Next Ground School Starting June or July
To gain a Private Pilot License the FAA requires that the applicant pass a comprehensive exam covering subjects such as: Airspace, Federal Rules and Regulations, Navigation Methods, Calculations Needed, Aircraft Components and their Functions, etc. This is basically like learning a new language and utilizing math and physics concepts about which most are unfamiliar. There is no requirement to take an organized ground school course; but, only about 1 or 2 percent of applicants are able to accomplish this on their own.
The subjects listed above are covered in addition to the practical part of flying in our US environment. The maneuvers required by regulation are also discussed to help those also flying during the ground school to understand what they are doing.
Total class time will be between 30 and 50 hours. Students must spend at least an equivalent time outside of class to ensure that passing the exam is possible at class end. In anyone wants to join within the next week or so after any class has begun I'll be happy to provide a makeup session to catch up with the existing class.
This class is $300 with another $100 to $200 in books, manuals, calculator etc. If one knows someone who already has their license they may be able to borrow such materials. If anyone prefers to have one-on-one instruction, i.e. no organized class environment, I am happy to accommodate that although the tuition cost would be more.
Most who take the exam and do the appropriate study can pass the exam when the classes are finished; however, if indeed one does not pass they are welcome to attend any future classes free of charge.
ENROLLMENT and START TIMING:
You may enroll and/or get more information by calling Dick at 972-267-9905. It is generally good to limit enrollment to less than 10 people. Even if you are not sure whether you'd like to join this class you are welcome to attend this first session without charge. I usually will start ANY ground school when I have 4 or more committed. As mentioned elsewhere, however, I am also willing to have one-on-one Private Pilot ground schools although that generally is with more cost to the student.
We are located on the field of (F69) Dallas Airpark. The airport is near the Tollway and Park down the street from the Willow Bend Mall and Home Depot.
Our primary instructor (Dick) has over 5,000 hours flight time with at least 3,500 of those hours of instruction. He is a multi-engine and instrument instructor and by career education is a BS, MS, PhD Chemical Engineer (29.4 year career). Other instructors available from ALS Services, Inc. are also well experienced.
One caution, many schools operate with very young, inexperienced flight instructors (and maybe charge a little less). That doesn't mean they aren't good instructors, but, in many cases they are instructing to build flight time to qualify for an airline position and therefore may or may not have quality flight instruction as a personal objective. It is important that your instructor have enough experience to determine the methods of teaching that will help you to advance as quickly and inexpensively as possible.
ALS Services, Inc., a Texas Corporation, has been in existence since 1977 and has up to 3 aircraft online and available for training purposes. At least 100 candidates have been trained and obtained certificates and ratings from Private Pilot to Multi-Engine Instrument Instructor over those years of training. Examination failure rate for all candidates combined has been less than a 5 per cent rate. National flight schools combined rates of failure are substantially higher than that.
Call Dick @ 972-267-9905