Ground School

GKWFA offers licensed ground training for the Private Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot Certificate, and Flight Instructor Certificate.

As a foundation of the program, GKWFA offers a comprehensive private pilot ground school training to its students.  Aircraft equipment, airframe components, flight dynamics, plotting courses, calculating descent and climb rates, and learning emergency procedures are some of the many things that allow students to apply the algebra, geometry, and physics that they learn in grades nine through twelve in an exciting setting.  Once the private pilot ground school is completed, students may take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Private Pilot Written Exam to demonstrate mastery of the material.   Upon successful completion of the exam, students are eligible to enroll in the Instrument Ground Training course.

In the Instrument ground school, students gain all of the necessary flight knowledge to become proficient instrument pilots.  Navigation by sole reference to instruments, knowledge of IFR flght routes and procedures, entering and maintaining proper holding patterns, interpreting weather minimums for instrument approaches, and communication norms for Air Traffic Control are a few of the crucial things that private pilots must master in order to become instrument rated.  As with the private pilot ground school, students are eligible to take the FAA Instrument Pilot Written Exam in preparation for instrument flight training.

Ground training for the Commercial Pilot License and the Certified Flight Instructor certificate are currently offered as independent study courses in preparation for the respective FAA exams.  In these courses, students study and prepare under the direct supervision of a Certified Flight Instructor.