Ground  School


FAA Approved Part 141 and 61

Our Private Pilot Ground School will take you, a new student, from our front door to your destination on a cross-country trip as the pilot-in-command of a personal helicopter or airplane. The 8-week, 48-hour curriculum will ensure that you will have all the knowledge requirements established by the FAA to qualify you to pass the Private Pilot Written Exam.

  • Stage 1: Answer some basic questions. "What is a helicopter (or airplane)?" "What makes it fly?" "What limits an aircraft in flight?" and "How does a pilot control the aircraft in flight?"

  • Stage 2: We roll the aircraft out of the hanger and begin flying it in the real world of controlled and uncontrolled airspace.

  • Stage 3: Adds the elements of weather that can effect your decision to depart on a flight and determine whether a flight can be safely completed.

  • Stage 4: Basic cross-country navigation skills are introduced as you learn how to prepare and plan for your upcoming flight using charts and standard aircraft instruments.

  • Stage 5: We discuss your role and responsibility for planning and decision making before, during, and after your flight.

     Schedule - Each ground school class is 48-hours of quality ground instruction. Classes meet Monday and Wednesday nights for helicopter and Tuesday and Thursday nights for airplane from 7 to 10 pm at our Flying Cloud airport facilities. Ground school concludes with an endorsement to take your FAA Private Pilot (or Light Sport) Knowledge Test. The Knowledge Test is valid for 24 months and is a prerequisite for your private pilot flight test with an FAA designated pilot examiner. You can take the FAA knowledge test at the Hummingbird Aviation facility.