199 Airport Road

Sanford, Maine 04073

Open 7 days a week from 7 AM to 5 PM

Open until 7 PM from Memorial Day through Labor Day



Private Pilot Ground School


Next Class Begins

Sept. 16th - Nov. 18th

Saturday mornings 8:00 AM until Noon
cost is $325

Click here for information on Instrument Ground School Classes

Ground school sessions for the private or sport pilot knowledge test (the material is very similar) 3 times per year, in the spring, fall, and summer.

Each course is 9 weeks long, for 36 hours of classroom time, the total cost is $325 (books and supplies not included, call for pricing, see suggested list below). This course will cover all the information you need to pass the FAA knowledge test for your pilot license (the written exam).


The course is based on the Jeppesen Private Pilot Mannual (PPM), and all students are required to purchase minimum reference material(call for details), but other resources can be used such as the (free online) FAA Pilot Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge. You will also need to purchase a flight computer (E6B), sectional and plotter. Former students of our classes are encouraged and welcome to sit in on any future class sessions for no charge, just to brush up on a topic.


Week 1: Overview, Airplane Systems and Structure (Chaps 1, 2)
Week 2: Aerodynamics, Safety, Airports (Chaps 3, 4.1, 4.2)
Week 3: Charts, Airspace (Chaps 4.3, 4.4, 5.1)
Week 4: ATC, Radio Communications, Flight Info (Chaps 5.2, 5.3)
Week 5: Weather (Chaps 6, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4)
Week 6: Pilotage & Dead Reckoning, VOR Navigation (Chaps 9.1, 9.2, 9.4)
Week 7:Flight Planning (Chapters 11.1, 11.2)
Week 8: Physiology, Decision Making, Regulations (Chaps 10.1, 10.2)
Week 9: Regulations and Summary


We also offer an instrument ground school class , Classes will be offered at a later date. It is also 9 weeks long and will run on Saturday's from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The cost is $350.00 plus books and materials.


For other ratings, all ground instruction is done one-on-one with the student and instructor unless a small group can be assembled to share the costs.



Suggested Materials
Private Pilot, Airplane, ACS

Private Pilot, GFD

Private Pilot Maneuvers

GFD, Private Pilot Syllabus

Private Stage Exam Book

Private Oral Exam Guide

Test Guide, Private

Far Aim 2017

Private Pilot Exam

Private Pilot Supplement Book

172SIM Nav II POH or 172s NAV III G1000

Student Flight Record Folder

Flight Computer