Private Pilot
Made Easy.

Our online ground school will help you pass the FAA Private Pilot test with flying colors. Achieve your dreams of flying an airplane.

  • Save thousands with our online ground school - in-person instruction costs up to $70/hr
  • 2000+ students like you have used this course to ace the test
  • 35 hours of short, easy-to-follow videos with beautiful graphics
  • Classroom instruction from the comfort of your home
  • You're guaranteed to pass the test or you'll get $150 and a full refund. 99% of our students pass.
Enroll in this course

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Why Pilot Institute

Pass the Test the 1st Time - Guaranteed!

Pass the Test the 1st Time - Guaranteed!

The industry's best guarantee: We will promptly send you $150 in the mail and give you 100% of your money back if you don't pass the FAA's test on your 1st try. We're serious. That's how confident we are in our course.

Free Instructor Endorsement

Free Instructor Endorsement

This course comes with the instructor endorsement that's required by the FAA for you to take the test.

540+ videos

540+ videos

Learn everything you need to know to pass the test on the first try. Breeze through our lessons while understanding complicated topics. Easily pick up where you left off - stop and start when you have time to study. The average lesson is just 3 minutes long.

See Test-like Questions

See Test-like Questions

Our course comes with several practice exams and over 800 practice questions that you can use to test your knowledge. You'll be ready and confident on your test day.

Lifetime Access

Lifetime Access

We offer lifetime access to our course, which is another way we stand out. You can always come back if you need a refresher, even after you get your certificate.

Mobile and Offline Access

Mobile and Offline Access

You can watch our lessons on mobile phones and even download them for offline access. Watch lessons at up to 2x speed or even slow them down.

Accurate Information

Accurate Information

The aviation industry changes constantly. Our instructors closely track FAA changes and update the course so you're always up-to-date and not learning incorrect or out of date info.

Study Groups & Support

Study Groups & Support

Join our study groups and learn with other people. Leave comments on a lesson and get a response fast. Get one-on-one support from your instructor when you need it. We're here to help you.

From Our Students Here is what they are saying about this course

I got my Private Pilot certificate in 1995 and supplemented my ground school by watching a famous couple on VHS videos -- like many did back then. I must say, I enjoyed your course way better! No, seriously, your teaching method, explanations, course organization, and resources were exactly what I was looking for. Thank you! I will certainly refer others to your course!

S. Davis

S. Davis

Great course. Greg is very engaging with his delivery of course information and very complete. I've learned a lot in a short time to review the course.

Stephen Prewitt

Stephen Prewitt

Greg is amazing instructor! He tries his best to make sure you understand the concepts, explains in simple yet detailed way and really emphasises most important parts. Really glad I am learning this even though I am not sure whether I will actually apply for the license :) Would give this course more stars than 5 :)

Saulius Baulinskas

Saulius Baulinskas

Very good course for new pilots. Flow of the course was great, he covers everything from the basic with enough advanced hints to put all the pieces of flying together. Can't wait to start flying.

Matt Short

Matt Short

Let’s meet your instructor Taught by experts, focused on outcomes.

Greg Reverdiau

Greg Reverdiau

Certified Flight Instructor, Commercial Pilot, Drone Pilot

Hi, I'm Greg or Professor R as my students call me.


I have been an aviation professional since the early 2000s. I currently hold the following FAA certificates: Certified Flight Instructor, Commercial Pilot (for single and multi engine), and UAS Remote Pilot. I have worked for two of the biggest aeronautical universities in the country (managing flight training programs of up to 500 students and 50 aircraft) and in teaching roles as an adjunct professor. I now concentrate on educating the next generation of manned and unmanned pilots by creating online courses.


I truly enjoy teaching both in the classroom and online as well as sharing my knowledge using newer technology. I intend to help bridge the gap between the manned and unmanned aircraft industry to increase safety.


I hold a Bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Science and a Masters Degree in Aviation Human Factors, both from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL.


When I am not teaching, you can find me running in the beautiful mountains surrounding Prescott, AZ.

FAQ Have questions? Get the answers below. You can also contact us.

Do I need to start flying before taking this class?

No, you can start this course before even finding a flight school. There is an entire chapter in the course on how to choose a flight school so we recommend you watch this first. This information comes from insider experience running large flight schools across the country. You will be able to pick the best school in your area and learn how to save money. After a few lessons, you can sign up for a flight school if you haven't already.

What's the difference between a ground school and a flight school?

In order to pass your FAA exam and become a Private Pilot, you need to receive both ground and flight training. Pilot Institute provides you with ground training, hence our title of ground school. The second part of your exam will be done in the airplane so you need to receive instruction from a flight school. Find a local school that matches your budget and your expectations to get this training completed.

Do you offer an instructor endorsement at the end of the course?

