EAA Hangtown Chapter 512

Placerville California (KPVF)

Ground School


2020 Ground School Cancelled 

January - April 
Check our Calendar for exact dates

EAA Chapter 512 hosts an annual low-cost Private Pilot ground school. The class covers the academic portion of what is needed to obtain a private pilot's license. Successful completion will qualify you to take the FAA Private Pilot written examination, which you must pass before you can take your Private Pilot Airplane Practical Test - i.e., the FAA checkride – for your private pilot's license. The class may be taken independently or in concurrence with flight training. You must take your FAA checkride within 24 calendar months of passing the written exam.

Our ground school class starts in January every year.  We meet every Saturday until April. Classes meet at the EAA Hangar at the Placerville Airport. Cost includes an instructor fee of $75 and approximately $75 for materials. If you already have materials (private pilot text book, E6B flight calculator, aviation navigation plotter, and FAA test supplements) and they are reasonably current, you may use those and save about half the cost.

This class is geared to new pilot candidates but is also an excellent refresher for existing or returning pilots.

To reserve a spot, call Jim at 916-337-6700 or email james.wilson.consulting@gmail.com

EAA Ground School Registration Form HERE


Typical Class Schedule, for Reference

Week 1 Meet and Greet, Syllabus, Training Materials, and answer the ton of questions

Week 2 Aerodynamic Forces, Stability and Control

Week 3 Airframe, Engines, Systems

Week 4 Flight Instruments, Aerodynamics in Flight

Week 5 Human Factors, Regulations

Week 6 Charts, Airspace, Airports

Week 7 Performance Factors: Takeoff, Landing, En Route

Week 8 Weight and Balance, Flight Computer

Week 9 Flight Planning, En route Nav

Week 10 Navigations Aids

Week 11 Heating Effects, Wind, Cloud, Air Masses, Fronts

Week 12 Review and Final Exam


We hope you can join us, and we look forward to hearing from you!


Driving directions:take Highway 50 to the Point View exit east of Placerville, turn right (look for green airport signs) and proceed westbound on Broadway, turn left on Airport Road. Proceed ONE MILE to the top of the hill, the airport entrance will be on your left. Park near the large mailbox, walk though the small gate and turn right to the EAA hangar (large green Quonset hut next to the stand of trees).

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