​​​​​​​​​​​​​​FREE ONLINE GROUND SCHOOL

Finish Our Private Pilot Ground School In 4 Weeks

  • Completely Free Online Course

    This course is 100% free just show up online for class 3 times a week to complete this online training course! Normally a $600 course.

  • What is the schedule?

    The entire course will be broadcast live over 12 sessions and starts on November 30th at 5PM PST.

    All classes will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. PST

    Exludes Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

    ​​​​​​​The final class will be on December 30th at 5:00 P.M. PST

  • What Will Be Covered in this Course?

    By the conclusion of this course, students will be given the information required to take and pass the FAA Written Knowledge Exam. Students will also have a strong understanding of the knowledge and skills necessary to become a safe and competent pilot and to help prepare them for the FAA Oral Exam. There are no prerequisites for this course.

    This is course is designed for:
    -Experienced Pilots
    -Rusty Pilots
    -Student Pilots
    -People Interested in Aviation

    For a complete listing of topics to be covered, please see our expanded schedule below.

  • Are We Really Offering An Entire Course for FREE?

    Yes! During this unprecedented time in our country's history, the virus COVID-19 has dramatically changed our normal life's, reshaped industries, and has caused a staggering toll on life. Our new normal, is social distancing, staying 6 feet away from others, and only preforming essential functions in our economy. 

    On a normal day you will find us providing in person ground schools for Private, Instrument, and CFI/I students in the Southern California area. After speaking with our team of instructors, we wanted to see how we can give back to our beloved aviation community and to encourage people to start, finish, or brush up on knowledge found within the Private Pilot training course.

    Recently I have received a lot of comments and concerns, in regards to the state of the airline industry and if students should just put their license on hold until everything get better. As an airline pilot, I can tell you that while we have not seen a pandemic in our lifetimes, this is the norm for the industry with booms and busts; from deregulation to 9/11 to the financial crisis to today. 

    I encourage students to take this time while at home to get a head start and don't sit idly by, waiting for situations to resolve themselves. Things will get better, markets and industries will naturally correct, and we will all come out of this together. We are all part of the solution, so during this time of social distancing, lets try to make an impact for the good. 

    -Wishing you Blue Skies and Tailwinds, DT

  • Who is Checkride Prep?

    We are a Part 61 flight school located in Camarillo, CA (KCMA) which has been in business since 2017. Our team specializes in live ground schools for private, instrument, and CFI/I along with helping students prepare for their oral and pratical exams. 

  • FAA Written Test Endorsement

    One of the prerequisites for students to obtain a Private Pilot License is they must take an FAA written exam at an approved testing center. 

    One of the goals of our class is to help you prepare for that written exam through our class lectures.
    In order for students to obtain an signed endorsement FAR 61.105(b)(1-13) to take the FAA Private Pilot Written Exam, students must attend all 12 sessions and take a final exam. The exam will consist of 60 questions that must be passed with an 80% or better.

  • FAA WINGS Credits

    For currently licensed pilots you have the ability to earn up to 3 WINGS credits for this course. We will provide more information on this at the start of the course.

  • Quarantine Proof!

    100% online so no need to come out during this time of social distancing and mandatory quarantines! 

    ​​​​​​​- CLASS 1: INTRO & AERODYNAMICS

    ⦁    Course Introduction
    ⦁    Private Pilot License Requirements & Privileges 
    ⦁    Practical Test Standards
    ⦁    Medical Requirements
    ⦁    Aircraft Components Review
    ⦁    The Four Forces: Lift, Weight, Thrust, & Drag 
    ⦁    Stability & Controllability
    ⦁    Control Surfaces
    ⦁    Basic Aerodynamics
    Assignment: Read Rod Machado Chapters 3 (C1-C26), Chapter 4 (D1-D7), and Chapter 5 (E1-E35)

    - CLASS 2: ENGINES, ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS, FLIGHT INSTRUMENTS

    ⦁    Basic Engine Overview 
    ⦁    Magnetos 
    ⦁    Fuel & Oil System Overview
    ⦁    Carbureted Engines
    ⦁    Fuel Injected Engines
    ⦁    Intro to Electrical Systems 
    ⦁    Batteries, Alternators, & Circuit Breakers 
    ⦁    Electrical Diagrams
    ⦁    Flight Instruments
    ⦁    Pitot Static System
    ⦁    Vacuum Systems
    ⦁    Transponder
    ⦁    Compass Errors
    Assignment: Read Rod Machado Chapter 9 (I1-I34) and Chapter 10 (J1-J14). 
        
     - CLASS 3:  AIRSPACE & AVIATION MAPS

    ⦁    Controlled Airspace: Class A, B, C, D, E
    ⦁    Uncontrolled Airspace: Class G
    ⦁    Special Use Airspace (Restricted, Prohibited, MOA, Alert, Ect.)
    ⦁    Airspace Weather Requirements: Visibility & Cloud Clearances 
    ⦁    Airplane Equipment Requirements 
    ⦁    Aviation Sectional & TAC Charts
    ⦁    Chart Supplement 
    Assignment: Read Rod Machado Chapter 6 (F1-F48). Scan through the FAR/AIM and know the difference between sections 1, 61, and 91.

