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Private Pilot Ground School

Held in conjunction with:
Hillsborough Community College



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HCC Continuing Education offers a full complement of Aviation Ground training. The following courses are an adjunct to flight training you may be contemplating or currently taking. 
  
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Are you interested in flying? We'll cover basic aerodynamics, navigation, radio communications, aircraft systems, meteorology, and the air traffic system.   The Private Pilot certificate enables you to fly an airplane without an instructor. It also allows you to take passengers to any of over 5,300 airports.  This FAA certificate requires that you take both a written and a practical exam. By taking this class, you will be prepared to successfully pass these exams.  This is NOT a test cramming course however. We cover the basics in depth, so that you will be prepared for a lifetime of safe flying.
 
During this course, we will help you find a good flight instructor at one of the local FBOs if you don’t already have one. If you are not sure what your next steps are, we’ll help you.  Course Length:  48 Hours. 

Accelerated Format

Course Number:  ATF 9000 Private Pilot Ground School
Location:  Dale Mabry Campus
, Room  DSSC 208
Schedule:  Saturdays, 2.30pm - 6pm / Sundays 2.30pm - 7.30pm
Formation Meeting - November 3rd, 3pm, Room DSSC 208
Expected Start Date - November  10th  - see
Course Schedule
Class Syllabus/Course Schedule >>

Next Class:  June, 2008

Tuition
:  $155 tuition fee (Florida Residents) + $250 consumable materials fee to the instructor (cash or money order).

This information is the most current and accurate on the HCC ground schools.  It is the first thing that is updated when a change has been made.  Ignore any incorrect information HCC provides you regarding the schedule of this class.  This is especially true of computer printouts from the college.

Register:

  • You may register directly with the school at 813-253-7980
  • Register & pay at any campus by requesting course ATF-9000. 
  • Register & pay NOW

Five Reasons to Choose This Program:

  1. This is a quick, efficient, structured training program to get you through this training with minimum pain, maximum quality.
  2. As the 8th largest community college in the country, we have the largest training program of any of the other local ground school providers. 
  3. Your instructor has been teaching since 1996, is a Master Instructor (NAFI), Advanced Ground Instructor rated (FAA), a Gold Seal Certificated Flight Instructor (FAA), an Aviation Safety Counselor (FAA), and a former airline pilot.  Your instructor is a highly qualified ATP-rated senior instructor with 100% pass rate.  None of the other local providers use an instructor of this calibre.
  4. Cost:  this is the lowest cost option of any of the local providers.  Its even less expensive than video courses.  The reason?  As a state supported college, Florida residents receive the highest quality education and the lowest cost possible.
  5. Personal attention is provided as you progress through your training program.  You'll never wonder about your progress.    You will never fall through the cracks.

Course Benefits:

  • The Private Pilot Certificate enables you to fly an aircraft without an instructor.  It also allows you to take passengers to any of over 5,300 airports.  This FAA certificate requires that you take both a written and practical (flying) exam.  By taking this course, you will be prepared to successfully pass these exams.
  • Safety:  This course is designed to give you the basic fundamentals of safe flying. By taking this class you will be preparing yourself to take more advanced courses designed to increase your abilities and access to the skies. 
  • Quality:  This is definitely NOT a test cramming course. We cover the basics in depth, not only so you can pass the oral exam but also so that you will be prepared for a lifetime of safe flying.
  • Excellent Value:  group training is much cheaper than paying $40/hour for 40 hours of ground instruction
  • Guidance:  During this course, we will help you find a good flight instructor at one of the local FBOs if you don’t already have one. If you are not sure what your next steps are, we’ll help you. 
  • Guaranteed:  Former attendees may return and attend any or all of the sessions of future ground schools FREE.
  • This class has been offered all over the place.  If you have a pilot group of 10 or more students, we'll bring this ground school to you.
Class Syllabus/Course Schedule >>

Participant Comments:

"I must tell you (thank you) for all of your wonderful training... it has been tremendously necessary as navigator on the C130."  -- Jennifer D 'Peep'

"I really enjoy having flight students who have attended the HCC Ground School.  I've had several now and it really supports my efforts out here."  -- Local Flight Instructor

"By far, students who attended a formal ground school are much better prepared for their checkride than those who do not."  -- Local FAA Designated Pilot Examiner

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