Why Choose Us?

PPL Ground School & Exams. Why should you choose us as your training provider?

Our Ethos

You do not come to see us to just pass your exams; you come to see us to get a first class education!

Whether you’re training to become a Private or Professional Pilot, it is a fun, but serious undertaking. Achieving your Pilots Licence is an enormous achievement and life changing experience. Take the ground school element very seriously. It’s not just 9 nasty exams that the authority puts in your way as an obstacle. The education you receive whilst doing the exams, ensures you can operate any flight safely, no matter what the circumstances. Why would you compromise on this?

Not all flying schools have either the facilities or staff to provide a comprehensive course that will lead to success in the ground exams. Instead they prefer to concentrate on offering the flight training element instead. There’s nothing wrong with this ethos, but it can leave some people feeling a little intimidated when left to confront the dreaded text-books alone without much guidance.

We pride ourselves on delivering an engaging course that is not only lots of fun, but also provides you with useful working knowledge that will consolidate what you have learnt, or will learn, in the air. The skill sets you will gain on our course are second to none and will be utilised continuously throughout your flying career.

Our Staff

Most of our ground school staff are also qualified Teachers, Airline Pilots, Military Fast Jet Pilots, Flying Instructors & Flight Examiners, all with a wealth of teaching and operational flying experience. They are well versed in different learning styles and teach across the age and ability range. Our clients typically range from 16 to 82 years of age! They are very down-to-earth individuals with a fun and very cheeky sense of humour. They deliver courses that promote discussion and flight safety. It’s not all about keeping quiet and just listening to the teacher talk all day long. If you’re struggling with any aspect of the course, they can easily pick up on this and will show you another way. There’s a minimum of 2 instructors for each course, so we can even provide a one to one, should this be required. At all times, our courses are delivered in a fun, engaging and respectful manner, after all, your success is our success. Tips are given throughout the course from our friendly flight examiners to help increase your chances of passing your flight test first time, a nice little touch that many of our clients have found invaluable.

Our Venues

We have two training venues, Halifax West Yorkshire and London Heathrow. Our stunning venues are peaceful, relaxed and have been specifically chosen and designed to promote accelerated learning with ease. We have taken the strategic decision to base our ground school courses away from airfields. Experience has taught us that although having aircraft around can occasionally be useful, it is in the long term due to continuous noise, smell of fuel, fire-drills, classroom facilities and amenities in general, very detrimental to ones learning.

Our Halifax venue is a large Victorian period property spanning 5 floors. The property is adorned with fabulous themed art work and models, together with relaxing classical music piped into each and every room. We have a number of class rooms as well as break-out rooms for you to relax in whilst having lunch or on a break, including a pool table and games room. We also have a bar serving draft beer, wine and soft beverages; a nice little touch to end the day. Super-fast Wifi and parking is available free of charge. Within the immediate vicinity of the venue there are shops and cafes where lunch can be sourced with ease. Local hotels and B&Bs can be found less than a mile from our venue, with a myriad of both budget and upmarket bars and restaurants offering cuisine from the far corners of the globe. Why not treat the course as a busman’s holiday!

Our Heathrow venue is located within a mile of Terminal 5 in a converted Mill. It boasts a large, bright and airy classroom with all the facilities that one would expect from a quality training provider. Limited free parking is available on request. Access is from both the M4 and M25. Within close proximity of the venue, there are shops where lunch can be sourced with ease. Local hotels and B&Bs can be found less than a mile from the venue. Central London is one hour by Tube or 45 minutes to 3 weeks by car!


We hope to have impressed you enough to lead to one natural conclusion: choose The Great Circle as your ground school training provider. We’ve invested heavily in our staff, our venues and our training materials. Ultimately, we have invested in you. Why would you train with anyone else? To be the best Pilot you can be, you’ve got to train with the best.

We look forward to working alongside you soon and thanks for reading!

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