I took the FAA written today, did pretty good, in fact I scored higher on the commercial written than I did on the private written. It took me about an hour to complete, nothin to difficult.
I had an interesting experience today. I took off from runway 9 in the Arrow with my instructor, for some practice short/soft field landings. We were downwind, abeam the numbers when I lowered the gear, added flaps and reducede the throttle to 17", when the engine went right to idle. I advanced the throttle and nothing happened! I thought UH-OH, a real power off 180! After about 3-4 seconds the engine developed more power, but I was already headed for the runway. I reduced the throttle to descend for landing, and again it went all the way to idle. So I left it there, landed, and right after landing the engine quit. We had enough momentum to roll off the runway on to a taxiway. We tried to restart the engine but no luck. We sat on taxiway bravo just off the runway. I called the tower and let em know we were stuck. Then I called dispatch, and 10 minutes later maint. rolled out with the tow.
That was the first real problem I have had in an airplane. I just thank God we were in the pattern when it happened. When I find out what happened to the airplane, I'll let you know.