16.687 | January IAP 2019 | Undergraduate

Private Pilot Ground School


Course Meeting Times

This is a three-day workshop that took place during the MIT Independent Activities Period (IAP) in January, 2019.

Course Description

This workshop aims to provide information for students to prepare for the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test. Topics include airplane aerodynamics, aircraft systems, navigation, meteorology, aircraft ownership and maintenance, aircraft performance, multi-engine and jets.



Course Objectives

  • Prepare for FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test, available in Airplane, Helicopter, Balloon, Glider, etc. variants
  • Concentrate on the Airplane variant
  • Prepare for FAA Remote Pilots UAS Test
  • Help you get the most out of flight training
  • Learn about the engineering behind aviation


FAA Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge

FAA Airplane Flying Handbook

FAA Helicopter Flying Handbook


This course does not have in-class assessment. However, this course aims to help students acquire the private pilot’s license and prepare for the following steps/exams:

  • Flight Training
  • Apply for Student Pilot Certificate
  • Exam for 3rd class Medical Certificate
  • FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Exam
  • Checkride (Practical Exam): Oral section and Flight section

Course Info

As Taught In
January IAP 2019
Learning Resource Types
Lecture Videos
Lecture Notes
Instructor Insights