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Private Pilot Ground School

Private Pilot Ground School

Next school To Be Announced

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:


New York Sectional Chart

FAA VFR Sectional Charts (pdf)

Can also get paper copies at most FBO’s





Unit 1: Principles of Flight




        Major Airplane Components

        Control Surfaces

        Landing Gear


        Power plant

        Aircraft Classifications


    Four Forces of Flight:

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

        Newton’s Third Law


        Airfoil Terminology

        Airfoil Design

        Pilot Control of Lift


        Angle of Attack and Airspeed





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




        Left Turning Tendencies


        Ground Effect


Unit 3: Aircraft Stability




        Static Stability


        Dynamic Stability


        Longitudinal Stability




        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




Unit 5: Federal Aviation Regulations




    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


        Change of State

        Clouds and Fog

        Dew and Frost

        Weather Patterns

        Air Masses


        Weather Hazards




        Restrictions to Visibility


Unit 7: The Flight Environment

        Airspace Review

        Special use Airspace

        Other Airspace

        Basic Navigation


        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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