Private Pilot Online Ground School


Absorb all aviation has to offer, with a wide range of fun and required topics


Get your endorsement to pass your FAA Written Test, used to pass a Private Pilot Checkride


Not just the required topics, but real world and relatable stories and experiences


Prepare for a lifetime as a pilot with a safe attitude and a desire to learn

What Our Students Say

"Completely professional and thorough in coverage of all course content. Chris is a passionate aviator and makes this course super easy to follow, with real-life experiences as well as lessons learned it will guide you on your first steps in this amazing world of Aviation. Absolutely recommended."
Manuel Garcia Urretra -- Former Student
"This course is a great tool to build a solid foundation of aviation knowledge! It is taught in an clear and organized manner, but without excessive formality. The perfect resource to get your aviation journey off to a grand start!"
David Filbrun -- Former Student


Learning to become a pilot is a journey and not a race.

Aviation isn’t just a whole industry, it’s a way of life. While you are gaining the knowledge you need to be a pilot, you’ll also learn about the attitudes and attributes that make a sharp and safe pilot. Beyond the subjects you’ll study is a whole community of other passionate pilots, just as eager to learn.


Join the class wherever you are, with an internet connection and a device.

In today’s aviation industry, you will rarely find a flight school that will also hold a ground school. They usually want their students to choose an online offering and be prepared to show up ready for training. Our media library is available as soon as you join ground school, and you can watch and learn at your convenience.


Flying in Alaska is challenging and real.

We think we’re pretty lucky to get to fly in Alaska. Our home base here at AviatorTraining is just minutes away from the backcountry. Year round we face ever-changing and challenging weather. No matter the time or place, we’re always having to apply important aviation knowledge in a real way.


Pass your FAA Written Test, required to become a Private Pilot.

One of the main goals of the class is to successfully prepare you to pass the FAA Written Test for the Private Pilot License. This is no small group of subjects. Over the duration of our class, we’ll be focusing on building a solid base of aviation knowledge, in addition to sharing tips and answering questions from the Written Test.


To drive efficiency, development organizations must address those factors in a holistic fashion.

Of course, you want a high score on your Written Test. Since when did a high test score mean someone was automatically good at something? By starting with a base of solid knowledge first, you’ll pass the Written Test as a result of your knowledge. True value is being a lifelong, safe aviator, not passing a single test with a high score. We focus on the whole picture.

What Our Students Say

"What can I tell you about this training? when you first look into it, it seems like a gamble to give someone, who you may not know that well, money to teach you about things you don't really know much about. Well let me tell you, this training has been one of the most valuable tools in my aviation career. If you don't know Chris Palmer then give him a call, talk with him and you will soon see his passion for teaching and for aviation. He prepares you for you test, but he also gives you real life experience and scenarios from an experienced Alaskan pilot. He helps explain and expand on things that just don't quite make sense when you read them out of a book. I couldn't tell you enough about how valuable it is to have this training in my back pocket. So take the jump, join the training, and be ready for your world to be rocked with outstanding training and rock solid knowledge."
Matt Miller -- Former Student

Course Subjects Covered

  • Aircraft Controls
  • Aircraft Systems
  • Aerodynamics
  • Aircraft Loading
  • The Senses of Flight
  • Airports
  • Sectional Charts
  • Airspace
  • PAVE
  • Written Test Prep
  • Maintenance & Docs
  • Weather
  • Weather Services
  • Flight Planning
  • FAA Flight Plans
  • Human Factors
  • Regulations
  • Aeromedical
  • Instruments

Playback on virtually any device that is connected to the internet.


Join whenever you are, at any time, anywhere with a connection.


Enjoy 30 hours of jam packed, in-depth training.

Where We Fly

Alaska requires the best from a pilot.

Our training is greatly enhanced by the lessons learned at our home base. 

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What Our Students Say

"First off, I had just caught up on the Aviator Cast podcast when this ground school began. So it was a trip to be able to be in class with the guy I'd been listening to every time I was driving. I emailed Chris a question about starting flight training and he was very prompt and helpful, and told me I should look into this ground school. So I did. Being able to interact with someone that I strangely already felt comfortable with (thanks Aviator Cast, one way relationship, I know) was huge in that I had full confidence in the process. Learning from actual experiences and stories made the information easier to latch onto and more tangible. The online meetings are the meat and potatoes of the course, but Chris makes himself available if anyone has any questions or thoughts outside the meeting times. I am even more excited going forward from here than I was coming in to the class, and I was already super excited about it! This was my first step toward learning to fly, and I am proud to say it began with Chris Palmer. He has an innate charismatic ability to exude passion and excitement for aviation, and to me, those qualities make the absolute best teachers."
Caleb Davis -- Former Student

Course Instructor

Chris Palmer

AviatorTraining Founder | Chief CFI


In 2006 Chris founded Angle of Attack, specializing in flight simulation training. More recently he has worked on large scale training projects for major manufacturers and airlines. His passion is in general aviation and seeing the success of each individual student. Today he sees that success on a daily basis with students at Angle of Attack in Homer, Alaska.

