Private Pilot Ground School

Learning the knowledge component of aviation is an important part of your flight training. San Carlos Flight Center is proud to offer an interactive, immersive, and fun Private Pilot Ground School. Our course is taught in-person, which allows students to ask questions and collaborate with other participants. The twelve-week course goes beyond the basics, and you will walk away with a deeper understanding of aviation concepts, as well as preparing you for the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test, which is required for anyone working towards a pilot license.

Our class is taught weekly by Herb Patten, a Flight Instructor who is the Flight Center’s Chief Pilot. Classes are offered weekly on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM. In addition to the lectures, we have virtual office hours, giving you further help on complex topics, as well as workshops and field trips to let students see what they’re learning.

As lectures are independent from each other, new students can join the course at any point, and continue until they have completed each lesson. We also allow you to remain on our roster for two years, so you can retake the course or review topics whenever you need to.

The course costs $350, which includes all lectures, online content, workshops, office hours, our Ground School workbook, and field trips.

The in-person course has limited availability. To check availability or sign up for the in-person course, contact the Front Desk at (650) 946-1700.

To register for our online course to move at your own pace, please register below.

Cost:  $350

Instructor: Herb Patten

Yes, provided you pass this course, we will endorse you to take the Knowledge test.

Students enrolled in Ground School are required to bring the following:

  • FAA Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (FAA-H-8083-25B), 2016
  • ASA Private Pilot Test Prep
  • Rotating Plotter
  • E6B Flight Computer

You can find these supplies at San Carlos Aviation & Pilot Supply or online.

We don’t have a minimum age! As long as students can follow lectures and are interested in learning the concepts, they are welcome at Ground School!