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The Best Online Aviation Courses for Pilots

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Learning to fly? Planning on adding additional ratings to your pilot license? Then these online courses and ground schools will be a great help!

The Best Online Aviation Ground Schools

1. Bruce Hogan's Complete Private Pilot Training Course

Bruce "Flybook" Hogan is an experienced airline captain (flying everything from GA aircraft to DC-3's and B747's), a flight instructor with more than 9000 hours of instruction given and creator of many online ground school courses and FAA seminars.

In his Complete Private Pilot Training Course, Bruce has created one of the best online ground schools available today, at the price of less than $50! The course is suited for both helicopter and fixed-wing pilots.

This online course consists of 4 Modules:

  • A Step-By-Step Helicopter Pilot Training DVD
  • Complete JAR and FAA Groundschool Pilot Course With Over 2000 Illustrated Pages of Tutorials
  • Helicopter Flight Training Manuals & Fixed-Wing Private Pilot Handbook
  • JAR & FAA 26,000 Q&As, Study Guides and Cheat Sheets For Private Pilots, Instructors, Instrument Rating, Commerical Pilots & More...

Compared to other online ground school courses, this course bundles immense value at a very low price. According to many reviews, it's worth every cent.

The intuitive approach... combined with the crystal clear video explanations and difficult concepts, and literally the best illustrations and diagrams I have ever seen, serves to set this 2 DVD flight course apart from all others. This course will set a new standard in the field. - Michael Cruz / Flight Instructor, L-39 type rating

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$47.00

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Bruce Hogan's Complete Private Pilot Training Course
Last update: October 18, 2019

2. Rod Machado's 40-hour Private Pilot eLearning Ground School

Thinking about learning to fly? Do you want to fly for a living? Would you like to refresh your knowledge for your flight review? If so, then the place to start is with Rod Machado's new 40-hour+ private pilot eLearning ground school. This eLearning course prepares you to take the private pilot knowledge exam and provides the foundation of knowledge needed to make your flight training a more enjoyable experience. 

This highly animated, interactive eLearning course is one of the most comprehensive, private pilot ground training programs on the market today. Its 26-course modules span 40-hours of highly educational, fun and interactive aviation ground training. The depth of material covered in this course is what you'd find in your traditional single-semester, college aviation ground school.

I have been flying a very long time and have used them all... King, Sportys, Gleim... I am speechless as to how comprehensive and clear the material in Rod's Private Course is.... ( I bought it for review ). Best money I have ever spent in Aviation or out. Cannot recommend strongly enough. And continually entertaining! Can't wait for the Instrument version! - Andy G

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$279.00299.00

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Rod Machado's 40-hour Private Pilot eLearning Ground School
Last update: October 18, 2019

3. Sport's Learn to Fly Course

Flight training has never been easier, thanks to Sporty’s 2019 Learn to Fly Course. It's everything you need to prepare for your written test and earn your pilot certificate, with ground school, test prep, and real-world training - all in one easy-to-use package. For the cost of a single flight lesson, our course will save you hours of time in the air and hundreds of dollars. The step-by-step video lessons are better than ground school, helping you prepare for your next flight lesson ahead of time so you spend less time reviewing and more time learning. Ace the written with our interactive test preparation program.

You can create customized study sessions from the actual FAA test questions and see the right and wrong answers, plus plain English explanations written by our team of CFIs. Then, take a practice test that simulates the real knowledge exam you'll have to pass. We’ll even give you the flight instructor endorsement to take the written test—right from the course! You can take this endorsement to the FAA testing center, and log it in your ForeFlight logbook.

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$199.99

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Sporty's Learn to Fly Course - Private Pilot Test Prep (Online and iOS App)
Last update: October 18, 2019

The Best Online Aviation Courses for Pilots

1. Understanding Weather - Rod Machado's Interactive eLearning Course

Rod Machado's interactive eLearning course on Understanding Weather is precisely the course you need to help you make sense of the basic weather concepts you either missed or never quite understood in ground school. Presented in Rod's highly popular Laugh & Learn training style, this 5.5-hour course will have you feeling a lot more comfortable about the environment in which you fly.

The best option short of private ground school with Rod Machado. Understanding Weather isolates specific pieces of the weather puzzle in each module and fits them all together as you proceed, using Rod’s trademark humor and thorough teaching style. I completed the course before a cross country trip from MN to AZ in my 172. Frontal systems, lapse rates, atmospheric stability, wind shear, turbulence and mountain waves all came in very handy. Highly recommended whether you are an IFR or VFR Pilot. - Michael Kennedy

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$89.00129.00

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Last update: October 18, 2019

2. Understanding Airspace - Interactive eLearning Course

Rod Machado's course on Understanding Airspace for all Pilots is a fun-filled course that helps all pilots better understand our present airspace system and a pilot's obligation when operating within it. This course is designed for anyone interested in passing their private, commercial or CFI knowledge or practical exam. It's also a valuable course for rusty pilots desiring to regain their currency. But this isn't just another course on airspace. It's a detailed, fun-filled course that provides explanations as to "Why" the airspace exists the way it does. It's not enough to know the rules. It's also very important to know the reason behind them.

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$29.95

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Last update: October 18, 2019

3. Handling In-Flight Emergencies eLearning Course

Welcome to Rod Machado's interactive eLearning course on handling in-flight emergencies. If you've ever wondered whether or not you could handle some of the more common and rare in-flight emergencies a pilot might experience, then this is the course that will train you to do so. Rod provides practical strategies for dealing with these emergencies and does so in a fun, interesting and highly educational way. Not only are these ideas presented with animation, you'll also see actual, in-flight demonstrations of certain emergency procedures. This six-hour course also contains questions to test your knowledge. You can even download the course to your tablet device for off-line viewing.

I couldn't wait for Rod's Handling In-Flight Emergencies course to come out. As a Flight Instructor, it's critically important to me to explore the many scenarios of what could go wrong with my students. Sometimes scenarios are difficult to makeup when they are not derived from real-life experiences. Rod's course allows me to explore the possible issues that could arise and talk with my students to evaluate the risk factors and what-if's. Highly recommended for all pilots. - Amy Smith

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$79.0099.00

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Last update: October 18, 2019

4. Secrets of Instrument Approaches and Departures

If you’re an active IFR pilot or preparing for an IPC or even your ATP or IFR rating, then this course is for you. Why? Because the IFR pilot’s weakest link is approach and departure knowledge as it relates to instrument charts.

I only discovered this course halfway through my IFR training. I had then already completed the full Cessna IFR syllabus. Yet, every session in Mr. Machado's course was full of information I hadn't seen anywhere else. I think I'm finally starting to grasp the big IFR picture. And, as usual, it is all delivered in a light-hearted fashion. Highly recommended for students and seasoned pilots alike! - Christian Plante

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$79.00

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Secrets of Instrument Approaches and Departures - eLearning Course
Last update: October 18, 2019


Last updated on September 23, 2019 by Senne Vandenputte

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