    - CLASS 4:  FEDERAL AVIATION REGULATIONS

    ⦁    Introduction to Federal Aviation Regulations
    ⦁    FAA Definitions (Part 1)
    ⦁    Student and Private Pilot Privileges & Limitations (Part 61)
    ⦁    VFR Flight Rules (Part 91)
    ⦁    Aircraft Airworthiness ARROW / AVIATED
    ⦁    Inoperative Equipment 91.213
    Assignment: Read Rod Machado Chapter 7 (G1-G28).

    - CLASS 5: INTRO TO AIM & AIRPORT OPERATIONS

    ⦁    Finish Federal Aviation Regulations 
    ⦁    Advisory Circulars 
    ⦁    Pilot Operating Handbooks / Approved Flight Manual
    ⦁    Runway Incursions and Avoidance
    ⦁    Visual Scanning Techniques
    ⦁    Aircraft Right of Way
    ⦁    Wake Turbulence Avoidance

            
    - CLASS 6: AIRPORT OPERATIONS CONTINUED 

    ⦁    Traffic Patterns
    ⦁    Controlled vs. Uncontrolled Airports
    ⦁    Taxi and Ground Operations 
    ⦁    Airport Lighting & Diagrams 
    ⦁    Visual Glide Slope Indicators – VASI, PAPI
    ⦁    Night & Low Visibility Operations 
    ⦁    Land & Hold Short
    ⦁    Airport Hot Spots
    ⦁    Light Gun Signals
      Assignment: Read Rod Machado Chapter 8 (H1-H21)

    - CLASS 7: RADIO OPERATIONS 

    ⦁    Radio Communications Introduction and Techniques
    ⦁    Overview of the National Air Traffic Control System
    ⦁    Clearance, Ground, Tower, Departure, Center, Etc.
    ⦁    Automated Terminal Information (ATIS)
    ⦁    Flight Service Stations (FSS)
    ⦁    Hazardous Inflight Weather Advisories (HIWAS)
    ⦁    Lost Communications Procedures
    ⦁    Camarillo Tower Tour (Tentative)
        Assignment: Read Rod Machado Chapter 11 (K1- K30)

    - CLASS 8: RADIO NAVIGATION

    ⦁    Electronic/Radio Navigation
    ⦁    Very High Frequency Omnidirectional Range (VOR)
    ⦁    Non-Directional Beacons (NDB)
    ⦁    Area Navigation
    ⦁    GPS 
        Assignment: Read Rod Machado Chapter 12 (L1- L58) and Chapter 13 (M1-39)

    - CLASS 9: AVIATION WEATHER  

    ⦁    Weather Theory 
    ⦁    Atmosphere Composition
    ⦁    Weather Fronts: High & Low Pressure Systems
    ⦁    Temperature Inversions 
    ⦁    Identifying Clouds 
    ⦁    Types of Fog
    ⦁    METARS 
    ⦁    TAFs 
    ⦁    Surface Analysis Charts 
    ⦁    Radar Charts 
    ⦁    Area Forecasts 
    ⦁    Winds & Temperatures Aloft 
    ⦁    AIRMETS & SIGMETs
    ⦁    Introduction to Flight Planning
            Assignment: Read Rod Machado Chapter 15 (O1-23) and Chapter 16 (P1-P20)

    - CLASS 10: PERFORMANCE, LIMITATIONS, WEIGHT & BALANCE

    ⦁    How to Determine: Takeoff, Climb, Cruise & Landing Performance 
    ⦁    Aircraft Limitations 
    ⦁    Pressure & Density Altitude 
    ⦁    Descent Planning 
    ⦁    Time, Fuel, Distance Calculations
    ⦁    How to Use an E6B Calculator
    ⦁    Crosswind Component
    ⦁    Calculate Weight & Balance
    ⦁    Effects of Center of Gravity Shifts on Performance 
        Assignment: Read Rod Machado Chapter 14 (N1- N48)

    - CLASS 11: FLIGHT PLANNING 

    ⦁    In-Class Exercise on Flight Planning
    ⦁    Pilotage & Dead Reckoning
    ⦁    Radio & Electronic Navigation
    ⦁    Route Selections and Planning
    ⦁    Altitude Selection
    ⦁    Weather for Flight Planning
    ⦁    Sectional & Terminal Charts 
    ⦁    Chart Supplement
    ⦁    Choosing Alternates 
            Assignment: Read & Review PAVE Handout
            
    - CLASS 12: FAA ORAL PREPARATION & ADM

    ⦁    PAVE Checklist Oral Preparation
    ⦁    IMSAFE
    ⦁    Aeronautical Decision Making
    ⦁    Hazardous Attitudes
    ⦁    Personal Limitations
    ⦁    Pilot Currency
    ⦁    Privileges & Limitations
    ⦁    Aircraft Required Documents & Inspections
    ⦁    Aircraft Inoperative Equipment
    ⦁    Aircraft Systems

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  • David Tushin, ATP CFII

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