Absorb all aviation has to offer, with a wide range of fun and required topics
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Absorb all aviation has to offer, with a wide range of fun and required topics
Get your endorsement to pass your FAA Written Test, used to pass a Private Pilot Checkride
Not just the required topics, but real world and relatable stories and experiences
Prepare for a lifetime as a pilot with a safe attitude and a desire to learn
Aviation isn’t just a whole industry, it’s a way of life. While you are gaining the knowledge you need to be a pilot, you’ll also learn about the attitudes and attributes that make a sharp and safe pilot. Beyond the subjects you’ll study is a whole community of other passionate pilots, just as eager to learn.
We periodically hold Live class sessions for a 2 week period. In a live class you can interact with your instructor and ask questions. Take time and slow down as a class on topics that are more difficult, and learn from other insightful thoughts and questions.
In between periods where we do live classes, get access to all the recorded material until it’s time for another live class.
We think we’re pretty lucky to get to fly in Alaska. Our home base here at AviatorTraining is just minutes away from the backcountry. Year round we face ever-changing and challenging weather. No matter the time or place, we’re always having to apply important aviation knowledge in a real way.
One of the main goals of the class is to successfully prepare you to pass the FAA Written Test for the Private Pilot License. This is no small group of subjects. Over the duration of our class, we’ll be focusing on building a solid base of aviation knowledge, in addition to sharing tips and answering questions from the Written Test.
Remember in school when you could ask a teacher a question right away? Whether you attend our Live Class, or watch the recordings, you’ll be able to ask questions, interact with other students, and feel part of a classroom type experience. If you can’t join our live sessions, you can get your questions answered as well through comments or email.
Of course, you want a high score on your Written Test. Since when did a high test score mean someone was automatically good at something? By starting with a base of solid knowledge first, you’ll pass the Written Test as a result of your knowledge. True value is being a lifelong, safe aviator, not passing a single test with a high score. We focus on the whole picture.
This course is worth every cent, Chris is a very passionate instructor and will get you to your next level. This course is so much better than a online course (non live course) you can ask questions, have discussions with other students. I recommend anybody that is very serious on getting there Private Pilots License to take this course.
First off, I had just caught up on the Aviator Cast podcast when this ground school began. So it was a trip to be able to be in class with the guy I'd been listening to every time I was driving. I emailed Chris a question about starting flight training and he was very prompt and helpful, and told me I should look into this ground school. So I did. Being able to interact with someone that I strangely already felt comfortable with (thanks Aviator Cast, one way relationship, I know) was huge in that I had full confidence in the process. Learning from actual experiences and stories made the information easier to latch onto and more tangible. The online meetings are the meat and potatoes of the course, but Chris makes himself available if anyone has any questions or thoughts outside the meeting times. I am even more excited going forward from here than I was coming in to the class, and I was already super excited about it! This was my first step toward learning to fly, and I am proud to say it began with Chris Palmer. He has an innate charismatic ability to exude passion and excitement for aviation, and to me, those qualities make the absolute best teachers.
What can I tell you about this training? when you first look into it, it seems like a gamble to give someone, who you may not know that well, money to teach you about things you don't really know much about. Well let me tell you, this training has been one of the most valuable tools in my aviation career. If you don't know Chris Palmer then give him a call, talk with him and you will soon see his passion for teaching and for aviation. He prepares you for you test, but he also gives you real life experience and scenarios from an experienced Alaskan pilot. He helps explain and expand on things that just don't quite make sense when you read them out of a book. I couldn't tell you enough about how valuable it is to have this training in my back pocket. So take the jump, join the training, and be ready for your world to be rocked with outstanding training and rock solid knowledge.
Each live class session can last as long as 3 hours. There will be breaks as well.
10 class sessions at 3 hours each is 30 hours of training. Duration could be longer or shorter, as needed.
We will be doing a class every weeknight for two weeks.
Plan on about 2 weeks from start to finish. Time flies when you’re having fun.
Playback on virtually any device that is connected to the internet.
If you miss a live class session, you can play it back later.
Enjoy 30 hours of jam packed, in-depth training.
The Kit includes:
We’re invested in your success. For that reason, you’ll have access to all the material for one year. During that timeframe you can retake the Live Class if you’d like, as much as you’d like. This all but guarantees that you’ll eventually grasp all the concepts and knowledge.
What happens if you miss a class? Well, they’ll be archived immediately following class so you can view the session. Even weeks and months down the road, you’ll be able to re-watch the class sessions.
An industry only, interact live with an instructor during the lessons. Like a classroom, but anywhere.
Right now we’re shooting for Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Likely starting at 8PM and running until 11PM Eastern
There is a difference between ground school and ground instruction. Ground instruction is typically given during a flight lesson before and/or after the flight portion of the lesson. Ground School meets a requirement to pass what is called a Written Test, required by the FAA. This Knowledge Test requires understanding of many subjects areas. Without a Ground School course, students won’t have a head-start when going to those flight lessons, and will likely spend more time and money getting their license.
Starting concurrently is the bare minimum. To start Flight Training first, and ground training (or ground school) later, will mean increases in time and cost. Students are best prepared by first taking a ground school, and then going to flight lessons, or at the very least starting them concurrently.
While you can start flight training without having started a Ground School, you’ll find that your progress is slowed by not knowing the subjects ahead of time. By having much of the book/class knowledge out of the way with a Ground School before starting, you’ll find your progress through flight training is much faster.
The Written Exam is valid for 2 years after the date of completion, giving the student more than enough time to go through flight training.
There are three tests required to become a private pilot; a Written Exam, Oral Exam and Practical Test. The Oral Exam and Practical Test are commonly referred to as the Checkride. The Checkride cannot begin without the Written Exam being completed ahead of time.
Our Ground School will help you complete and pass that required Written Test that you can then take to your Checkride.
As mentioned in other answers above, Ground School is much better completed prior to or at at the start of flight training.
This course is accredited by way of our instructor being FAA certificated. It counts just like any other school or University.
Nope. That’s the assumption we start with, that the class is starting from nothing. We’ll cover it from the ground up.
The other books are quite necessary, especially the actually flight planning tools you’ll be required to use on the test. Unfortunately, it does come with a bit of book work. There’s no way to get by without having some reading time involved. The FAR/AIM changes from year to year, and ends up being a waste if used in paper form. I prefer to use an app for FAR/AIM because it’s searchable. I’ll talk about that in the class as well (and how to manage a lot of other data)
Likely, yes, but I don’t have a timeframe for now. It’ll be a few months at least. This is a good time to get the ground school done as weather only gets better after March, which is better for the flying part of training.