pilot must pass a 60-question written exam, usually taken after “ground school” and during flight training. The student pilot must be at least 15 years old to take the written exam, and 17 years old to obtain a private pilot certificate; neither a high school diploma nor any higher education is required.

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Aviation MathematicsDr. Dona BoccioAMATYC Queensborough Community College35th Annual ConferenceBayside, NY 11364Las Vegas, NVdboccio@qcc.cuny.eduNovember 12, 2009To obtain a private pilot certificate from the FAA, a student pilot must pass a 60-question written exam, usually taken after ground school and during flight training. The student pilot must be at least 15 years old to take the written exam, and 17 years old to obtain a private pilot certificate; neither a high school diploma nor any higher education is required. Nevertheless, the presenter has found that a variety of mathematical concepts are involved in many of the exam questions. These include solving ratio and proportion problems, reading graphs, calculating percents, converting units in different systems of measurement, etc. Beyond passing the required exams, pilots should continue to be proficient in using math, as these skills are essential for pre-flight planning and decisions that must be made during flight. The following skills are important for both recreational and commercial pilots, as well as other aviation-industry professionals. Pilots should be able to:Mentall

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