This course prepares students for the private pilot rating and exam. The course covers aeronautical subjects and topics applicable to private pilot flight operations. Topics will include aircraft systems, navigation, flight planning, aerodynamics, weight & balance, aircraft performance calculations, FAA regulations, airspace, air traffic control, aviation weather, aeromedical factors, emergency procedures, aeronautical decision making and crew resource management.
Textbooks and Supplies
- Pilots Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge – FAA-H-8083-25A. FAA: FAA, 2008 Edition
- Private Pilot FAA Knowledge Test. Irvin Gleim: Gleim Publications Inc. 2014 Edition
- FAR/AIM. FAA: Reprinted by ASA, 2014 Edition
- Airplane Flying Handbook – FAA-H-8083-3A. FAA: FAA, 2004
- Rod Machados Private Pilot Handbook. Rod Machado, Aviation Speakers Bureau
- Rod Machados Private Pilot Workbook. Rod Machado, Aviation Speakers Bureau
This is a hybrid course, which means we will be meeting in person 50% of the time and online 50% of the time.
Computer Skills, Requirements & On-Campus Labs
Computer Skills: Students should be able to type 25 WPM with 90% accuracy, and be comfortable with web browsing, word processing, sending and receiving email (with attachments), and saving coursework on a computer. Test your skills: Typing Test
Computer Equipment Requirements: To access your Blackboard classroom, you will need to know your username/password, have internet access, and a valid email account. Please check the requirements page on the Distance Education web site for a current list of supported browsers and operating systems.
Availability of On-campus Computers: Computers are available in the Learning Resource Center and at times in the TE1-214 lab.
Computer Equipment and Requirements
In order to make sure your computer equipment is capable of handling Cypress’ online requirements go to:
Cypress College Blackboard Login Page and check your system as stated under “Get Help” just below the Log-in section.