Private Pilot Ground School

Your private pilot ground school starts 28 January 2021!

Start on demand.  Attend classes on your schedule.  Work online any time, from anywhere, on any device all while working with your instructor and other students.

Instructor: Michael Lessard, CFII/MEI/RP, FAA Safety Team Lead Representative

If you want training that goes way beyond just preparing you to pass the FAA Knowledge Exam, you are in the right place!  Mr. Lessard is an exciting and engaging instructor who shares decades of practical experience and insight.  Students will learn about Federal Aviation Regulations, airplanes and systems, flight controls and instruments, aerodynamics, flight maneuvers, airports, airspace, air traffic control, weather theory and services, airplane performance and navigation, flight planning, human and aeromedical factors, and much more.

Throughout the course, Mr. Lessard uses scenario-based examples to explain real world flying.  He continuously teaches about the aeronautical decision making process and explains practical strategies to avoid getting into hazardous situations.  Upon successful completion of all course elements and instructor recommendations, students will be eligible to take the FAA Knowledge Exam and will be more than well prepared to pass with flying colors!

Who should take this course?
This is an exciting and highly motivating course that delivers comprehensive training to prepare you to be a safe, knowledgeable, and efficient pilot.  This class will be fun and interesting to anyone who seeks a private pilot’s license, or to those who just want to learn about airplanes and aviation.  If you are flying unmanned aerial systems (drones) and you are working towards FAA Remote Pilot Certification, this course is definitely for you!  Extremely beneficial and highly recommended!


For unmanned aerial systems (UAS) students – The FAA Knowledge Exam for Remote Pilot Certification is a highly comprehensive exam.  Candidates are tested on knowledge areas and subject matter that is highly aviation specific, very technical, and is typically only taught in aviation ground schools.  If you are working towards your FAA Remote Pilot Certificate, this course will provide the knowledge that is needed to be successful on this subject matter. We have adapted our Private Pilot Ground School to train unmanned aircraft students along with our manned aircraft students, as both types of flying are integral to the National Airspace System.  It is essential that both types of pilots understand the operations of all aircraft.


Ground School Video Example 1


Ground School Video Example 2


Course Format:
Video presentation of our latest live classroom semester with both on-campus and distance learning students working together in a challenging and supportive learning community.  All students work very closely in our web-based Learning Management System (LMS) to work on homework assignments, weekly quizzes, mid-term exams, and group projects.  Your virtual campus includes an extensive resource library, numerous videos, flight training resources, opportunities to network with other students and alumni, and more.  Students have many opportunities to ask questions and receive excellent support throughout the program.  Interact with your instructor, utilize your private social network to interact with other students, visit your comprehensive aviation resource library, or use the many other resources available.  You are not alone!  This is the most powerful ground school opportunity available in the world.

FAA Pilot Proficiency Program (WINGs) ALC-605

1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 1
1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 2
2 Credit2 for Basic Knowledge Topic 3

Cost for Tuition and Materials
Tuition is only $149.95!
WINGsReality EDU eBook Kit is only $129.95!

In addition to tuition and materials, students will need to purchase additional materials (approximately $160.00, see list below).

Course Contents

  • eBooks and resources (included) - Flight Maneuvers Manual, Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR), Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM), Airman Certification Standards (ACS), digital Chart Supplement (d-CS).
  • Physical books and resources (student supplied) – GFD Textbook, Knowledge Exam Guide, E6B Flight computer, PJ-1 Plotter, FAA Montreal Sectional chart (SMON).
  • WINGsReality EDU Private Pilot Ground School 365 Learning Management System.
  • WINGsReality EDU Private Pilot Resource Library.
  • Hangar Hangout (your private social network for students and alumni).
  • Gradebook, attendance records, community calendar of events, etc.
  • Edward B. Sleeper Memorial Library

Student Testimonial Spotlight

Important Information! Please read and understand before you enroll!


Attendance and Completion Requirements (Please read and understand)

Students attend the WINGsReality EDU Private Pilot Ground School 365 for many different reasons.  Although most are here to become certificated pilots, many are here just to learn about airplanes and aviation and to enjoy a really cool learning experience.  That is why we created two separate learning tracks in this course.  The “A Track” is the Airman Track.  These students are working towards FAA airman certification (i.e., a pilot’s license).  The “E Track” students are just here to learn, have fun, and broaden their horizons.  You can read more about these once enrolled, but to help you make decisions now, it is critical that you understand the requirements of this course when taken for FAA airman certification (pilot’s license).

A-Track Students – Acting as Pilot-in-Command of an aircraft is obviously one of the most enormous responsibilities you will ever take on in your life.  Training and preparing our students for this is a charge that we take seriously, and our students are held accountable to a high academic standard.  The WINGsReality EDU Private Pilot Ground School 365 is a challenging course that will require a high degree of motivation to be successful at.   We have always told our students that a person of average intelligence can easily earn a pilot’s license, but a person of average motivation is really going to struggle to be successful.  You will all find this to be true.  That said, if you are enrolled in the “A Track” the requirements are you must attend all classes, complete all homework assignments, weekly quizzes, mid-term exam, and other tasks in full, and achieve passing grades.  You must also possess and use all of the books and materials as required by the list below.  Studying with outdated or missing material is not acceptable.  Students not completing the course to A Track standards default to E Track and will not be eligible for FAA required logbook endorsements.

