Private Pilot Ground School Course

Private Pilot Ground School Course

Obtaining a Private Pilot license requires passing both a written knowledge test and a practical exam, also known as the check-ride. CRAFT students have the flexibility to choose from multiple options for preparing for the FAA Knowledge Test (written test), which they are expected to do concurrently with flight training. ASASporty’s, Gleim, and King Schools offer online computer-based training courses that can be purchased anywhere from $175 – $375. 

CRAFT also offers options for both online via Zoom or in-person Private Pilot Ground School Course with one of our Advanced Ground Instructors (AGI), to help students prepare for the FAA Airman Knowledge Test. Upon completion of the course and a passing score of 80% on the practice test, the instructor will give you the required logbook endorsement to take the FAA Private Pilot knowledge exam. This ground training will also be logged in your logbook to meet the requirements for the Private Pilot check-ride.

The test consists of 60 multiple choice questions and you will have two and one-half hours to complete the test.  You will be required to score 70% to pass the test. The test can be taken through Computer Aided-Testing Services (CATS) and a reservation can be made by calling (844) 704-1487 (toll-free) or online at https://faa.psiexams.com/faa/login.  You must go through CATS. The cost of the test is $160. We recommend taking the test as soon as possible after receiving the instructor’s endorsement.


The course consists of 20 total hours of ground school spread over ten 2-hour sessions. We will work with the interested students to determine the schedule that works best for everyone. The schedule would be set at the beginning of the course.


The cost for the course is $500. Price includes the books and materials required below.



Per FAR 61.105, Aeronautical Knowledge requirements:

  1. Aerodynamics
  2. Airplane Systems
  3. Instruments
  4. Airspace
  5. Regulations
  6. Airport
  7. Weather and Weather Services
  8. Radio
  9. Navigation
  10. Weight & Balance and Performance.


  1. Private Pilot Test Prep 2020 (ASA)
  2. Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, FAA H 8083-25B – PDF can be downloaded for free from the FAA website or we can provide hardcopy.
  3. 2020 Charlotte Sectional
  4. Mechanical E6-B Flight Computer and plotter -Please note that the FAA now allows the use of  electronic E6Bs, these can be purchased through Sporty’s or ASA
  5. Airplane Flying Handbook, FAA-H-8083-3B  – Can be downloaded for free or we can provide a hardcopy.
  6. Pilot Log Book


In order to pass the test, the student should expect to study for 3-4 hours for each session of the course.


FAR 61.105 does not set a minimum number of hours required for Private Pilot ground training. Ultimately it falls on the instructor to review the knowledge of the student seeking their endorsement for the Private Pilot Knowledge Test. We expect this to be taken seriously and everyone to do well, however, we understand that life happens. If you have to miss a class session, please let the instructor know ahead of time and we can reschedule a make-up lesson to cover the material that was discussed.


  1. Online test question app – There are several that are good, some are free. Kem will make a recommendation. http://www.sheppardair.com/ has a good one if you call.
  2. 1-2 hours in the Redbird simulator with the instructor to reinforce the principles. Redbird is $70/hour plus instructor $55/hour.


Get Started on Your Private Pilot's License

CRAFT students learn in the simulator, practice in the plane,
acquire a Private Pilot License in less time, and emerge as better pilots!


CRAFT has enjoyed great success with its flight courses. We offer Private Pilot, Instrument Flight Rating (IFR), Commercial Single, Commercial Multi, Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), Certified Flight Instructor - Instrument (CFII), Multi-Engine, Multi-Engine Instructor, and an ATP Checkride Prep course.

Private Pilot License  $9,000 - $13,000
The beginning of an Aviation Journey. Can be completed in as little as 2 months. However, most students take about 4-6 months.

Instrument Flight Rules $9,500
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