Student Pilot Fundamentals

Course Content

There are key concepts that are critical to a pilot's understanding of the world around them. Over years of instruction, we've seen time and time again that a solid foundation in aerodynamics, flight controls, basic maneuvers, and general procedures can make a big difference for new pilots — helping them learn faster and spend less money and time on the beginning stages of training. This course is designed to give students the foundation we wish they all had — and wish we had — when starting flight training.

This course contains 5 sections —

  1. Using Your Course
  2. Aerodynamic Fundamentals
  3. Systems
  4. The Training Process
  5. Flight Fundamentals


At the end of your course is a final quiz to test your knowledge. You can go back in the course as often as you like, and we recommend a brief review before you take your first flight


Virtual Blackboard

Our blackboard lecture videos present complex ideas simply. They are to the point — no mid-lecture marketing gimmicks or long tangents. Our entire focus is helping you learn well, and our material is organized accordingly.

Graphical Handouts

Included in the course is a selection of graphical guides from our premium courses hand-picked to help you make the most of your training.

These elegant handouts help students visualize difficult topics like the mechanics of raising landing gear, or changing aerodynamic forces across an airfoil. Relevant handouts are included in each lesson. Paid subscribers receive access to the entire Flight Bag, which contains over 50 handouts, study guides and summary documents.

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"Thank you for explaining pressure altitude in a more simplified way! You keep it simple and it's really helping me SO much not to be overwhelmed."

Julia Former Student

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Christine Flight Instructor

"Both of these instructors deliver the sometimes difficult topics with an easy manner. They are pure professionals."

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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.