Aviators are made, not born.
That’s why we offer pilots a simple, fundamentals-based education that prepares them for the real world.
Pass your written test. Learn beyond it.
Your education is so much more than a written test. While our graduates are well-prepared for, and receive an endorsement to take their FAA written exam, our higher goal is instilling the mental models, habits, and core philosophies that safe pilots will use the rest of their lives.
No long lectures.
Our virtual-blackboard videos are short and cut right to the why of the topic at hand, with an average of just 5-7 minutes per lesson.
Good news for visual learners:
All students have access to an ever-growing library of 40+ visual handouts, study guides, and “cheat sheets.”
We’re a team of instructors with diverse backgrounds that include airline, corporate, and aerobatic flying. While your course has a single dedicated instructor, you have a whole team supporting you!
And you can message your instructors directly and study with others in our classroom forums!
Modern platform. Timeless ideas.
Our e-learning platform is fully mobile-compatible and allows you to view lessons, take quizzes, message instructors, and ask your classmates questions anywhere with a web browser and internet!
And if you’re an iOS user, you can download our dedicated mobile app for max convenience!
From the Community
“Flight Apprentice made all the difference on my journey to a Private Pilot’s Certificate. I’m the type of person that typically needs to have information presented to me four different ways before I can understand it, but the way they explain the material made things click instantly!
I would highly recommend Flight Apprentice to anyone looking to start training!”
Blake Commercial Pilot
Kelly Flight Instructor
Julia Student Pilot
Seth Commercial Pilot
Joe Student Pilot
Christine Flight Instructorr
Chad Flight Instructor
Alex Flight Instructor, Multi-Engine Graduate
Frequently Asked Questions
What is ground school?
When new pilots learn to fly, training consists of two broad areas: flight training in the airplane, and ground school outside of the airplane. Flight training is all the fun, super cool stuff you see on social media, while ground school is learning a ton of academic content. It’s way less cool. But, ground training is what sets the foundation for everything else. Flying an airplane has a much steeper learning curve than, say, driving a car. You kinda need to know what’s going on around you—from the weather, to your airplane’s engine, to a myriad of federal regulations. That all comes from ground school, and when students study on the ground it’s usually very obvious in the air.
In the old days, you’d get a book and some lectures from an instructor. These days, a lot of ground school is done online because it’s more cost-effective, and allows students to advance at their own pace. Ground school is traditionally “complete” when you pass the FAA Written Test. To us, ground school is complete when the written is done, and you have the knowledge you need to crush the rest of your flight training!
Do you have a flight school?
Not yet! Our team really enjoys teaching and flying in general aviation airplanes. But we only instruct on a very part-time basis because we all fly jets full-time. Maybe one day!
Can I get an instructors help?
Always! Each course has a dedicated course instructor ready to help. You can directly message your instructor from the course, and we encourage it! This team is here for you.
Why Flight Apprentice over other programs?
We’ll be the first to say there are great online ground school programs out there! We find that many students benefit from our particular teaching style, which emphasizes core principles that build on each other to create a final model. We sincerely think this is the best way to teach new pilots because it shows pilots how to think, not just what to know. This makes our program inherently more challenging, because it requires critical thinking—not just memorization. But pilots who embrace the challenge are deservedly more confident, competent, and better equipped to succeed in their aviation endeavors.
Is there a free trial version?
We don’t offer a free trial, but we do offer a 14-day money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied with your course or subscription. Just reach out to us and we’ll take care of it! No questions asked.
Do you offer bulk rates for instructors and flight schools?
Yes, on a case-by-case basis. Reach out if you are interested!
Is my device compatible with Flight Apprentice ground schools?
Almost certainly. Our program is compatible with all modern web-browsers including Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge.
Do you have an app?
Yes! We have an iOS app for iPhone and iPad that can be download from the Apple App Store. The app also works on the latest models of Mac and iMacs.
Can I cancel my subscription anytime?
Yes! No offense, but we don’t want you to stick around in your Private Pilot Course forever. We want you to graduate, cancel, and move on to whatever is next!! You can always cancel or pause your subscription from your account page.
How long does it take to complete the ground school program?
The total time varies by program and by student. Generally, we encourage students to plan for 80 hours of preparation each for the Private and Instrument courses, and 40 hours for Commercial. If you just click through the lessons it takes way less time. But you will understand the concepts way worse! Getting the most from our programs requires you to study like you would in a challenging collegiate course. Ask questions, use flashcards, take notes, and think critically.