PPL Ground School FAQs
PPL Ground School Courses
‘What is Fast Track’?
Fast Track simply means that the course is undertaken on a more intensive basis. These courses are primarily designed for those short of time, which lets face it, is most of us! The PPL Ground School courses are designed to last one day with the examination taken at the end. Typical start and finish times are 8.30am to 5.30pm with a morning, lunch and afternoon break.
‘Do people normally complete 9 subjects in 4 days’?
This depends on the individual. Most people come to see us because they are either short of time, can't absorb the material by reading a book, or just fed up of juggling working life, family and learning to fly. The majority of our students come for 4 days and do the 9 subjects. But remember, these are bespoke courses designed to work for you. So you choose how many subjects you want to study and we'll do the rest. The vast majority of people take all 9 courses and pass them first time.
‘I left school years ago and without many qualifications, will I find it difficult’?
This is a question asked by many people prior to starting our Ground School. The answer is an emphatic 'no' you will not. Our courses are taught by qualified teachers and flying instructors who have a wealth of experience working with people across the age and ability range. Patience, dedication and enthusiasm are hall marks of our success to date.
‘What will I get out of it’?
Obviously, all of the examinations which is necessary for the award of the Private Pilots Licence (PPL) as well as a great deal of satisfaction and a detailed understanding of the key elements of PPL Aviation Theory. This knowledge can be further applied to the natural sciences and would serve you well should you decide to embark upon such courses with colleges or universities in the future, or indeed a Commercial Pilots Licence course.
‘How big are your classes’?
6 maximum with 2 instructors. Teaching very small groups ensures that you dictate the pace and get the most out of your time with us. We also provide bespoke one to one courses; but experience has shown us that you will get the most out of working alongside someone else. They may even be someone to socialise with during your ground school holiday! We will spend additional one to one time with any student that requires it in order to ensure you take your exam with confidence.
‘How will the course(s) be delivered’?
We pride ourselves on delivering a first class training program. To achieve this we use qualified professionals and state of the art ICT. The lecture format is via high quality, industry leading Presentations. You will be provided with lecture notes which are duplicates of the presentation itself. This method of delivery is highly desirable as it eliminates the need to take notes, thereby enabling you to focus fully on the lecture. There are also times when we defer to good old fashioned ‘chalk and talk’, where it is preferable and indeed necessary.
‘What are your pass rates’?
We have worked incredibly hard over the last 10 years and we can boast that 98% of our clients pass their exams on their first attempt, and just 2% need to re-sit. We have never had anyone take a third exam.
‘What if I fail an exam’?
In the highly unlikely event that you do, you will be invited on to the next available course and given free tuition and a free examination. We can’t possibly be any fairer than that!
‘Where are your Ground School courses held’?
We run two courses each month, one in the the beautiful spa town of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and one at Heathrow, London. There are good rail and motorway links to both venues and the closest airports are Leeds & Heathrow respectively. The courses are delivered in comfortable, modern conference suites. Tea, Coffee and other refreshments are included.
‘Is there accommodation nearby’?
Harrogate courses: There are a number of very nice local b&b’s or very up-market hotels within 5 mins walk of our training centre. We have a special deal with a local hotel with a pool and sauna that provides bed and breakfast for just £45 per night.
Heathrow courses: There are a number of local b&b’s or hotels within 5 mins drive of our training centre. Most clients opt for the Travelodge which is a 5 min walk away. There are of course more upmarket hotels in the Heathrow area, literally hundreds to choose from.
‘Is there any parking available’?
Yes, we offer free parking at both venues.
‘Is there anything to do on an evening’?
Harrogate: You will also be spoilt for choice with pubs, restaurants and theatres in Harrogate as well as the famous Turkish Baths and Betty’s Tea Rooms. Valley Gardens and Fountains Abbey are also very close by and well worth visiting.
Heathrow: Windsor and Eton are a short drive away as is the beautiful Savil Gardens. Central London can be reached by Tube or the Heathrow Express from Terminal 5 which is close by to our training centre.
‘How far in advance do I have to book’?
The sooner the better. Due to flight training and scheduling, we only release Ground School course dates one month in advance. For this reason, courses tend to fill up quickly. Under no circumstances must you book your hotel and arrange time off from work without booking with us first and receiving your course confirmation email.
‘I have a disability, what provisions are made’?
We make every effort to accommodate students with disabilities. All entrances, elevators (where applicable), work areas, refreshment areas and conveniences are designed for wheelchair access. If you have any special requirements, please just contact us well in advance so that we can try to accommodate your requirements.