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Private Pilot Written Test Preparation Courses

This page contains help for units or instructors which would like to mentor cadets through an online private pilot written test preparation course. If you choose to use the products, it is the instructor's responsibility to ensure the aids they use are current. If you see anything that needs updating, please contact us at

Cadets who are interested in obtaining their private pilot certificate need to pass an FAA private pilot written exam.  There are many commercial off the shelf products that help cadets learn the concepts and prepare for the test. Because this is a difficult hurdle to overcome alone, CAP units often put together a cohort of cadets to mentor, as they complete their coursework together. The courses usually last 4-6 weeks and meet in-person or virtually to allow participants to review harder-to-learn concepts and ask an instructor pilot questions.

Format:          Virtual, multi-week activity, typically 6 weeks in duration

Audience:        Cadets who are working towards a private pilot certificate

Approved Curricula:        CAPS71 series addresses approved curricula for flight training.  For airplanes, several commercial off the shelf syllabi are approved. The approved companies listed in the table below also have online ground school products. 

Company Online Ground School Product Link Company Contact, If applicable
Aviation Supplies and Academics, Inc  
Gleim, Aviation
King Schools, Inc.
Rod Machado’s Aviation Learning Center  
Sporty’s Pilot Shop  

Note: Companies offering discounted aviation materials to all CAP members are listed in the Member Benefits/Aviation page of

Helps and Aids: The following table has a series of links to aids that can assist you in setting up your course and instructor slides. 


& Instructor Slides

(Links in this table are to files hosted in Dropbox. You may need to create a free Dropbox account to access the materials. These items are view only. If you would like to be able to edit them, contact to get an editable version.)

How to Use Private Pilot Prep Course Aids How to Onboard Cadets and Instructors
1.Introduction and Aerodynamics 2.Flight Instruments
3and4.Aeronautical Charts and Airspace 5.Communications
6.Radio and Electronic Navigation 7.Airport Operations and Aircraft Systems
8.Weather 9.FAA Regulations
10.Cross Country Planning 11.Performance
12.Weight and Balance 13.Risk Management


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