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


Our Private Pilot Ground School course examines the basics of aerodynamics, aircraft performance, VFR cross-country navigation techniques, weather reports and forecasts, Federal Aviation Regulations, elements of resource management, and safe flying practices. This course should be taken in conjunction with hands-on flight training and will prepare you for the FAA written Private Pilot exam. 

We also offer Instrument and Commercial Pilot Ground schools. 

Who Should Attend

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

Course Objectives

  • 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, and apply weather theory to interpret them correctly for use in VFR flight planning, recognize 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 explain airport operations, including marking and lighting, radio communications, and the correct applications of FARs.
  • Explaining how to use radar, FSS and ATC services, basic radio communication procedures, and interpret the National Airspace system as depicted on sectional charts.
  • Explaining basic aviation physiology and apply it to aviation safety as it relates to single- pilot, single-engine, VFR flying.
  • Calculate and describe 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
  • Properly describing radio navigation equipment and systems, including VOR, ADF and GPS and interpret all information depicted on sectional charts for VFR navigation using pilotage and dead reckoning. Explain 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 describe 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; recognize traps, and mitigate pilot errors; to insure a safe flight.

Course Information

This is a 100% online asynchronous instructor facilitated course with no scheduled class times. This course is web-based with no additional software required, reliable internet connection is recommended. Course must be completed by the scheduled end date. A digital printable certificate is available upon the successful completion of this course. Printed certificates are mailed for complete programs only.

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