Ground schools are normally held through Kirkwood Community College. Due to Covid, Kirkwood has cancelled our classes. Ground classes are still avaiable one-on-one with a flight instructor. 

Private Pilot

Ground supplement to the flight training to become a private pilot and pass the private pilot knowledge test. The private pilot certification allow you to fly in fair weather, day or night, and carry passengers. 

Commercial Pilot

Prepare in person for the commercial pilot written test. Commercial pilots are allow to fly for hire in dozens of areas including charter, aerial survey, and air tours

Instrument Pilot

Learn about flying only using reference to instruments. Follow an instrument flight plan to get to your destination safely through clouds plus in and out of the worlds largest airports.

Each ground school class is accomplished in person in a classroom setting. The curriculum can also be studied one-on-one with a CFI as part of the flight training if you are unable to attend one of the classes. We strongly advise against some flight schools that offer two day weekend classes; while this may be less time commitment, it produces bad habits, minimal retention, and low test scores. P&N's ground schools are typically in partnership with Kirkwood Community College Continuing Education. The best flying weather is in the summer months and we do not typically hold a ground school then. Start dates are in September, January, and March. Each class is 8 weeks long. There are no prerequisites but we encourage some lesson time with a CFI in an aircraft before taking a class. The classes are geared towards all types of aircraft including airplanes and helicopters. Once class is complete or you receive an endowment from your instructor, you may take the test at our test center in Marion, one of only a few in the state.

Sign up at one of the links above for the class itself, then purchase your class materials directly from P&N.