Course Detail: AVS-1000F - Private Pilot Ground School - Fixed Wing [AVS 1000F]

Private plane taxing


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's (ERAU) Private Pilot Ground School examines the basics of aerodynamics, aircraft performance, Visual Flight Rules (VFR) cross-country navigation techniques, weather reports and forecasts, Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR), elements of resource management, and safe flying practices. This course should be taken in conjunction with hands-on flight training and will prepare students for the FAA written Private Pilot exam.

The Office of Professional Education at Embry-Riddle Worldwide also offers Commercial Pilot, and sUAS ground schools.

Who Should Attend

Students who want to sit for the written Private Pilot Aeronautical Knowledge Examination

Course Objectives

Female pilot preparing for a flight in a light aircraft

After completing this course, students should be able to demonstrate a comprehensive and broad-based understanding of aviation by:

  • Locating, interpreting, and explaining the Federal Aviation Regulations/Aeronautical Information Manual and other aviation publications as they apply to private pilot privileges, limitations, and flight operations in VFR conditions.
  • Describing the accident reporting requirements of the National Transportation Safety Board.
  • Procuring aviation weather reports and forecasts from various government and commercial sources, both on the ground and in-flight; applying weather theory for correct interpretation and use in VFR flight planning; recognizing critical weather situations including wind shear avoidance.
  • Explaining the principles of flight as applied to light, general aviation aircraft to include stall awareness, spin entry, spins, and spin recovery techniques.
  • Describing and explaining airport operations, including marking and lighting, radio communications, and the correct applications of FARs.
  • Explaining how to use radar, flight service station (FSS) and air traffic control (ATC) services, basic radio communication procedures, and interpreting the National Airspace System as depicted on sectional charts.
  • Explaining and applying basic aviation physiology to aviation safety as it relates to single-pilot, single-engine, VFR flying.
  • Calculating and describing aircraft performance and weight and balance factors, using charts, graphs, and other data representative of single-engine, non-complex aircraft; determining the effects of density altitude on takeoff and climb performance.
  • Describing the proper operation of aircraft systems and instruments associated with single-engine, non-complex aircraft.
  • Properly describing radio navigation equipment and systems, including VHF Omindirectional Radio Range (VOR), Automatic Direction Finding (ADF), and GPS and interpreting all information depicted on sectional charts for VFR navigation using pilotage and dead reckoning; explaining safe and efficient operation of aircraft, including collision avoidance, and recognition and avoidance of wake turbulence.
  • Demonstrating proper preflight action to plan VFR cross-country flights of various lengths, in various locations; properly applying FARs and correctly interpreting weather reports and forecasts; obtaining information on runway lengths at airports of intended use, data on takeoff and landing distances, and fuel requirements; using appropriate aircraft performance data, radio navigation aids and ATC services, and describing the decision-making process necessary to insure safe outcome of the planned flights, including how to plan for alternatives if the planned flight cannot be completed or delays are encountered.
  • Describing how good aeronautical decision making and judgment utilize all available resources in a safe and effective manner to minimize hazards; recognizing traps, and mitigating pilot errors to insure a safe flight.

Course Information

This is an online asynchronous instructor facilitated course with weekly modules and assignments, but no scheduled meeting times. Students should plan to spend approximately 10-15 hours per week working through the course. Coursework is web-based with no additional software required, although a reliable internet connection is recommended. All courses open 48 business hours in advance of each start date, and must be completed by their scheduled end dates. Digital certificates are available upon successful completion of individual courses. Printed certificates are mailed only upon completion of a full certificate program.

The following required materials may be purchased at your preferred retailer:

  • Gleim Commercial Pilot FAA Knowledge Test Prep
    ISBN: 978-1618541871
    Authors: Irvin N. Gleim and Garrett W. Gleim
    Publisher: Gleim Publications
    Publication Date: 2019
  • Navigation Plotter
  • E6B Flight Computer
  • Federal Aviation Administration Sectional Aeronautical Chart - San Francisco
    Year: Current Year
    FAA Product ID: SSF
    Publisher: U.S. DOT FAA National Aeronautical Charting Office
  • Federal Aviation Administration Airport Directory - Southwest U.S.
    Edition: Current Edition
    FAA Product ID: AFDSW; NSN 7641014109599
    Publisher: Federal Aviation Administration

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