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Ground School

ground-school-in-action-1Westline Aviation presents CPL ground school classes on a regular basis so as to accommodate helicopter, aeroplane and micro light aspirant aviators. With professional instruction, small classes with a limited number of students and full-time theory ground school, students should find the course remarkably well-structured and enjoyable.

All the course subject material is supplied to students who sign up for the courses. PPL training is done on more of a One-on-one basis.

We also offer a complete ATPL ground school study phase lasting nine weeks, during which the eight ATPL subjects are lectured. The school has the capability to handle 30 students at a time during this phase. For helicopter CPL/ATPL students lectures are available to cover helicopter AT&G.

The school runs ground school classes in a number of phases per year so as to accommodate in the constant inflow of students. Please check our online calendar for the next ground school dates.

All books, calculators, nav computers and other requirements are available at our pilot shop.

The new Part 61 is here to stay. There are many changes and should you require information, please contact us.

PPL Ground School

Ground School in ActionThere are two phases to ground school. The first phase is coupled to flight training and will be done during normal daily slot times. This part of the ground training is particular to the exercises being done in the air.

The more formal part of ground training is conducted in a class room where all the students requiring this part of the ground training will congregate. The program caters for at least 5 weeks of ground school culminating in around 60 hours of class time. Class times and hours are adjusted from time to time in order to facilitate specific group and individual needs.

The following subjects are lectured:

  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft Technical (Engines and Airframes)
  • Principles of Flight
  • Navigation
  • Air Navigation Regulations (Air Law)
  • Human Performance
  • Flight Planning

Note:

  • Helicopter students are required to attend the aeroplane aerodynamic classes as well. This is in addition to the helicopter aerodynamics which follows this 8 hour lecture.
  • The Radio Licence is separate from the above subjects and is normally presented on Saturdays when we have 5 or more students requiring these lectures. We will naturally present the lectures for less students should there be an abnormal requirement or situation arising.
  • The subjects mentioned here will be tested under examination conditions. See the examinations section for details.

FIXED WING CPL GROUND SCHOOL

No Subjects Lecture Days
(4 Hours Per Day)
Self Study Hours Total
Hours
1 Aircraft Technical and general 5 40 60
2 Instruments 5 60 80
3 Navigation General 3 40 52
Navigation Plotting 3 60 72
4 Flight Planning 4 40 58
Human Performance 2 20 48
5 Radios 5 60 80
6 Meteorology 4 40 56
7 Air Law 2 40 48
8 Procedures 2 40 48
TOTAL 35 Days 420 602

Notes:

  • A study day consists of 8 hours and a study week of 40 hours. Self study hours must only be counted after the ground school phase is completed. This would mean that after the seven weeks of ground school, one should allow at least another 2.5 months to prepare for the first sitting should you want to write all the subjects and if you had the privilege of studying full time. Compensation could be made as most students write in for 5 subject during the first sitting.
  • The lecture days are 4 hours per day in the classroom
  • Students are to summarise work after each days lecturing.
  • Students are to prepare questionnaires for the following day
  • Daily short tests will be given for each subject to test understanding and progress
  • Self study hours are advisory only
  • Computer based examinations are available at Westline Aviation
  • The student must attempt a minimum of four subjects during his first sitting
  • The student must have a valid PPL before being allowed to enter for the CPL ground exams
  • The remaining subjects must be completed within 24 months after qualification to carry.
  • Failing to be successful on all 8 subjects inside the 4 sittings after qualification to carry, will result in a fresh start with all subjects
  • Examinations are to be written at CAA Waterfall Park Johannesburg
  • Students are to secure bookings and payments for the sittings by themselves
  • The student will have two years to complete the CPL flight test after accreditation of all 8 subjects

HELICOPTER CPL GROUND SCHOOL

No Subjects Lecture Days
(4 Hours Per Day)
Self Study Hours Total
Hours
1 Aircraft Technical and general 5 40 60
2 Instruments 5 60 80
3 Navigation General 3 40 52
Navigation Plotting 3 60 72
4 Flight Planning 4 40 58
Human Performance 2 20 48
5 Radios 5 60 80
6 Meteorology 4 40 56
7 Air Law 2 40 48
8 Procedures 2 40 48
9 Helicopter Technical and General 2 40 48
TOTAL 37 Days 460 650

Notes:

  • A study day consists of 8 hours and a study week of 40 hours. Self study hours must only be counted after the ground school phase is completed. This would mean that after the seven weeks of ground school, one should allow at least another 2.5 months to prepare for the first sitting should you want to write all the subjects and if you had the privilege of studying full time. Compensation could be made as most students write in for 5 subject during the first sitting.
  • The lecture days are 4 hours per day in the classroom
  • Students are to summarise work after each days lecturing.
  • Students are to prepare questionnaires for the following day
  • Daily short tests will be given for each subject to test understanding and progress
  • Self study hours are advisory only
  • Computer based examinations are available at Westline Aviation
  • The student must attempt a minimum of four subjects during his first sitting
  • The student must have a valid PPL before being allowed to enter for the CPL ground exams
  • The remaining subjects must be completed within 24 months after qualification to carry.
  • Failing to be successful on all 8 subjects inside the 4 sittings after qualification to carry, will result in a fresh start with all subjects
  • Examinations are to be written at CAA Waterfall Park Johannesburg
  • Students are to secure bookings and payments for the sittings by themselves
  • The student will have two years to complete the CPL flight test after accreditation of all 8 subjects
  • All helicopter students are required to do the fixed wing technical and general to ensure a sound foundation as helicopter aerodynamics are slightly more involved than fixed wing aerodynamics and thus requires a sound foundation to build on

ATPL Ground School Training. Westline Aviation offers a complete ATPL ground school study phase lasting nine weeks, during which the six ATPL subjects are lectured. The school has the capability to handle 30 students at a time during this phase. For helicopter CPL/ATPL students lectures are available to cover helicopter AT&G.

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