Ground School – Week 2
I’m learning to drink from the firehose, sorta 😁 That was a comment I received from my post about Ground School – Week 1, which I felt was so true for me. This week was filled with lots of really new topics, so a lot to take in, but it felt a bit more manageable than last week.
As for my handy dandy ground school notebook, I’ve surpassed the halfway mark through all the pages, but seeing as I’m 67% through the Sporty’s Learn To Fly online course, I should be a few pages short of full when I’m done.
My biggest anxiety and challenge this week was with aviation maps and charts, which is also where I left off for the week. So, it might be the case that when I complete the training on that topic, it’ll make sense. I was so inundated with all the complexity of the maps that I nearly stopped and called my CFI for any advice, but I think I’ll finish the classes on this topic, perhaps reference the PHAK and the AFH for more learning before asking for some direction.
Also, I ordered from more materials for pre-written study:
- Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement for Private Pilot
- I figured that if they’re going to hand me this supplement handbook during the written test, and then use it for their questions, I sure as hell better know what’s being described in each of this pages which are applicable to the PPL. In other words, I want to make sure that nothing in here seems completely new to me.
- Jeppesen Private Pilot FAA Airmen Knowledge Test Guide
- So interestingly enough, I have a copy of this same book on my shelf, but it’s 15 years old. I got it about 6 years ago from someone who was clearing out their bookshelf. I flipped through it and saw that it was a book of test questions used for prep. To my surprise, Amazon was selling a used copy of it for $6.98, so I said “Sure, why not. Another test prep book to help reinforce the learning”
So what did I learn this week?
- Practice Landings
- Stall Rhetoric
- Normal Landings
- Down to Earth
- Takeoff & Landing Variations
- Nontowered Airport Communications
- Wake Turbulence Avoidance
- Your First Solo
- Pre-Solo Maneuvers
- International Flight Training
- Steep Turns
- Touch and Go
- Fog & Atmospheric Pressure
- The Pitot Static System
- Pilot’s Operating Handbook
- METARs and the Weather Prediction Chart
- Terminal Aerodrome Forecast (TAF)
- Intro to Glass Cockpit Systems
- Airport Signs and Markings
- Phonetic Alphabet
- Thunderstorms and Convective Forecasts
- Radar Imagery
- Reducing Drag
- Thrust, Stability, & Center of Gravity
- Flight Service Weather Briefings
- Graphical Forecast for Aviations
- Federal Aviation Regulations
- Eye to the Sky
- Student Pilot & Medical Certificate
- Fit for Flight
- Your Dual Cross-Country
- Night Flying
- The Night Shift
- Aviation Charts and NOTAMs
- Reading Sectional Charts (I stopped in the middle of this. I’ll pick up here tomorrow)
So, yeah, that’s a lot, but I’m learning to ingest it better than last week. I’m still highly motivated and excited for more learning. I am curious as to what my plan will look like for more study once I complete the entire online course. Also, I haven’t yet utilized the flight simulator to reinforce my learning, so I’ll want to do that too. Turns out that Sporty’s has a resource on how to use Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSF) to teach alongside with their online course. So, I’ll use that with my X-Plane 11 sim and adapt it to the same goals.