PRIVATE PILOT GROUND SCHOOL
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.Enroll Now!
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
- 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.