Adult Education – Aviation

Private Pilot Airman Certification – Forty-Hour Ground Course for Knowledge Exam

Course Description

Earning your private pilot’s license can be your first step towards an exciting hobby or a career in aviation. This course will prepare you for the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) Airplane Airman Knowledge Exam (AKA “The Written Exam) which is a requirement toward becoming a licensed pilot. This forty-hour course is being offered at the Robert H. Gibson School in Troy in cooperation with Hewison Aviation. Students will receive a training kit that includes Jeppeson Textbooks, plotters, flight computers and other necessary materials to successfully complete the course and obtain your endorsement to take the Private Pilot Knowledge test. Students do not need any prior experience to take this course, however, they do need a valid driver’s license. Please note that the Private Pilot endorsement for the knowledge test will be provided to successful students, and the exam will be conducted by an independent testing center at a location of the student’s choosing. The student is responsible for scheduling and providing all necessary documentation and fees required by the testing center to take the knowledge test.

Important Notes:

TSA requires that all students demonstrate their US citizenship to sign up for flight training. US citizenship is not required to take this class or the knowledge test, but non-us citizens must provide additional proof of identity before flight training. See this link before signing up for this class to see documentation requirements to take the knowledge test

All students must submit a Third Class (or higher) Aviation Medical certificate issued by a certified Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). A listing of local AMEs can be found here Students must submit certificates on the first night of class. Failure to provide this certificate will prohibit students from taking the class. Tuition is not refundable.

Topics Covered will include:

  • Introduction to pilot training and aviation opportunities
  • Airplane systems and aerodynamic principles
  • Flight safety, Aeronautical charts, and air traffic control services
  • Radio procedures, radar, and the common sources of flight information
  • Weather theory, weather patterns and weather hazards
  • Interpreting various weather reports, forecasts, and graphic charts
  • Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) as they apply to private pilot operations
  • Navigation methods including pilotage dead reckoning
  • Pre-Flight Planning and Aeronautical Decision-Making

2024 Class Dates: September 24, 26, October 1,3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 30, November 5, 7, 12, 14.

Class Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Location: Robert H. Gibson Technical School, 35 Colleen Road, Troy, NY 12180

Tuition: $700

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