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Can I get
in contact with a real person at Gold Seal?
Sure, give us a
call toll-free at 877-881-4359 or click
here to email us.
haven't started my formal training yet. What
should I do now?
Becoming a pilot requires learning. Some of that
learning occurs in the air with an instructor,
and some occurs on the ground. The sooner you
learn the ground material - the conceptual
subjects - the better. Yes, you can learn as you
go, but you will save money and get more out of
your flight lessons by mastering this knowledge
early. If you go into your first flight lesson
with a good understanding of the material in
this Ground School, you will greatly reduce the
amount of money you will spend and will require
fewer hours to get your license. Guaranteed! So,
what should you do now? Click on the Private
Pilot link on the left and get started.
I've already started my training and already
have my books and DVDs.
Great! There is nothing that will speed you
along better than already being halfway there.
Consider Online Ground School to be your private
tutor - an internet instructor here to help you
with the specific topics that are challenges.
Is your program approved by the FAA?
Actually, there is no approval or certification provided for any ground schools by the FAA. The one exception is a Part 141 ground school. But those, by definition, must be bundled with the flight portion of a student's training. There are no standalone Part 141 ground schools on the internet. And actually, even if there were, they would teach the exact same information that we teach.
The FAA doesn't care if you attend a ground school at all. Their only requirement is that you learn the material. If you learn it from reading books, watching DVDs, using an internet program like ours, or attending an in-person ground school at your local community college, the end result is the same. That is all the FAA cares about.
All of our courses are designed by Master Flight Instructors and taught by practicing flight instructors who are certified by the FAA.
When you spend money for a ground school, you do it to gain knowledge. At the Gold Seal Online Ground School, that's exactly what you'll get. So come on and join us. It will be money well spent.
already a licensed pilot. Is there anything here
Absolutely. As you know, we all get a little
rusty in the conceptual areas of aviation. There
is no easier way to polish up on individual
topics or to prepare for a flight review. Plus, you may find the discussions of
new subjects to be really interesting.
have to pay anything to use this Ground School?
No. There is a very large amount of free content
on the site. In fact, all of the Private Pilot
core lessons are only a click away, and
completely free. Additional content - lessons,
tests, documents, and podcasts - are available
to Enrolled students at a very low price. To
learn about enrollment options, click
What are my enrollment options?
You can participate in this Online Ground School
in one of two ways. You can Register and
take 1/3 of the Private Pilot Course, totally
free. After you register, you may wish to
Enroll. There is a small fee for this and
gives you complete access to the full Private
Pilot Course as well as all the supplementary
lessons and documents.
long will it take me to get my license?
That is one of those open ended questions. It
all depends on you and how much enthusiasm you
bring with you. The more you study on your own,
the quicker you will complete your training.
Although the FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours
of flight training (35 hours if you attend a
Part 141 school), don't fall in love with that
number. Very few people find that to be an
adequate amount of time to master the flying
skills. The average is between 50 and 80 hours.
You will probably complete the program in less
than a year. For more info, click
After I finish
the Ground School, can I take the FAA written test?
Yes. After you have completed all the appropriate lessons and have
passed a practice test, we will issue you a signed endorsement that
will allow you to sit for the FAA Knowledge Test at any testing
center in the country.
is the cheapest way I can get my license?
Take a look in the Library.
You will find an article there that addresses
this exact subject. Saving money is something
we're all interested in.