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Private Pilot Ground School

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Private Pilot Groundschool Sign Up Sheet


In order to earn a Private Pilot’s License, the Federal Aviation Administration requires a student to pass three tests: a written test, oral test and flight test. The private pilot ground school’s main objective is to give the instruction necessary for the student to be confident to pass the written and oral portion of their private pilot test.





Where: TBD


When: Start TBD, Bi-Monthly on Sundays TBD-TBD pm. Occupies Aerospace Special Interest Group (ASIG) timeslot. Dependent on MA007 meeting schedule.


Instructors: Maj Kent H. Hartig, FAA-Advanced Ground Instructor (AGI), Mr. Joseph Iwuc, Meteorology and Lt Col Shelley Rosenbaum-Lipman, AGI and Certified Flight Instructor (CFII).


Eligibility: (8 students minimum, 10 maximum, in order):


  • Goddard Cadets who will attain the age of 15 by the end of the school. This is an FAA requirement. Cost will be $50 (payable to Goddard Cadet Squadron).
  • Goddard Seniors. Cost will be $50 (payable to Goddard Cadet Squadron).
  • MA National Guard personnel: Cost will be $50 (payable to Goddard Cadet Squadron)
  • Cadets and seniors from other squadrons. Cadet eligibility will apply as in 1 above. Cost for cadets/seniors will be $50 (payable to Goddard Cadet Squadron).
  • Non CAP personnel. Cost will be $150 (payable to Goddard Cadet Squadron).

Optional Materials:


 New York Sectional Chart

New York Sectional Chart (pdf)

Can also get at most FBO’s

        Major Airplane Components

        Control Surfaces

        Landing Gear


        Power plant

        Aircraft Classifications


        Bernoulli’s Principle                 - Click on title for complete text on this section

        Newton’s Third Law


        Airfoil Terminology

        Airfoil Design

        Pilot Control of Lift


        Angle of Attack and Airspeed




        Three Axes of Flight
        Center of Gravity
        Forces acting on a climbing airplane
        Forces acting on a descending airplane
        Forces acting on a turning airplane
        Load Factor
        Left Turning Tendencies
        Ground Effect

        Static Stability

        Dynamic Stability

        Longitudinal Stability


        Tail Loads

        Center of Gravity

        Lateral Stability

        Directional Stability

        Stall and Spin Awareness
 Quiz on Units 1-3
    Pitot Static Instruments

    Gyroscopic Instruments
    Engines and Propeller

    Fuel and Electrical Systems


    License Criteria – Part 61

    General Operating rules – Part 91

    Rules pertaining to Aircraft Accidents, etc. – NTSB 830
    Basic Weather Theory                         - Click on title for complete text on this section
        Restrictions to Visibility
Unit 7: The Flight Environment
        Airspace Review
        Special use Airspace
        Other Airspace
        Basic Navigation
        Basic Flight Planning
        Radio Navigation
        Quiz on Units 4-7
        Aviation Physiology
        Cross Country Flight Planning

Unit 10: Preparation for taking the Knowledge Test
        Gleim Practice Review
        Sign Offs