Course Completion Deadline

Students must complete all elements of this course within six months of their course start date.  The preferred format is for students to plan on attending one class per week to finish the course in 14 weeks.  Students may not complete this course in less then 14 weeks.  We enforce a 7 day study period for each of the 14 classes to ensure an acceptable learning outcome.

Books and Materials Descriptions and Instructions

Part of your Private Pilot Ground School 365 kit will be supplied in your course.  There are some physical items that students will need to purchase in order to complete the course.  Because we want you to be able to start right away, these student supplied items are not required to start the course.  We have made provisions for you to complete the initial work in the course without them.  However, all students must posses these items in order to proceed beyond the second class in the semester.

Students must order the following books and materials.  All books and materials must be in the current revisions as indicted below.  Outdated books and materials are not suitable for pilot training and will not be accepted for credit in this class.  Students may elect to use printed or eBook versions of Items #1 and #2 as described below:

Item #1 – Jeppesen Guided Flight Discovery Private Pilot Textbook (printed book), Part number 10001360-006, Version 006, ISBN# 978-0-88487-660-1.  List price $86.95


Item #1 – Jeppesen Guided Flight Discovery Private Pilot (eTextbook), Part number 10277280-003, Version 003, ISBN# 978-0-88487-651-9.  List price $79.99

  • Please note that students overwhelmingly prefer the printed book over the eBook for use in this course.  We highly recommend the printed book.


Item #2 – Jeppesen Private Pilot Knowledge Test Guide (printed book), Part number 10001387-024, Version 024, ISBN# 978-0-88487-663-2.  List price $18.48


Item #2 – Jeppesen Private Pilot Knowledge Test Guide (eBook), Part number 11049071-001, Version 001, ISBN# 978-0-88487-652-6.  List price $16.99

  • Unlike the textbook, this book is fine in either printed or eBook format.

Item #3 – ASA E6-B Color Flight Computer, Part number ASA-E6B-COLOR, List price $34.95. Note:  The ASA E6-B Color Flight Computer flight computer that is authorized for use in this class as it is the model that we will provide instruction on.  Students who already own an E6B may use it as long as they do not require instruction on its use.   Although most E6Bs are similar, there are some unusual models.  We will ONLY teach the use of the ASA E6-B Color Flight Computer in this class.

Item #4 – Jeppesen PJ-1 Rotating Azimuth Plotter, Part number 10009524, List price $14.00. Note: The PJ-1 Plotter is the only plotter that is authorized for use in this class as it is the simplest and easiest plotter to efficiently teach large groups to use.  Students who already own a navigation plotter may use it as long as they do not require instruction on its use.   We will ONLY teach the use of the PJ-1 plotter in this class.

Item #5 – FAA/NACO Montreal Sectional Chart, Part number SMON, in its current edition and in printed form.  Digital charts and non-FAA charts are not acceptable for use in this class.  Please order in advance or plan accordingly.  List price is $9.00.

Where to buy

Items 1, 2, and 4 above (Jeppesen items) are available from most of the online pilot supply stores.  You can find them by searching for pilot supplies on the internet.  The eBooks are available at  We do not advise buying printed versions at as they are normally on back order and will cause delays.  Item #3 (ASA Flight Computer) is available at, as well as the online pilot supply stores.  Item #5, Montreal Sectional Chart may be available at your local airport Fixed Base Operator (FBO) or through online pilot stores.  You will not need this chart to start this class.  We will not need it for several weeks.  Please make sure to order it now to preclude delays later in the course.

For your convenience, the total list cost for these items with printed textbook is $163.38.  Purchase and/or return arrangements for books and materials provided by outside suppliers is between the student and the supplier.

Tuition, books, and materials return policy

Should a student decide to drop out of the course, tuition only is refundable within 14 days of enrollment, subject to a cancellation fee of $19.95.  Books and materials supplied by WINGsReality EDU are in digital format and are not refundable for any reason.  Should you desire to drop out, please contact Support via the Support Ticket System found throughout our site.  Please allow up to 30 days for refunds to be processed.

Returning Alumni Students Policy

Current and fresh, back to basics knowledge and skills are a pinnacle component of aviation safety.  We encourage all of our alumni to return for a refresher anytime.  Returning alumni students may attend classes remotely as desired for a system fee of $49.95 (tuition only, books and materials not included) per semester.  The attendance by alumni students is offered on a space available basis.  Please check with Admissions to find out if space is available for the classes that you want to attend.  Returning alumni students must enroll and abide by all WINGsReality EDU terms and conditions.

Yes, I am ready to start my adventures in becoming a pilot! 

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Student Testimonials

I took the previous Private Pilot Ground School class. I am very happy to say that I passed the FAA Unmanned Aircraft – General (UAG) test in Augusta yesterday to qualify for a Remote Pilot Certificate (license). Anyone taking this class for the purpose of flying UAVs (I prefer RPAs – Remote Piloted Aircraft!) commercially will find it very helpful in giving you the vast knowledge you need to pass the UAG test. Study – you will need it!


This class was very descriptive, alot of information was taught, great teacher and support staff.

Jacob Sol

This is a great class. It is fast paced, with lots of new information provided every week. Michael Lessard does a great job presenting the information, along with personal examples to give the information context in real life situations.

Kevin Sinclair