In addition to the time you will spend learning the physical skills of flying, you will have to do a significant amount of studying and book work.  In order to get your license, you will have to take the Private Pilot License written test, as well as pass a oral exam at the time of your checkride.  The information covered in both of these tests will also be crucial to your training as a safe pilot.

Private Pilot Ground School

Starting on August 30th 2017, SunWest will start offering a ground school intended for student and private pilots. Cody Oliver will be teaching this 10-week class, once a week. The price of $250 will include all supplies, such as a bag, books, E6-B, a plotter, etc.
We intend to also offer commercial classes in the future, and are open for such requests as of now.

To cover the knowledge and written test prep portion of your training, you have three different options, allowing you to choose the program that best suits your learning style and schedule:

One-on-one classroom:  You and your instructor can go through the full extent of the material in study sessions.

Ground School (Private Pilot and Commercial):  From time to time, SunWest organizes group-based ground instruction. For private pilots, the next class will start August 30th, 2017. Commercial ground school dates will be announced in the future.

Interactive Online Programs**:  There are a variety of preparation programs, allowing you to study at home.  This reduces the time spent with your instructor to simply covering any questions you have or things that need clarification.

Home Study**:  You can also do a home study program using FAA resources, such as the Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, the Airplane Flying Handbook, and the FAR/AIM.

**With both interactive online and home study programs, your instructor will reinforce what you are learning and ensure it is incorporated into your flight training.