• Saturday & Sunday – October 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th and November 4th, 5th
  • 9am to 4pm each day.


Eastern Slope Aviation Academy Classroom
Eastern Slope Airport (KIZG)
Fryeburg, Maine


Ed Bergeron, AGI


$295 for Academy Members. Nonmembers must join ESAvAc.


Email fly@easternslopeaviationacademy.org for more info and to sign up.


  • Text (required) – “Pilot Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, FAA-H-8083-25B” Downloadable from FAA.gov or purchase from Sporty’s Pilot Shop
  • Texts (optional) – “Private Pilot Syllabus”, “Pilot Handbook”, “Private Pilot, FAA Knowledge Test Prep”. All available from Gleim Aviation.

This course is intended for all students who plan to take the FAA Private Pilot Exam as part of the pursuit of a Private Pilot License.

Ground School can be done either before beginning flight training or concurrently with flight training. The recommended minimum age for ground school is 15 years old. This assumes that a student will take the FAA Private Pilot written exam within a short period of time following completion of ground school. The results of the exam are good for two years. A student who begins flight training at 15 years old may solo on their 16th birthday but can’t take the PPL check flight and oral exam until their 17th birthday.

This is an intense/condensed effort to present all the topics needed to pass the FAA written exam. Topics include: Aeronautical Decision-Making, Aircraft Construction, Principles of Flight, Aerodynamics of Flight, Aircraft Systems, Flight Instruments, Weight and Balance, Aircraft Performance, Aviation Weather, Airport Operations, Airspace, Navigation and Aeromedical Factors. Quizzes will be given weekly with emphasis on passing the FAA written exam. A final practice FAA Exam will be given at the last class.

Highschool level math and physics are helpful but not required. Ability to read maps and charts and read and write English is required. Serious student commitment to class attendance and outside assignments is required.