Course Detail: AVS-1200F - Commercial Pilot Ground School - Fixed Wing


This comprehensive instructor-facilitated online course prepares students to become a commercial-rated airplane pilot. It examines commercial operations in the National Airspace System; Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations; aerodynamics; aircraft systems, performance, weight, and balance; VFR cross-country planning and navigation; weather theory, charts, and services; human factors; decision making; and safe flying practices. Successful graduates gain the requisite ground-school knowledge to pass the FAA Commercial Pilot-Airplane Knowledge Test and to pursue flight instruction to become safe and competent FAA-certified commercial-airplane pilots.

Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in becoming a commercial-rated airplane pilot. 

Course Objectives

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

  • Locating, explaining, and applying applicable Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) as they relate to commercial pilot privileges, limitations, and flight operations and the accident reporting requirements of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
  • Explaining and apply basic aerodynamics and the principles of flight.
  • Explaining basic meteorology and recognize critical weather situations, explain how to recognize wind shear recognition and avoidance methods and techniques, and how to use aeronautical weather reports and forecasts.
  • Explaining the safe and efficient operation of aircraft.
  • Correctly performing weight and balance computations; and aircraft performance calculations using performance charts, and explain the significance and effects of exceeding aircraft performance limitations.
  • Demonstrating the correct use of aeronautical charts and a magnetic compass for
  • Pilotage and dead reckoning and explain how to correctly use air navigation facilities.
  • Explaining and applying aeronautical decision making (ADM) and judgment.
  • Explaining the principles and functions of aircraft systems.
  • Explaining the maneuvers, procedures, and emergency operations appropriate to the aircraft.
  • Explaining night and high-altitude operations.
  • Explaining procedures for operating within the National Airspace System (NAS).

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