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Ground School

We wish we could tell you that getting your Private Pilot's license requires nothing more than showing up at Willamette Aviation a couple of times a week to strap yourself into a Cessna and head for the active runway with your Certified Flight Instructor. After all, the great joy of flight training is the flying — we love altitude, and you probably do as well.

However, pilot candidates must also pass exams — one before your first solo, and then a comprehensive written exam before proceeding to the flight test with the FAA Designated Examiner. Unfortunately, some students who display an aptitude for flight training can stumble when it comes to the knowledge-based material. And we should note that both Willamette Aviation and the FAA are serious about pilot education — the agency will not grant a Pilot Certificate (or additional ratings) if the candidate cannot comprehend and discuss a wide variety of aviation subjects, including airspace, regulations, aircraft systems, aeronautical decision-making, meteorology, aerodynamics, flight planning, navigation, aviation physiology, and more.

Sounds daunting? It doesn't have to be. In fact, most student pilots are smart, ambitious men and women who enjoy learning new concepts. The key is to have the concepts introduced in the proper setting, and from experienced instructors.

Willamette Aviation offers comprehensive Ground Schools for our student pilots, as well as those seeking additional certificates and ratings. We want to produce skilled, safe aviators who can pass the required flight test, but we also want to get you prepared for your exams — the pre-solo, written, and oral — which are major milestones of flight training just as important as the flight test itself.

Why choose to enroll in our Ground School? You certainly have the option to "go it alone," and there are some self-motivated students who make that choice. But for most, it simply won't be enough. With classroom study, you will progress on a regular schedule that keeps you motivated and helps ensure that you won't fall behind. You will have direct access to a Certified Flight Instructor, who will take the time to clarify any difficult concepts. And you will be prepared for your exams, which should present no surprises.

Even better, Ground School gives you the opportunity to meet and interact with other student pilots — folks who are progressing through their training just as you are, which gives everyone a great opportunity to share experiences and learn from each other. And we keep our classes small, normally less than ten students in a casual setting that is designed to promote a relaxed, discussion-based learning environment.

Are there any questions? Just call us at (503) 678-2252 or e-mail info@willametteair.com.


The Education Hangar

All of our Ground School classes are conducted in our Education Hangar classroom, just next door to our main building at Willamette Aviation — away from the day-to-day business of the pilot's lounge and shop. Students meet in a comfortable round-table setting, and the instructor has access to computers, charts, a white-board, and video materials, all contributing to a vivid learning experience based around the Jeppesen Guided Flight Discovery texts. We like to keep things informal, and we think our Education Hangar is ideal for student pilots who want to enjoy the learning process.


Advanced Ratings

Ready to move to the next flight level? In addition to our Private Pilot Ground School, we also offer courses for licensed pilots who are progressing to Instrument/Commercial, and we have ATC-610 and PCATD simulators on site (both are FAA-certified and logable). We also occasionally offer seminars on specific topics. Feel free to drop us a line for more info.