Books We Use

(not included with purchase)

The Kit includes:

  • Pilot Briefcase
  • The Complete Private Pilot
  • Private Pilot Test Prep book
  • FAR/AIM book
  • Visualized Flight Maneuvers Handbook (for High-Wing Aircraft)
  • The Complete Private Pilot Syllabus
  • Private Oral Exam Guide
  • Airman Certification Standards for Private Pilot
  • Fiberboard E6-B flight computer
  • Ultimate Rotating Plotter
  • Standard Pilot Logbook
  • Student Pilot Guide
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What Our Students Say

"This course is worth every cent, Chris is a very passionate instructor and will get you to your next level. This course is so much better than a online course (non live course) you can ask questions, have discussions with other students. I recommend anybody that is very serious on getting there Private Pilots License to take this course."
Norman Reiff -- Former Student


A one-of-a-kind Money Back Guarantee.

We offer a great Money Back Guarantee. If we sign you off with an endorsement, and you for some reason don’t pass your Written Test, we will pay for your Written Test AND refund you for your Ground School. That’s right, it’s more than a 100% guarantee. That’s how confident we are in this program. It works, and we know it will for you, too.

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Private Pilot Online Ground School with a CFI. Pass your Written and launch into training.


  • Certified Flight Instructor Guided Lessons
  • Knowledge for the Written Test
  • Preparation for Flight Training
  • Classroom feel wherever you are
  • Official Written Endorsement
  • Private Pilot Written Test Prep
  • Real World Scenarios & Stories
  • On Any Device with Internet

Got more questions? Email us

You can also call or text us directly at 907.299.7359

Frequently Asked Questions

Is ground school the same as ground instruction given by a flight instructor(according to the FAR/Aim)?

There is a difference between ground school and ground instruction. Ground instruction is typically given during a flight lesson before and/or after the flight portion of the lesson. Ground School meets a requirement to pass what is called a Written Test, required by the FAA. This Knowledge Test requires understanding of many subjects areas. Without a Ground School course, students won’t have a head-start when going to those flight lessons, and will likely spend more time and money getting their license.

Do I need to do flight training at the same time as ground school, and why?

Starting concurrently is the bare minimum. To start Flight Training first, and ground training (or ground school) later, will mean increases in time and cost. Students are best prepared by first taking a ground school, and then going to flight lessons, or at the very least starting them concurrently.

Is there an order in which a student pilot should attack the different stages of certification?

While you can start flight training without having started a Ground School, you’ll find that your progress is slowed by not knowing the subjects ahead of time. By having much of the book/class knowledge out of the way with a Ground School before starting, you’ll find your progress through flight training is much faster.

Does a Written Test expire?

The Written Exam is valid for 2 years after the date of completion, giving the student more than enough time to go through flight training.

How can this course be applied to an official PPL exam?

There are three tests required to become a private pilot; a Written Exam, Oral Exam and Practical Test. The Oral Exam and Practical Test are commonly referred to as the Checkride. The Checkride cannot begin without the Written Exam being completed ahead of time.

Our Ground School will help you complete and pass that required Written Test that you can then take to your Checkride.

Should I complete my ground school before flight training or is it better to do complete further along training?

As mentioned in other answers above, Ground School is much better completed prior to or at at the start of flight training.

Can this course replace an official course from an accredited flight school?

This course is accredited by way of our instructor being FAA certificated. It counts just like any other school or University.

Does it matter that I essentially know nothing?

Nope. That’s the assumption we start with, that the class is starting from nothing. We’ll cover it from the ground up.

Are the books a necessary purchase? For example I already own FAR/AIM...

The other books are quite necessary, especially the actually flight planning tools you’ll be required to use on the test. Unfortunately, it does come with a bit of book work. There’s no way to get by without having some reading time involved. The FAR/AIM changes from year to year, and ends up being a waste if used in paper form. I prefer to use an app for FAR/AIM because it’s searchable. I’ll talk about that in the class as well (and how to manage a lot of other data)


Join our unique Ground School and get started toward your Private Pilot License.