Private Pilot Ground School: Your First Steps to Flying

Get started with the basics of flight!
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  • Lectures 63
  • Length 4.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 7/2013 English

Course Description

This course is designed to give you the ground knowledge to pass the FAA's Private Pilot Knowledge Test ...but I'm not there yet. Right now, I have about three chapters of useful material complete. It's valuable stuff, though. There's 3+ hours of material. I'd charge my students $60 per hour for that. This is an incredible deal!

Definitely start your flight training concurrently with this course. I've added a few useful handouts and put FAA sample questions throughout the material.

What are the requirements?

  • None

What am I going to get from this course?

  • At the end of this course, students should be able to achieve 70% or greater on the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test

What is the target audience?

  • Private Pilot Students
  • Those interested in earning a private pilot's license
  • Aviation enthusiasts

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Intro
Preview
05:00
Section 1: Aircraft Structure
Four Forces of Flight
Preview
01:19
Axes and Controls
03:29
Airplane Components
02:44
Landing Gear
02:42
Wing Components
03:20
Types of Flaps
Preview
01:22
Empennage Components
02:56
Aircraft Structure Quiz
4 questions
Section 2: Aerodynamics
Newton's Laws
05:10
Magnus Effect
03:13
Bernoulli's Principle
04:06
Lift
02:48
Airfoil Parts
03:10
Center of Pressure Movements
03:08
Wing Tip Vortices
04:31
Forces of Flight ...Again
07:41
Weight
02:19
Thrust
03:40
Drag
11:04
Lift ...Again
04:33
Flaps
02:25
Wing Tip Vortices ...Again
03:47
Ground Effect
05:04
Aerodyamics Quiz
8 questions
Section 3: Advanced Aerodynamics
Forces During Turns
04:18
Load Factor
06:50
Adverse Yaw
02:08
Turn Quality
03:24
Torque Effect
03:18
Spiraling Slipstream
01:03
Gyroscopic Effect
02:29
P-Factor
03:31
Stall Basics
04:04
Stall Speed
07:01
Spin Aerodynamics
07:19
Flight Envelope
06:12
Section 4: Aircraft Systems
Basics of Combustion
04:23
Combustion Cycle
02:38
Engine Types
Preview
10:01
The Four Stroke Engine
Preview
04:50
Basic Reciprocating Engine Design
04:46
Propeller Types
07:25
Carburetors
10:02
Carb Icing and Carb Heat
06:01
Fuel Injection
04:52
Engine Controls
07:31
Oil System
06:52
Ignition System
14:25
Starting System
04:53
Electrical System
12:19
Section 5: Private Pilot Basics
Private Pilot Privileges and Limitations
03:30
Categorization of Airmen
06:00
Categorization of Aircraft
11:53
2 questions

Covers how the FAA categorizes both aircraft and airmen

Section 6: Required Documents
Intro
00:58
Air Worthiness Certificate
00:53
Registration
01:02
Radio Station License
01:02
Operating Handbook
00:35
Weight and Balance
01:33
Aircraft Documents Quiz
2 questions
Pilot Certificate
01:49
Medical Certificate
03:04
Photo ID
00:46
Radio Operator's Permit
00:38
Pilot Document Quiz
4 questions
4 pages

Key points are listed here. Print this document out and stuff it in a notebook or save it somewhere for quick access.

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Instructor Biography

Chris Dupin, Certified Flight Instructor

Chris is currently an active duty US Air Force officer and a weekend-warrior flight instructor. In the Air Force, Chris has over 1,000 hours in the F-15E and is a graduate of the US Air Force Test Pilot School. As a Test Pilot School graduate, Chris has experience in 40+ different aircraft types ranging from the Goodyear Blimp to the Swedish JAS-39 Grippen fighter jet. In the civilian aviation realm, Chris is an active flight instructor at East Coast Aero Club in the greater Boston metropolitan area. On the side, Chris is pursuing a MBA through Boston University

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