Private Pilot Ground School

GROUND SCHOOLS

Pass the first time, every time.

Taking your FAA exams can be stressful and even intimidating.

We’ve been there! That’s why we offer incredibly thorough preparatory ground schools. In one weekend we equip you with the knowledge and confidence to take, and pass, your Private and Instrument FAA written exams.

Weekend Private Pilot Ground School

What's included in the Private Pilot Ground School:

  • Runs Friday-Sunday, starting at 12 noon on Friday
  • 24 hrs. of classroom test preparation
  • Sport/Private Pilot written test endorsement (endorsement only given after successful completion of 2 practice tests with a score of 80% or above)
  • Lunch is provided on the second day

What Else Do I Need:

  • Jeppeson – Private Pilot – Airman Knowledge Test Guide. This book is included with Private Pilot Ground School purchase and can be picked up at Thrust Flight.
    • E6b flight computer
    • Dallas/Forth Worth Sectional (electronic version on a tablet or computer is acceptable)
    • Paper and pen

$395

Weekend Instrument Pilot Ground School

What's included in the Instrument Pilot Ground School:

  • Runs Friday-Sunday, 8:00-18:00 hrs. all three days
  • 24 hrs. of classroom test preparation
  • Instrument Pilot written test endorsement (endorsement only given after successful completion of 2 practice tests with a score of 80% or above)
  • Lunch is included on the first day

What Else Do I Need:

  • ASA – Instrument – Test Prep 2020. This book is included with a ground school purchase and can be picked up at Thrust Flight.
  • E6b flight computer
  • Dallas/Forth Worth low IFR chart (electronic version on a tablet or computer is acceptable)
  • Approach Plates for the Dallas/Fort Worth Area (Again Electronic Versions are Ok) Paper and pen

Ready to sign up for your weekend Instrument ground school? Check out our next start dates with the button below.

$395

Frequently Asked Questions About Weekend Ground School

Is ground school required for a private pilot license?

Yes, students need to take ground school. But there are many delivery methods available. You can take a live, in person class or live online class. There are also recorded programs available to purchase.

How long does private pilot ground school take?

Our private pilot ground school takes two and a half days. It starts on Friday at 12:00pm and ends at 5pm. Then it runs all day Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 5pm with a break for lunch. 

Our instrument pilot ground school runs 3 full days. It starts on a Friday and runs from 8am to 5pm from Friday to Sunday.

Can you do ground school online?

While we prefer in person ground school we do offer it both online and in person at this time.

Can a CFI teach ground school?

Yes, a CFI can teach ground school. In fact we give many of our best CFI’s the chance to teach a portion of our ground schools each month.

How hard is ground school?

The purpose of our weekend ground school is to prepare you for the FAA written exam. So it’s supposed to be hard. We’re here to make sure you are fully prepared. If we made it easy you’d probably fail the FAA written exam.

How to study for ground school?

Before coming to ground school make sure you have all of the necessary supplies (if you attend our weekend ground school they are included). We recommend attending ground school after you’ve had a few flight lessons so you’re exposed to the topics that will be covered.

While in class take notes and make sure you record topics you have a harder time with so you can study them further on your own or with a flight instructor.

What does ground school consist of?

Weekend ground school consists of three days of classroom time where an instructor teaches the knowledge in lecture format. And then reinforces understanding by completing actual practice questions from the FAA knowledge test bank.

Is there a ground school for commercial pilots?

We don’t offer a live ground school for commercial since we haven’t had a student demand for it. But there are other options for commercial pilots to take ground school.

What are good ground school books for private pilots?

The book we teach our class from is Jeppesen Airman Knowledge Test Prep book. Another great great book is the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge.

How much does ground school cost?

At Thrust Flight, private pilot weekend ground school costs $395 as does our weekend instrument ground school.

Which is better, online ground school vs. in person ground school?

While many of our students prefer in person ground school we provide both options, allowing you to participate from the comfort of home.

In person ground school however, does give you the chance to interact with other pilots around the flight school and participate in the lunch on the second day.