Spring 2021: May 21, 2021 – July 2, 2021 | $600 Enrollment*

Enrollment fee does not include test center fees, which are not charged by Aspire Aeronautica.

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Getting Started: The Right Way

Deciding to make the commitment to attaining a private pilot certificate is the start of a journey. Think of it as a marathon rather than a sprint. The goal is not to complete the certification process quickly. Rather, it is to master the required knowledge areas and become a safe, professional, and proficient pilot. Many aspiring pilots dive head first into the journey and begin flying immediately, only to realize that a considerable amount of studying is necessary to prepare for and take the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test. In some instances, it can slightly delay the flight training program, adding precious time to an aspiring pilot’s schedule.

By successfully studying for, and passing the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test prior to flight training, aspiring pilots come well prepared and armed with considerable theoretical knowledge. Having this knowledge handy before entering the cockpit can streamline the flight training process and save considerable time. It also maximizes a pilot’s learning, and in many instances, helps pilots understand the practical application of theoretical concepts quicker and more intimately.

Location & Partners

The Aspire Aeronautica Private Pilot Ground School will venue at multiple locations, and each venue will be announced one week prior to each lesson. All venues will be located at the Hayward Executive Airport. The purpose is simple: by hosting at multiple venues, Aspire Aeronautica hopes that prospective pilots will become more familiar with the great variety of services and businesses located at the Hayward Executive Airport. It also provides Aspire Aeronautica with the opportunity to welcome guest lecturers and use actual resources and teaching aids relevant to each lesson. Venues may include APP Jet Center, Meridian, California Airways, and other locations.

Course Details & Requirements

The Aspire Aeronautica Private Pilot Ground School is scheduled to take six weeks, and ends with a full practice FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test. The course is designed to cover all of the subject areas specified in 14 CFR § 61.105(b). These subjects will all be covered on the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test. To pass the test, successful applicants must score at least 70%. However, Aspire Aeronautica hopes that this course will provide applicants with the opportunity to pass with a much higher score. Please note that this course does not prepare applicants for the oral portion of FAA Private Pilot Practical Test (aka the checkride).


The cost for attending the course is $600. Payment is at the start of Lesson 1 on May 21, 2021. Payment may be made via Zelle, cash, or check. All payments are nonrefundable, and the start of the Private Pilot Ground School is dependent on the number of participants who enroll. All participants who enroll will receive a written confirmation securing their place in the course, along with further instructions. Additionally, while some FAA testing centers are free, others may charge a small fee for use of their facilities. These costs are not included as Aspire Aeronautica does not have the ability to forward test taking payments on behalf of students to these centers. More information on this will be provided to all participants at the start of the course.


Classes are scheduled to take place in person. Masks will be required, and temperature checks will be administered prior to entering the facility. Additionally, the option of participating via Zoom will be made available upon request.


Aspire Aeronautica will provide participants with all of the required materials for the course. These materials are:

  • 2021 FAR AIM
  • Gleim Private Pilot FAA Knowledge Test Prep. Textbook
  • San Francisco Sectional Chart
  • Plotter
  • E6B Flight Computer


Additional materials and handouts will be provided. Participants are expected to bring their own notebooks, pens, and pencils.


Classes are scheduled to take place on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. Aspire Aeronautica has determined that these are the best days for participants who are working or have other obligations. The remaining five days of the week should be used for studying, and it is recommended that students study approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour per day between classes.

Ground School Schedule

The Aspire Aeronautica Private Pilot Ground School is designed to contain two lesson periods per week, allowing the time in between lessons to be utilized for studying. The schedule below is organized by week. In six weeks, participants who follow the course instructions and study the materials provided should qualify to sit for and take the FAA private pilot knowledge test. Each lesson is scheduled to take 2.5 hours. A fifteen minute break, and a fifteen minute question and answer session, are incorporated into each class.

Introduction to the Private Pilot Certificate
What does it take to become a private pilot? What is the process, how long does it take, and how much does it cost? The first lesson tells you all you need to know about the private pilot certificate, its limitations, its privileges, and all of the necessary paperwork to get you started.
Friday May 21, 2021 6:30PM - 9:00PM
Aerodynamics & Aircraft Flight Controls
Airplanes are truly a work of art. The second lesson concerns aerodynamics, flight controls, and all the forces that act on an aircraft in flight. We will learn about physics, history, and the essence of what makes these amazing machines fly.
Saturday May 22, 2021 9:30AM - 12:00PM
Airplane Instruments & Systems
The third lesson in the series concerns aircraft instruments and systems. We will learn about how each and each of the aircraft instruments work, from the old steam gauges to the newer more digital avionics suites, in addition to the engine, electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical systems on most general aviation aircraft.
Friday May 28, 2021 6:30PM - 9:00PM
Airports, ATC & Airspace
The fourth lesson will introduce participants to airports, air traffic control services, and the various types of airspace that private pilots will encounter throughout their flying adventures. We will discuss the weather, communication, and equipment requirements for each type of airspace, and how to operate safely and proficiently in the national airspace system.
Saturday May 29, 2021 9:30AM - 12:00PM
Federal Aviation Regulations
The fifth lesson in the series will introduce participants to the various Federal Aviation regulations that apply to private pilots and visual flight. We will also go over logbooks, endorsements, airworthiness and aircraft inspection requirements, and many other requirements that private pilots are required to meet, including flight reviews, currencies, and medical certificates.
Friday June 4, 2021 6:30PM - 9:00PM
Aircraft Performance and Weight & Balance
Lesson 6 discusses aircraft performance and weight and balance. This is one of the most crucial subjects for private pilots. Knowing the operational limitations of your aircraft, and how to properly load it, is essential for safe and proficient piloting.
Saturday June 5, 2021 9:30AM - 12:00PM
Aviation Weather
Aviation weather is one of the most daunting subjects for students and instructors alike. This seventh lesson of the series provides an in depth overview of aviation weather, weather systems, and the Earth’s atmosphere.
Friday June 11, 2021 6:30PM - 9:00PM
Aviation Weather Products & Services
Knowing about weather is only half of the equation. Pilots will also have to know how to utilize the various aviation weather products and services that are available to them from official and third-party sources. This eighth lesson covers this subject in depth and teaches pilots how to obtain the necessary briefings to conduct a safe and uneventful flight.
Saturday June 12, 2021 9:30AM - 12:00PM
Cross-Country Navigation
Flying is all about having fun safely, enjoying the views, and getting from point A to point B. The ninth lesson in the series introduces pilots to cross country flight planning and navigation. Pilots will learn about the navigational aids, resources, and services that apply to cross country flights.
Friday June 18, 2021 6:30PM - 9:00PM
Cross-Country Flight Planning
Now armed with an in depth understanding of cross country planning, navigation aids, and services, pilots will be introduced to the intricate art of cross country flight planning. Everything from choosing a route, managing fuel burn, picking alternates, and complying with Federal Aviation Regulations will be covered in this lesson.
Saturday June 19, 2021 9:30AM - 12:00PM
Question & Answer Session
The tenth lesson is considered a make-up session where participants will be able to ask questions, seek clarifications, and prepare for the full practice test and eventual knowledge test endorsement the following week.
Friday June 25 2021 6:30PM - 9:00PM
Practice Knowledge Test & Endorsements
The Private Pilot Ground school concludes with a practice knowledge test. Applicants who pass the test will receive a knowledge test endorsement from a certificated flight instructor, and will be authorized to sit for the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test.
Friday July 2, 2021 6:30PM - 9:00PM
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