ground school?

JGriffis

New Member
Hey guys I was just wondering how many hours of classtime (ground school) should you do when getting your Private? I know you can do a lot on your own so I guess i'm asking how much actual time should you spend with an instructor? How many hours should you pay for?
 

CAVOK

New Member
I guess as much as it takes you to learn the material. Hopefully your instructor is not a money grubbing jerk, and he/she will help you on the side. I don't believe I paid for any ground time when I was getting my private. I think I used the Jeppesen home study course and my instructor would just test me and talk to me about anything I had questions over, usually in the airplane on the way back from somewhere. Just make sure you know the material.
 

rhs

New Member
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I guess as much as it takes you to learn the material. Hopefully your instructor is not a money grubbing jerk, and he/she will help you on the side. I don't believe I paid for any ground time when I was getting my private. I think I used the Jeppesen home study course and my instructor would just test me and talk to me about anything I had questions over, usually in the airplane on the way back from somewhere. Just make sure you know the material.

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Agreed. I don't think I paid for any ground time except in the days preceeding my checkride in which we reviewed the oral material ad nauseum.
 

stultus

New Member
The FBO I went to was offering a night ground school course when I started my private, so I did that. Though I don't think I really learned much--or anything at all--that I wouldn't have picked up on my own. My instructor didn't do any ground with me except to prep for the solo, solo XC, and checkride to make sure I had a decent handle on things. He did, however, do something cool--once I got the hang of flying he would quiz me on everything up in the air--partly as a distraction to help me learn to multitask and think on my toes.

How much ground school you'll need to do with your instructor is a function of how diligent you are at studying on your own and how well you can understand and apply the book info in the cockpit.
 

Sprint100

Well-Known Member
No formal ground instruction for me either. I either learned things from regular flight lessons or reading on my own.
 
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