Well, I am on my way to my commercial pilot license. The first milestone along the way was getting my Complex Aircraft Endorsement. For those who are unfamiliar, a complex aircraft is one with flaps, a controllable pitch propeller, and retractable landing gear. Since I already had my High Performance Endorsement, the key here is the retractable landing gear. Admittedly there isn’t that much difference in flying a complex aircraft, except of course remembering to put the gear down EVERY time. Yeah, knowing the gear procedures, aerodynamics, and emergency procedures are important, but as long as the gear as down when you go to land, you’ll probably be in good shape.
The best thing here is that the 182RG I have been flying cruises at 150-160 knots. This is pretty zippy for a relatively fuel efficient and reliable aircraft. Not sure when I will finish the commercial rating, but this is a pretty cool step a long the way.