Private Pilot Groundschool
Before an individual can receive a private pilot licence or recreational pilot permit, he or she must demonstrate both flying skill and knowledge. Flying skill is demonstrated to a designated Transport Canada examiner on a flight test, and a specified number of dual and solo hours flight training must be completed before the flight test can be attempted. In contrast, general knowledge of various subjects related to flying is demonstrated by successful completion of a Transport Canada multiple-choice written examination; before a student pilot can write the examination, he or she must complete the groundschool requirements, complete 10 hours of flight training, and obtain the required Medical Certificate. The purpose of this course is to prepare the student pilot for the written examination. By introducing the student to such subjects as the theory of flight, airframes and aero engines, meteorology and navigation, airpersonship and flight procedures and rules, he or she will acquire knowledge to successfully write the written examination and to safely enjoy the art of flying.
The determination of Final Grade is as indicated above. To be recommended to write the Transport Canada Private Pilot or Recreation Pilot examination, students must attain a minimum course grade of 65%. They must also have a Medical Certificate appropriate for their licence, and they must have completed 10 hours of flight instruction.
Additionally, before students can write the Final Examination for this course, they must complete eight Review Quizzes (each quiz consisting of five to twenty multiple choice questions). Passing mark on the Review Quizzes is 60%. Study review questions appear at the end of each section and these should be used in preparation for the Review Quizzes.
It is impossible to cover in this courseall of the material associated with the Transport Canada examination. How well a student does depends directly on his or her efforts in reading, studying at home, and asking questions.
Transport Canada requires that groundschool attendance for individual students be maintained at the school in a Pilot Training Record. Students pursuing accelerated home study must carefully record the times and dates when they study; these times and dates will then be transcribed onto their Pilot Training Record and used in place of class attendance times.
Required Equipment E6‑B Flight Computer (or equivalent)
ICAO Chart Rule or Navigation Plotter
Vancouver VFR Navigation Chart.
Vancouver VTA Navigation Chart.
David L. Parry
2020 Canadian Private Pilot Groundschool Manual Vancouver: Paceline Pilot Training, Inc.
(Access to theHTML version of this manual is included in the online groundschool tuition)
Sandy A. F. MacDonald (Originating Author)
2011 From the Ground Up (Twenty-ninth Revised Edition) Ottawa: Aviation Publishers Co. Limited.
Kent Johnson and John Mullock
1996 Aviation Weather Hazards of British Columbia and the Yukon Kelowna: Source Graphics and Print Co. Ltd.
Aware Ottawa: Minister of Supply and Services Canada
1994 Human Factors for Aviation Ottawa: Transport Canada—Safety and Security
1999 Flight Training Manual (Fourth Edition) Ottawa: Minister of Supply and Services Canada
1988 Radiotelephone Operator Handbook Ottawa: Minister of Supply and Services Canada
Aeronautical Information Manual Ottawa: Department of Transport, Canada
Canada Flight Supplement Ottawa: Minister of Supply and Services Canada
Richard L. Collins
1977 Flying Safely New York: Delacorte Press/Eleanor Friede
1972 Stick and Rudder: An Explanation of the Art of Flying New York: McGraw‑Hill Book Company
Section I LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
Parry, “Licensing Requirements”
Section II AIRFRAMES, ENGINES AND SYSTEMS—PART I
Macdonald, “The Aeroplane”
Parry, “Airframes, Engines and Systems—Part I”
Section III AIRFRAMES, ENGINES AND SYSTEMS—PART II
MacDonald, “Aero Engines”
Parry, “Airframes, Engines and Systems—Part II”
Review Quiz #1: Licensing Requirements, Airframes, Engines and Systems.
Section IV AERODYNAMICS AND THEORY OF FLIGHT
MacDonald, “Theory of Flight” (excluding "Flight Instruments")
Parry, “Aerodynamics and Theory of Flight”
Review Quiz #2: Aerodynamics and Theory of Flight.
Section V CANADIAN AVIATION REGULATIONS
Macdonald, “Aeronautical Rules & Facilities”
Parry, “Canadian Aviation Regulations”
Review Quiz #3: Canadian Aviation Regulations.
Section VI FLIGHT OPERATIONS
MacDonald, “Aeronautical Facilities”
Parry, “Flight Operations”
Section VII HUMAN FACTORS AND PILOT DECISION-MAKING
Parry, “Human Factors and Pilot Decision-Making”
Review Quiz #4: Flight Operations and Human Factors and Pilot Decision-making
Section VIII METEOROLOGY—PART I (GENERAL)
Parry, “Meteorology—Part I”
Section IX METEOROLOGY—PART II (ACTIVE WEATHER)
Parry, “Meteorology—Part II”
Review Quiz #5: Meteorology—Part I and II (General and Active Weather)
Section X METEOROLOGY—PART III (WEATHER INFORMATION)
MacDonald, same as above.
Parry, “Weather Information”
Review Quiz #6: Meteorology—Part III (Weather Information)
Section XI NAVIGATION
MacDonald, “Air Navigation”
Review Quiz #7: Navigation
Section XII RADIO AND ELECTRONIC THEORY (RADIO NAVIGATION)
MacDonald, “Radio Navigation.”
Parry, “Radio Navigation”
Section XIII FLIGHT INSTRUMENTS
MacDonald, Flight Instruments in “Theory of Flight”
Parry, “Flight Instruments”
Review Quiz #8: Radio Navigation and Flight Instruments.