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)
  • Instrumentation
  • 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.)

Fun, informative!

There are typically 30 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***

Serious Training

This is a 48-hour course (16 3-hour classes) including subject material given as a full-credit 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 over 40 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 upstairs at the Club’s facility at the Raleigh Executive Jetport, in Sanford, NC. For driving instructions, see the Location page or call us. 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.
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COVID-19 NOTICE: Due to safety concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Private Pilot ground school class will be conducted remotely via Zoom for the Summer class beginning on May 17, 2021. The Private Pilot ground schools will be offered on the dates and times as scheduled.

If you are interested in attending the Summer Private Pilot (May 17) ground school, you may simply attend the first two classes free of charge with the Zoom invitation which will is listed below. After the second class, if you wish to complete the entire course you must then register per the instructions on the Ground School Course Registration form (form 1.16 on the forms page.) Registration and fees paid must be completed in advance no later than Sunday, May 23. Full details will be explained at the two first Zoom classes. If you have any questions you may email:, or, or

ZOOM Invitation for first two Private Pilot classes:

Topic: Private Pilot Ground School May 2021
Date and Times: Monday May 17, 2021 07:00 PM and

Thursday May 20, 2021 07:00 PM – Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 846 7555 7711


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 to the instructor at the first class, and is a separate cost from books and materials. Preregistration is not required, just show up the night of the first class to join.

Books and Materials

– The required and optional recommended books and the other materials needed for the course (plotter and E6B calculator) range from $140 to over $160 depending on the selection. The Club supplies these materials at wholesale pricing.
– Check is the most preferred method of payment. Please make checks payable to “Wings of Carolina”.
– Cash is also accepted but please bring the exact amount. We aren’t able to make change.
– Credit cards can be processed manually by filling out credit card information on the order form. (Card swiping is not available)

Here is what others have said about this ground school:

Quotes from Recent Private Ground School Evaluation Forms.

“Covered an amazing amount of information in an effective manner -easy to understand & digest. Excellent anecdotes. Would recommend this class to anybody starting off.” Jason Ki. 7/2019

“Very happy I took this course. Much more challenging than expected! Can’t imagine trying to internalize the information without having done this class.” Derek J. 5/2018

“One of the best courses I’ve ever taken. Really gave me invaluable knowledge. I particularly enjoyed the basics of flight as aerodynamics [were] explained very well.” Martin T. 12/2017

“This was an excellent class that I looked forward to attending every week. I felt fortunate to be taught by someone who is not only knowledgeable, but passionate about flying.” David F. 12/2016

“This course far, far exceeds my original ground school course I took when I got my Private. Great Review!” Geoffrey M. 12/2016

“I assumed [that the course description] was overstated. It is just as rigorous as described!” Franklin S. 7/2016

“How you keep a 3-hour class from getting boring is a miracle. So good!” Katherine C. 7/2013.

“By far the best ground school I have ever taken. I will definitely take additional ground schools at the club as I pursue additional ratings. Thanks again for a great classroom experience.” Jason Ke. 12/2015

“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

“Loved the course. Most interesting discussions about weather that I’ve ever heard.” Diana R. 4/2013