Start on the path to getting your certificate by joining in on our Private Pilot Ground School! Our 12-week group 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. While our course will consist of lectures centered on the text and may include additional articles from the current world of general aviation, we designed it to keep students having fun while learning.


When:  Two classes to choose from 
Tuesdays evenings 6:30pm to 9:00pm
or Sunday mornings 10:00am to 1:00pm

Cost:  $350
Enrollment: Enroll at any time by calling our front desk at (650) 946-1700

Click here to download the Ground School Sign Up Form
Please email completed form to or drop it off in person at SCFC

Course Cycle

You can join Ground School at any time because lessons are relatively independent from each other and each cycle begins when the last one ends.


Course Materials

-  Ground School Workbook for Private Pilots (provided by SCFC)

-  FAA’s Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (FAA-H-8083-25B), 2016

-  ASA Private Pilot Test Prep

-  ASA’s Rotating Plotter

-  ASA’s Aluminum E6B Flight Computer

Topics Covered

  • Airplanes & Aerodynamics
  • Aircraft Engines & Systems
  • Airworthiness
  • Flight Instruments
  • Airport Operations
  • Airspace
  • Radio Communication
  • ATC
  • Weather Theory
  • Aeromedical Factors
  • Weather Services
  • Aeronautical Decision Making
  • Aviation Regulations
  • Aircraft Weight & Balance
  • Aircraft Performance
  • VFR Charts
  • Cross-Country Flight Planning
  • Navigation Systems

Course Schedule