Where: San Carlos Flight Center
655 Skyway Road, Suite 215
San Carlos, CA 94070
When: Tuesdays 6:30pm - 9:00pm (Weekly Class)

Cost: $250

The course covers everything that you need to know to pass the written exam administered by the FAA.
Plus, get helpful hints to pass your checkride!
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  • Aerodynamics
  • Aircraft Engines & Systems
  • Flight Instruments
  • FAA Regulations
  • Airport Operations
  • Airspace
  • Aeromedical Factors

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  • Weather Theory
  • Weather Services
  • Flight Instruments
  • VFR Charts
  • Navigation Systems
  • Radio Communication
  • Cross-Country Flight Planning


Enroll at ANY TIME.  For more information, call (650) 946-1700 or email dan@sancarlosflight.com

Course Overview

The course covers the breadth of knowledge required by a Private Pilot, with special emphasis placed on the material covered by the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test for Airplanes. Topics include: aerodynamics, aircraft systems, airport operations, FAA regulations, weather theory, weather services, aeronautical decision making, aircraft performance, VFR charts, cross-country planning, and navigation systems. The course material will be supplemented by stories and examples from local San Francisco Bay Area flying.

Course Organization

The course will primarily consist of lectures centered on the course text and may include additional articles from the current world of general aviation. The course is taught regularly in cycles, with one cycle beginning as the previous one ends.

Please note: the modules covered each week are relatively independent from each other, and do not build from one week to the next the way most other classroom courses do. This fact and the cyclical nature of the course allow for new students to join the class at almost any lesson. For example, students that begin with Lesson 6 will continue through Lesson 12, and then return for Lessons 1-5 to finish off the course.

Course Materials

#1 – FAA’s Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (FAA-H-8083-25A), 2008.
Many publishers will offer flight training books with a similar name, but you should be sure to buy the original FAA one. After all, the FAA writes the test you will be taking.

#2 – Ground School Workbook for Private Pilots
This workbook contains optional homework assignments tied to chapters in the FAA’s Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge. You can do the exercises and grade your work yourself.

#3 – ASA Private Pilot Test Prep
This book has questions and study guides that support the FAA Private Pilot knowledge test, and we will refer to the book for quizzes each week. Other publishers (e.g., Gleim) offer test preparation books, but their format and content differ from the ASA book. You are welcome to bring whatever book you like, but you may be at a disadvantage in locating the questions and figures under discussion.


Other Required Equipment:
For Lessons 9, 10, & 11, students will need a Plotter and Flight Computer. I recommend ASA’s Rotating Plotter ($12), and ASA’s Aluminum E6B Flight Computer ($27). The plotter is used to measure distances and angles on charts, and the E6B is used for calculating speeds, distances, wind correction, and a number of other items needed for cross- country planning. *Most airport pilot shops will have these.


Examinations and Grading:
To sit for the FAA Knowledge Test, you must first be endorsed to take the test by the instructor who gave the instruction and reviewed your progress. The endorsement states that you “are proficient to pass” the exam. Each week, I will assess your knowledge and capability via a Quiz on previously covered material and questions about the reading assignment. 85% is passing. If you pass all lesson quizzes by the end of the course, you will take an online practice test in actual test conditions. If you pass the practice exam with 85% or better, I will endorse you to take the real FAA Knowledge Test and you are one step closer to receiving your Private Pilot's license.

To enroll, contact the Flight Center desk agent at (650) 946-1700.

Students in our classes can access the Student Files