Aviators are made.
Nobody is born knowing how to fly, but that’s why we’re here. Our fundamentals-focused ground school can make you a competent, confident aviator.
Pass your written test. Learn beyond it.
You’ll graduate ready to ace your FAA written exam, but the true value you’ll receive is in the mental models, habits, and core philosophies that will follow you for life.
Keep It Simple
Many ground schools just republish wordy government documents. That’s not our style. We want you to understand. Our virtual-blackboard lecture videos are short and cut right to the why of the topic at hand, with an average of just 5-7 minutes per lesson.
Built 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!
Built For The Future
Seamlessly switch between our desktop and mobile environments. And if you’re an iOS user, you can download our app!
More in your wallet.
Our students save money: not only through our competitive prices, but because the techniques we teach save them time where it’s most expensive: with the engine running!
This course prepares you for the FAA Private Pilot Airplane written test, and also includes lots of information to prepare you for the oral exam and beyond. First and foremost, this course should help you graduate with a conceptual framework to use in your own flying journey—whether it's a career flying jets or a rewarding hobby!
Approach multi-engine flying like a professional! The multi-engine course is designed specifically for career-bound pilots who are quickly going to advance from a Piper Seminole or Cessna 310 to something 10x heavier and twice as complicated. We emphasize simplicity, developing mental models, and—like our other courses—aerodynamic understanding.
Want to pay less?
We also offer bundled subscriptions for serious students who are pursuing flying careers.
- Student Pilot Course
- Jumpstart your training to save time & money!
- Direct message your instructors.
- Study with our iOS App
- Full access to the content library
- Comprehensive study guides
- Lifetime access to everything from Learner, plus —
- Access to all single courses as they are made available!
Subscriptions are most cost-effective for students completing each course in 2-3 months. Each subscription tier includes all relevant pre-requisite content. All upgrades are pro-rated. Cancel anytime.
“Flight Apprentice made all the difference on my flying journey. I’m the type of student needs to have information presented four different ways before I can understand it, but they made things click instantly!
I would highly recommend Flight Apprentice to anyone looking to start training!”
“These instructors deliver the sometimes difficult topics with an easy manner. They are pure professionals.”
“Flight Apprentice is amazing! It is simplifying everything.”..
“They keep it simple and it’s really helping me SO much not to be overwhelmed.”
“The questions at the bottom of the videos are perfect. It’s like questioning my student after I’ve just lectured.”
Flight Instructor & Airline Pilot
“I’m really impressed with the quality of the handouts. Seriously gold!”
“The lessons are detailed and thorough yet broken down into small enough pieces where you aren’t being overloaded with information”
“There are some complex subjects such as aerodynamics that are broken down well. The program has given me a tremendous amount of knowledge in a short amount of time and I feel well prepared for flight training.”
“This program excels at breaking down concepts into bite size pieces. Not only did Flight Apprentice help me pass my written exam with flying colors, but the program also made integrating concepts in the cockpit easy and fun.”
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get started?
The very first thing you should go do is take an introductory flight! Find a local flight school, call them and ask to schedule an introductory flight. You’ll be able to fly with as instructor and see if this passion is right for you!
What do I do after my intro flight?
After your intro flight, you want to make sure the flight school is a good fit for you, and that they have availability. You should also create a plan for paying for training. Once that’s accomplished, you shouls start looking at ground school options.
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.