Yes. If you complete 100% of the course and can show proof that you can achieve an 80% grade on two timed practice exams, we will send you a free written endorsement in the mail that satisfies the aeronautical knowledge requirement of 14 CFR Part 61.35(a)(1), 61.103(d) and 61.105. You can only receive this endorsement from an FAA certified flight instructor who provided you with the proper training.

Can I use this course if I'm not flying in the United States?

Absolutely. We have many students who train in Canada, the UK, Australia and many other parts of the world. Most of the topics in this course are "country-less". We do however recommend you find a supplement for airspace/charts and regulation that is specific to your country as those topics tend to vary.

What happens if I need help?

No problem. Our instructors are happy to help you with questions and give you the answer you need in a timely fashion. Need more time? You can book a few hours of one-on-one time with our instructors like you would at a local flight school, all from the comfort of your house.

Does this class qualify for Part 141 training?

No, this class satisfies the requirements of the FAA Part 61. If you are enrolled in a Part 141 training program, you will have to complete your school's program. This course is however a great way to supplement your Part 141 training since we cover the exact same topics but likely in way more details.

Do you work with corporations?

Absolutely. We can work with companies of any size. Please email us with your requirements.

Can I write this course off on my taxes?

Many of our students are able to deduct our course from their taxes. It depends on the reason you’re taking the course. So, consult your tax accountant.

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Course Description

This course is designed to give you the necessary ground knowledge to pass the FAA Private Pilot Airplane (PAR) Knowledge Test in preparation for the Private Pilot license or certificate. I specifically designed this material to be comprehensive and not just an overview.

 

It took over 6 months of full time work to research, prepare the slides, record, and edit this course. We continue to make changes to make it even better.

 

You won’t feel overwhelmed – you will walk into the test room with confidence. Many people who take this course haven’t taken an exam in 30 years or more.

 

You will be able to spot the trick questions on the test and answer them right. You don’t need any prior aviation experience to take this course.

 

This is the only resource that you will need to pass the test. Having everything in one structured place is efficient and it will take you less time to pass.

 

Many people try to pass the written exam with short-term memorization. Even if you pass doing this, it often creates big problems down the line with the checkride and oral exams. Your instructor could force you to get expensive residual training.

 

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • ask tough questions to flight schools and avoid spending unnecessary money,
  • know what it takes to become a private pilot, and what you can do with your license,
  • understand how aircraft systems operate so you save time during your preflight inspection,
  • learn how instruments in the cockpit work, and what information they provide you in flight,
  • explain how airplanes fly and the effect of various aerodynamic forces,
  • compute weight and balance problems and properly load the aircraft,
  • calculate density altitude and understand its effect on performance,
  • interpret the Federal Aviation Regulation and stay out of trouble,
  • understand the factors that affect flight performance, including hypoxia and various illusions,
  • assess and mitigate risk,
  • identify and predict dangerous weather phenomena,
  • read and understand aviation weather report such as METAR, TAF, and PIREPs.
  • understand how airports are organized and how to decode airport data,
  • communicate on the radio and understand what controllers and other pilots are saying,
  • identify airspace on charts,
  • read charts and extract useful information to safely conduct your flights,
  • navigate the aircraft using on board instruments,
  • master the use of flight computers,
  • and more importantly, successfully plan a cross-country flight!

 

We keep videos clear and concise and this course is mobile and user-friendly.

 

I will go IN DETAIL about each of the knowledge areas and provide explanations to not only pass the test, but also become a proficient pilot. This will give you the confidence you need when you are in the cockpit. I divided the course into five logical sections.

 

(1) The first part covers an introduction to flight training (including tips on picking a flight school from a 15-year flight school executive), aircraft structureaircraft systems, and flight instruments.

 

(2) The second part goes over Basic AerodynamicsAerodynamic ForcesWeight & Balance, and Performance & Limitations

 

(3) The third part covers RegulationInspections & DocumentsAeromedical Factors, and Aeronautical Decision Making

 

(4) The fourth part focuses Weather TheoryWeather ServicesAirport Operations, and Radio Communications

 

(5) The fifth and final part discusses Airspace, ChartsNavigation, Flight Computer Cross-Country Planning.

 

Included in this course are links to the free FAA publications as well as over 800 practice questions and several practice exams.

 

This course follows the guidance of the Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) under Part 61. You should definitely start flight training while taking this course but previous experience is NOT required to start.

Learning how to safely fly a plane at first looks like a foreign language. We’ve put together this resource to make becoming a pilot easier and share our love of flight.

The Easiest Way to Pass the Exam Some courses teach to the test. This leaves you with surface level knowledge and it makes it harder to pass the test. We have a fresh approach.

  • Designed for visual, auditory, and reading learners.
  • Achieve your life-long dream of flying an airplane.
  • Short, easy to understand videos. Be flying in no time.
  • You'll Pass the Test the 1st Time - Guaranteed.
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