Ground School


Learn to fly at the San Diego Air & Space Museum

Enrollment opens for Spring 2011 class

Learn what it takes to fly! If you want to fly but are daunted by what you think you need to learn, have no fear—the San Diego Air & Space Museum can help you get started. Enrollment begins Monday, November 1st for our Private Pilot Ground School at the Balboa Park location, with classes beginning March 16th, 2011.

This 13-week course prepares attendees to take the written examination for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Private Pilot certificate; students can take the course either prior to or in conjunction with actual flight training.

Classes are held in the Museum’s state-of-the-art Education Center. Experienced Museum educators and an FAA certified Advanced Ground Instructor present the course using the King Schools’ FAA-certified materials, augmented with “special touches” unique to the Museum, including hands-on applications of lesson objectives.

The curriculum material for the Museum’s course is centered on DVD courseware from King Schools. John and Martha King, co-founders and co-owners of King Schools, are widely known within the aviation industry. At least half the people who have earned their private pilot certificates in the United States in the last several years have trained with the Kings’ video and computer media.

“Our Ground School is very basic training for the beginner or a solid refresher for former pilots,” museum educator "Rossco" Davis noted. “We aim to reach new and non-traditional audiences for pilot training—the skeptics, the unsure, the uninitiated—who might shy away from formal commercial flight schools. We want more people to learn what it takes to fly!”

Classes are planned for a minimum of 10 students and a maximum of 30.  Each class is held on Wednesday evening from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Classes are offered for $20 per lesson or a discounted $225 for the entire 13-session course. Museum Members can enroll in the entire course for $200. Registration begins on November 1st through the Museum’s Education Department at (619) 234-8291, ext. 119.  

For more information and the Spring 2011 schedule, click here

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