Spit n’ grit, about 280 hours in the air, a pair of lucky aviation socks, and a lot of support from a lot of people made this possible. After finishing off IFR in late May, I’ve finally gotten done with my commercial checkride! Did it out of KVNY, from Ascent Aviation Academy. And of course, IF played a huge role in my commercial flight training, especially experiencing what it would be like to operate systems on bigger aircraft (and hence being able to answer questions correctly!)
The flight portion (which I did in a Piper PA-28-151) involved a timing/dead reckoning leg where I had to estimate the ETE of a leg on my flight plan, then steep turns to a 55° bank, followed by chandelles, lazy 8s, stalls, emergency descents, 8s on pylons, short and soft field landings and takeoffs and a power off 180 landing.
My instructor was so overjoyed that I passed, that he gifted me his epaulettes - with three stripes - to keep for myself. I wore a uniform to the checkride, with my FAA Safety Master (Gold) Wings attached, and he slipped the epaulettes onto my shoulders himself. It was a moment of great pride and joy for me.
Got a few pictures attached below!