Ground School


Each course is $50 to enroll. Sign up Today by calling the front desk at 360-735-9441.

 

 

Private Pilot Ground School

Course Overview: 40 hours of classroom instruction includes visual presentations, group discussions, games, and preparation for the FAA written exam.

You will learn about: principles of flight, aircraft systems, aircraft performance, airspace and charts, aviation weather products, flight physiology, aeronautical decision making, and FAA written test preparation.

Tuition: $350 ($50 deposit holds your place)

Bonus: Once you’re enrolled in our course, you man audit future Private Pilot Ground School classes.

Dates and Time: The Private Pilot Ground School usually takes place 4 times per year. This is an 8-week program and classes are usually on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Please check the events page for the upcoming Ground School schedule and registration information.

You can purchase a Private Pilot Kit for $225 in additional to the Private Pilot Ground School, which includes the following:

  • Pilot Bag
  • Private Pilot Jeppeson Manual
  • Private Pilot Test Prep w/ supplement
  • Aviation Regulations (FAR/AIM)
  • E6B Flight Computer
  • Aviation Plotter
  • Airman Certification Standards: Private Pilot
  • AMFC Nav Log (pack of 25)
  • Aero Chart User’s Guide
  • Flight Maneuvers Handbook
  • Flash drive with course materials

Course Syllabus (click here for a printable version to take to class or add in your binder):

Lesson Topics Coursework
Day 1
  • Introduction, course overview & expectations
  • Pilot Training
  • Aviation Opportunities
  • Introduction to Human Factors
  • ASA Test Questions: 4-3 to 4-15 & 5-19
  • Homework: Jepp Chapter 2 A & B
Day 2
  • Aircraft Parts
  • Power Plant and Related Systems
  • Maintenance Hangar Tour
  • ASA Test Questions: 2-3 to 2-15
  • Homework: Jepp Chapter 2 C
Day 3
  • Flight Instruments
  • ASA Test Questions: 3-3 to 3-16
  • Homework: Jepp Chapter 3 A & B
Day 4
  • Four Forces of Flight Stability
  • ASA Test Questions: 1-3 to 1-12
  • Homework: Jepp Chapter 3 C
Day 5
  • Aerodynamics for Maneuvering
  • Wake Turbulence
  • ASA Test Questions: 1-13 to 1-25
  • Homework: Jepp Chapter 4 C & D
Day 6
  • Charts & Airspace
  • ASA Test Questions: 9-37 to 9-46
  • Homework: Jepp Chapter 4 A & B
Day 7
  • Safety of Flight
  • Airports
  • ASA Test Questions: 5-3 to 5-18 & 27-30
  • Homework:Jepp Chapter 5
Day 8
  • Radio Procedures
  • ASA Test Questions: 11-3 to 11-15
  • Homework: Jepp Chapter 6
Day 9
  • Flight Instruments
  • ASA Test Questions: 6-3 to 6-22
  • Homework: Preview Chapter 7
Day 10
  • Interpreting Weather Products
  • ASA Test Questions: 7-3 to 7-22
  • Homework: Preview Chapter 8 A & B
Day 11
  • Predicting Performance
  • Weight and Balance
  • ASA Test Questions: 8-3 to 8-39
  • Homework: Preview Chapter 8C & 9
Day 12
  • Flight Computers (bring your supplies)
  • Navigation
  • ASA Test Questions: 9-3 to 9-36 & 10-3 to 10-14
  • Homework: Catch up
Day 13
  • VFR Flight Planning
  • General Subject Review
  • ASA Test Questions: 9-24 to 9-35
  • Homework: Preview Chapter 10
Day 14
  • Human Factors
  • General Subject Review
  • ASA Test Questions: 5-20 to 5-26
  • Homework: Preview FAR and bring it to next class
Day 15
  • Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR’s)
  • General Subject Review
  • ASA Test Questions: 4-16 to 4-48
Day 16
  • Tower Tour (Possibly)
  • Final Exam

 

 

 

Instrument Ground School

Who can benefit: Pilots who have places to go and people to see. Instrument Flying allows pilots to become a full part of the National Airspace and ATC system.

Course Overview: 30 hours of classroom instruction includes visual presentations, group discussions, games, and preparation for the FAA written exam.

You will learn about: Physiology of the flight, VOR navigation, ADF navigation, GPS, Instrument charts and TERP Procedures. Also and in depth look at Aviation Weather and IFR flight planning.

Tuition: $400 ($50 deposit holds your place)

Bonus: Once you’re enrolled in our course, you man audit future Instrument Ground School classes.

