Lecture 1: Pilot ratings, Aircraft Classification

posted Mar 29, 2011, 6:39 AM by Francis Esmonde-White   [ updated Mar 30, 2011, 9:01 PM ]

Ground School Lecture 1 Outline

What does it take to be a pilot? (Knowledge, Skill, Judgment).

Introductions – What do you want to get from this class

When / Where / Who had the first manned flight aboard and Aircraft? (Hot Air Balloon – 1785)

All the glorious machines we can fly: Category, Class and Types (SEL, Rotor, LTA, Glider, others).

Aircraft certification: Category Normal, Utility, Aerobatic, etc.

The Range of Aviation: Commercial – GA
  • Type of certificates: ATP, Comm, Private, Sport, Ultralight
  • How the activities require different ratings. 
How to become a pilot

How much it will cost (Rotorcraft, SEL, Glider!!)

Class structure and overview


Online supplements (ASA or Gleim Testprep, FAA materials; AOPA and others TBD)

Wrap-up / Sign-up
Francis Esmonde-White,
Mar 29, 2011, 6:41 AM