Groundschool Starts October 3rd, 2023!

Groundschool; that’s the class-work you have to do before you ever get the opportunity to fly an airplane right?


Contrary to popular belief, groundschool is not a pre-requisite to start flying, in fact you could technically do all of the flying before ever even taking a groundschool course, though it’s not recommended.

What we do recommend is having at least a couple of flights under your belt before enrolling in a groundschool course if you can.  The best method would be to do both flight training and groundschool concurrently when possible, but do what you can when you can really.

In groundschool there are complex new topics to learn, and if you can relate those abstract concepts to flying experiences you have had, it goes a long way for a deeper understanding.  Conversely, while undergoing flight training there are many air exercises such as Navigation, that call on a certain level of ground knowledge to execute effectively. 

Prior to each flight your instructor will spend additional time in pre-flight briefings covering the material needed to bring your knowledge up to the required level through preparatory ground instruction.  This is a practical discussion about “what we’re going to do and how we’re going to do it”.

Classes will be held:

  • Time 6:30 – 9:30 PM
  • Tuesday Nights
  • 19 sessions in total
  • Location: Lower Level of Owen Sound Billy Bishop Airport
  • Classes are limited to 20 people
  • Enrollment on a first-come basis

Course Outline Based on From the Ground Up (30th Edition)

Can’t make every night?  Not to worry, we have ways of making up for missed classes.

In-Class Groundschool

We’re happy to announce a Fall 2023 – In Person Groundschool Session starting Tuesday October 3rd, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.  We’re looking forward to seeing all the smiling faces again this session.

Classes will run Tuesday Evenings from 6:30 p.m to 9:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Owen Sound Airport.  Classes run through the winter with a break at Christmas, finishing up towards the end of February.  If you or someone you know is interested in learning to fly, this is a great first step!  If you are currently learning to fly and haven’t yet completed the written exam, this is a major component of the knowledge needed to write the final exam.

Groundschool Tuition is $599+hst and the Groundschool Kit is $399+hst.  Transport Canada sets the minimum time at 40 hours of Groundschool for the Private Pilot Licence.  Our program consists of 19 classes totaling 57 hours, that’s just over $10/hr for ground instruction in an interactive classroom environment!

To see the full breakdown of the course content click the link below:

2023 Fall Groundschool Outline

If you are interested in enrolling in this session of groundschool please reach out to us: (519) 372-1259

Do I have to do in-class groundschool?

Often a busy work and life schedule can make it difficult to commit to weekly evening groundschool classes.  For those who can’t typically make it out to the in class groundschool, or during times where courses are not offered, we recommend an online groundschool.  There are several options out there however we have seen good results from our students using It’s very thorough and accredited course, and is run by Harv’s Air out in Manitoba.