Dates and Time: The Instrument Ground School usually takes place 2 times per year. This is a 6-week program and classes are usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Please check the events page for the upcoming Ground School schedule and registration information.

You can purchase a Instrument Kit for $154 in additional to the Instrument Ground School, which includes the following:

  • Pilot Bag
  • Jeppesen Instrument/Commercial Textbook
  • Instrument Rating Test Prep book w/ supplement
  • Airman Certification Standards: Instrument Rating
  • Flash drive with course materials

Course Syllabus (click here for a printable version to take to class or add in your binder):

Lesson Topics Coursework
Day 1
  • Introduction, course overview & expectations
  • Flight Instrument Systems
  • Attitude Instrument Flying
  • ASA Test Questions: 3-3 to 3-45
  • Homework: Jepp Chapter 2 A, B & C
Day 2
  • Instrument Navigation
  • ASA Test Questions: 4-3 to 4-39
  • Homework: Jepp Chapter 3
Day 3
  • The Flight Environment
  • ASA Test Questions: 5-21 to 5-27 & 6
  • Homework: Jepp Chapter 4 A & B
Day 4
  • Departure
  • ASA Test Questions: 6-3 to 6-26
  • Homework: Jepp Chapter 5 & 6
Day 5
  • Enroute
  • Holding Procedures
  • Arrival
  • ASA Test Questions: 7-3 to 7-28 & 8-3
  • Homework: Jepp Chapter 7 & 8A
Day 6
  • Approach Charts
  • Non-Precision Approaches
  • ASA Test Questions: 8-12 to 8-42
  • Homework: Jepp Chapter 8 B & C
Day 7
  • Approach Charts
  • Precision Approaches
  • ASA Test Questions: 8-12 to 8-42
  • Homework: Preview Chapter 9 A & B
Day 8
  • Weather Factors
  • Weather Hazards
  • ASA Test Questions: 1-3 to 1-28
  • Homework: Preview Chapter 9 C, D, & E
Day 9
  • Flight Instruments
  • ASA Test Questions: 2-3 to 2-22
  • Homework: Jepp Chapter 10
Day 10
  • Printed Reports & Forecast
  • Graphic Weather Products
  • Sources of Weather Info
  • ASA Test Questions: 5-30 to 5-39
  • Homework: Bring FAR to next class
Day 11
  • IFR Flight Considerations
  • ASA Test Questions: 5-3 to 5-28
Day 12
  • Final Test (FAA Practice Instrument Written Exam)

 

 

Commercial Ground School

Who can benefit: Pilots looking to advance to a Commercial Certificate. There are many benefits from Commercial certification like insurance discounts, volunteer flying, and job opportunities.

Course Overview: 25 hours of classroom instruction includes visual presentations, group discussions, games, and preparation for the FAA written exam.

You will learn about: Advanced aerodynamics, aircraft systems, aircraft performance, airspace and charts, aviation weather products, flight physiology, aeronautical decision making, and FARs.

Tuition: To be announced.($50 deposit holds your place)

Bonus: Once you’re enrolled in our course, you man audit future Commercial Ground School classes.

Dates and Time: The Commercial Ground School usually takes place 2 times per year. This is a 4-week program and classes are usually on Tuesdays from 6:00pm to 8:30pm and Saturday morning 8am – 10:30am. Please check the events page for the upcoming Ground School schedule and registration information.

You can purchase a Commercial Kit, which includes the following:

  • Commercial Pilot Written exam prep
  • Commercial PTS
  • Illustrated Guide to Aerodynamics by Skip Smith

Course Syllabus:

Lesson Topics Coursework
Day 1
  • Regulations
  • FAR Part 1, 43, 61, 67, 91, 119
  • ASA Test Questions: Chapter 4
  • Homework: Skip Smith’s Chapters 1-3
Day 2
  • Aerodynamics
  • Power Plant and Related Systems
  • Maintenance Hangar Tour
  • ASA Test Questions: Chapter 1
  • Homework: Handbook Chapters 6-7
Day 3
  • Aircraft Systems
  • Flight Instruments
  • ASA Test Questions: Chapters 2-3
  • Homework: AIM Chapters 2-4; Handbook Chapter 17
Day 4
  • Airspace
  • Airports
  • ADM
  • ASA Test Questions: Chapter 5
  • Homework: AIM Chapter 7; Handbook Ch 11-12
Day 5
  • Weather/Weather Services
  • Homework: Handbook Chapter 10 & Navig worksheet
Day 6
  • Aircraft Performance
  • Navigation Aids
  • Flight Computer
  • ASA Test Questions: Chapters 8-9
Day 7
  • Review
  • Final…practice Test
  • Homework: Keep taking practice tests