Ground School

Private Pilot

About the Course

This fully-online ground school prepares students for the Private Pilot Airplane written and oral exams, and contains a lot of practical, real-world knowledge. We present information in a way that allows pilots to begin applying knowledge right away, regardless of their experience level.

This course contains over 70 lecture videos, 200+ flashcard questions, section quizzes and dozens of handouts and study guides. It is organized into the following sections, which can be completed in any order.

  • Pilot Qualifications
  • Airworthiness
  • Aerodynamics
  • Systems
  • Airport Operations
  • Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs)
  • ATC and Radio Procedures
  • National Airspace System (NAS)
  • Weather
  • Weather Products
  • Performance
  • Navigation Systems
  • Cross Country Planning

At the end of the course are 2 final exams which imitate the FAA Private Pilot Airplane written test. We've designed our material and tests to help you walk into your written test confident and prepared!

With this ground school you also get a team of dedicated flight instructors and career pilots available by email or phone to answer any questions you have. We are always striving to find innovative, effective ways to welcome new pilots to the community the best way we know how — with a solid academic foundation. Welcome!


Virtual Chalkboard

We start most lessons from a blank-slate. Students can watch concepts as they are developed. If a lesson is about carburetors, we'll draw the whole thing, piece by piece. This solidifies concepts in students' minds.


We supplement video-lessons with handouts, study guides and useful graphics to maximize learning and retention. Many handouts are also useful for quick-reference while studying.

Flashcard Questions

Flashcards are a very popular and useful method of learning. We've created hundreds of questions to assist students in making flashcards. With so much to learn, knowing where to start can be confusing. Our questions help students prioritize.


Graduation certificates are issued after a student completes a course. This endorsement doubles as an endorsement to take the FAA written exam.

Choose Your Pace

Courses are self-directed, and students can move as fast or slow as they'd like. Sections can be completed in any order, giving students and instructors flexibility.

Practice Tests

At the end of each section is a review quiz. At the end of the course, students can take practice tests designed to imitate the real FAA written exam. Our practice tests contain many of the same figures on the current written exam.

Virtual Blackboard

In a perfect world, every aspiring pilot would learn ground school information in the classroom from well-organized lectures. We think our virtual blackboard lessons are a close second. Each lesson starts from scratch, and lessons are to-the-point. No death-by-powerpoint, or mid-lecture marketing gimmicks. Your learning is our focus, and the material is organized accordingly.

Graphical Handouts

Dozens of handouts and study guides to complement video-learning

This traffic pattern guide is just one of many handouts included in our Private Pilot Ground School

These elegant handouts help students visualize difficult topics like the mechanics of raising landing gear, or chaining aerodynamic forces across an airfoil. Relevant handouts are included in each lesson and accessible any time in the Flight Bag, so that students can return to them any time they want.

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Course Instructors

Andrew and Jake instructed together for several years, and they have very similar instruction philosophies. Both now bring their knowledge and skill from other flying careers to Flight Apprentice to give students a well-rounded education. They are passionate about helping students gain practical knowledge so that they can apply their skills as confident aviators.

Andrew Moon

Andrew is a flight instructor and corporate pilot on the Cessna Citation Jet and Pilatus PC-12 and several other light twins. He's also a former assistant chief flight instructor, FBO director of operations and sheriff department pilot.

Jake Roach

Jake is a flight instructor and Boeing 737 first officer and is type rated in several other jet and turboprop airplanes. As an instructor, he developed training materials for the flight school to help improve students' training experience and progress.

Support Tomorrow's Aviators

Every time you subscribe to a Flight Apprentice course, we set aside a donation of 6 months of course access which we donate to someone else. Often these donations are made through certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations like museums.

Satisfaction Guaranteed!

If you use the course and decide it isn't what you're looking for within two weeks, we'll refund your money, no questions asked.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

If you use the course and decide it isn't what you're looking for within two weeks, we'll refund your money, no questions asked.


Embark on your pilot journey! Let us help you build the foundation to last you a lifetime.

Your Course Includes

Written Test Preparation
Oral Test Preparation
FAA Style Practice Tests
Written Test Endorsement
Develop real-world knowledge
Course study guide
100+ video lectures
200+ flashcard questions
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Practice quizzes
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