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Private Pilot Ground School

Private Pilot Ground School

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In order to earn a Private Pilot’s License, the Federal Aviation Administration requires a student to pass three tests: a written test, oral test and flight test. The private pilot ground school’s main objective is to give the instruction necessary for the student to be confident to pass the written and oral portion of their private pilot test.

 

Where: TBD

 

When: Start TBD, Bi-Monthly on Sundays TBD-TBD pm. Occupies Aerospace Special Interest Group (ASIG) timeslot. Dependent on MA007 meeting schedule.

 

Instructors: Lt Col Kent H. Hartig, FAA-Advanced Ground Instructor (AGI), Mr. Joseph Iwuc, Meteorology and Lt Col Shelley Rosenbaum-Lipman, AGI and Certified Flight Instructor (CFII).

 

Eligibility: (8 students minimum, 10 maximum, in order):

 

  • Goddard Cadets who will attain the age of 15 by the end of the school. This is an FAA requirement. Cost will be $50 (payable to Goddard Cadet Squadron).

  • Goddard Seniors. Cost will be $50 (payable to Goddard Cadet Squadron).

  • MA National Guard personnel: Cost will be $50 (payable to Goddard Cadet Squadron)

  • Cadets and seniors from other squadrons. Cadet eligibility will apply as in 1 above. Cost for cadets/seniors will be $50 (payable to Goddard Cadet Squadron).

  • Non CAP personnel. Cost will be $150 (payable to Goddard Cadet Squadron).

 

Optional Materials:

GLEIM PRIVATE PILOT KIT WITH ONLINE TEST

New York Sectional Chart

FAA VFR Sectional Charts (pdf)

Can also get paper copies at most FBO’s

 

 

Schedule:

 

Unit 1: Principles of Flight

 

    Airplanes:

 

        Major Airplane Components

        Control Surfaces

        Landing Gear

        Brakes

        Power plant

        Aircraft Classifications

 

    Four Forces of Flight:

        Bernoulli’s Principle                 - Click on title for complete text on this section

        Newton’s Third Law

        Lift

        Airfoil Terminology

        Airfoil Design

        Pilot Control of Lift

        Stalls

        Angle of Attack and Airspeed

        Weight

        Thrust

        Drag

 

Unit 2: Aerodynamics of Maneuvering Flight

 

        Three Axes of Flight

 

        Center of Gravity

 

        Forces acting on a climbing airplane

 

        Forces acting on a descending airplane

 

        Forces acting on a turning airplane

 

        Load Factor

 

        Stalls

 

        Left Turning Tendencies

 

        Ground Effect

 

Unit 3: Aircraft Stability

 

        Definitions

 

        Static Stability

 

        Dynamic Stability

 

        Longitudinal Stability

 

        Balance

 

        Tail Loads

 

        Center of Gravity

 

        Lateral Stability

 

        Directional Stability

 

        Stall and Spin Awareness

 

 Quiz on Units 1-3

 

Unit 4a: Aircraft Systems and Performance

 

                          

    Pitot Static Instruments

 

    Gyroscopic Instruments

 

Unit 4b: Aircraft Systems and Performance

 

    Engines and Propeller

 

    Fuel and Electrical Systems

 

    Performance

 

Unit 5: Federal Aviation Regulations

 

    Definitions

 

    License Criteria – Part 61

 

    General Operating rules – Part 91

 

    Rules pertaining to Aircraft Accidents, etc. – NTSB 830

 

Unit 6: Meteorology

 

    Basic Weather Theory                         - Click on title for complete text on this section

        Coriolis force

        Global and Local Wind Patterns

        Moisture

        Change of State

        Clouds and Fog

        Dew and Frost

        Weather Patterns

        Air Masses

        Fronts

        Weather Hazards

        Thunderstorms

        Turbulence

        Icing

        Restrictions to Visibility

 

Unit 7: The Flight Environment

        Airspace Review

        Special use Airspace

        Other Airspace

        Basic Navigation

        Charts

        Basic Flight Planning

        Radio Navigation

 

Unit 8: Aviation Physiology and Flight Planning

        Quiz on Units 4-7

        Aviation Physiology

        Cross Country Flight Planning

 

Unit 9: Cross Country Flight Planning Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

 

Unit 10: Preparation for taking the Knowledge Test

        Locations and Scheduling

        Gleim Practice Review

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