Private Pilot Ground School
Not only will this course cover all of the FAA-mandated subject material for the Private Pilot, we will also take an in-depth look at safety and operational issues.
Principal Topics to be covered are:
- Aerodynamics and Control
- Engines and Structures (Hands-On in the Maintenance Hangar)
- Weather Theory and Interpretation
- FAA Regulations
- Air Traffic Control Procedures
- Flight Fitness and Medical Considerations
- Safety, Decision-Making, Judgment, and Common Errors
- Radio Communications
- Navigation Fundamentals plus Radio and GPS Navigation
- Airspace and Security
- Flight Planning and Chart Interpretation (Practice with Aviation Plotter and Wind Computer. Cartography.)
There are typically 10-15 students in this class; young and older, men and women. Learning is enhanced by the sharing of experiences by others who are slightly more advanced in their training and who have the unique perspective of a student pilot.
*** Please read below what others have said about this ground school***
This is a 45-hour course (15 3-hour classes) that is given as a full-credit college course at some major universities. It is thorough and both practical and theory based. However, given the enthusiasm of the students and instructors, it has always been a fun and rewarding experience for all!
Your principal instructor for this course will be John Hunter. John is an experienced pilot and holds numerous FAA certifications. He has been teaching aviation courses for 35 years both at the Club and in an airline environment. Other instructors include the Club’s Chief Flight Instructor, George Scheer, and other FAA certified instructors.
All classes will be held in the air conditioned classroom at the Club’s hangar facility at the Raleigh Executive Jetport @ Sanford-Lee County north of Sanford, south of Apex. For driving instructions, see the Location page or call us.
We’re right on US-1 and closer than you’d think!
The classes are taught in the evening beginning at 7:00 PM and are typically on Wednesday evenings. (Mondays and Thursdays for the summer session.) For specific dates, please see the ground school page.
Cost and Registration
Tuition cost will be $195 payable at the first class. Books and other required supplies are available at wholesale cost. This is a bargain compared to commercially available programs. Additionally there is a $15 discount for those students who are members of the Flying Club (or who sign up for the Club on the same evening as the first ground school class.
Registration for the ground school will be at the first class. Pre-registration is not necessary. Bring your enthusiasm, and a friend!
Here is what others have said about this ground school:
Quotes from Recent Private Ground School Evaluation Forms.
“Wow! I wish I had found this club and John some seventeen years ago when I just earned my private pilot certificate. I am happy to be “back” and associated with this
organization.” Steve C. 4/2014
“I took this class because I self-taught originally. John helped me grasp a lot of concepts I didn’t understand on my own. He kept me involved over the entire schedule.” Dave D. 4/2014
“This ground school had the best recommendations and surpassed even those.” Zendeck H. 12/2013
“How you keep a 3-hour class from getting boring is a miracle. So good!” Katherine C. 7/2013
“I am an engineering graduate student at – - . This course, however, has been the most successful in my opinion.” Sachin P. 7/2013
“Loved the course. Most interesting discussions about weather that I’ve ever heard.” Diana R. 4/2013
“Can’t imagine a better class. I’m actually worried about pilots who didn’t have a class similar to this one. Thanks!” Darrell T. 4/2013
“…course is extremely informative. I possibly learned more about the subject matter in the allotted time than with any other course I’ve taken (and I’ve taken a lot of courses!)” Bud K. 4/2012
“[The instructor] went above and beyond to teach safety theory and practical considerations of aviation. Very thorough and helpful….and fun!” Ruth Ann S. 12/2011
“Currently taking aviation college courses. This class is by far the most in-depth.” Matt N. 4/2011