Ground School

Ground school training prepares you for passing the CAA theoretical exams. It is  an essential early step to getting a PPL or LAPL licence. Our ground school is open to non members and has a range of training options from one to one tuition to intensive courses covering a module in half a day to all 9 modules in just five days – online or  in-house. We also conduct the final ground school exams in-house.

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Pass All 9 Exams In Just 5 Days – Guraranteed

The CAA theory exams must be passed before a PPL or LAPL practical skills test can be taken. With our full 5 day course we guarantee that if you do not pass all of your exams in the first series you get a second course free.  Furthermore, there are 10% OFF the final ground school exams.  are included in our 5 day courses. You can also choose just to book the required modules, and they can be taken online or at Coventry Airport.

” I attended the navigation and meteorology modules with Almat and learning them here, made understanding of both modules much easier. It allowed me to pass, arguably the hardest modules of the series, first time.

Cain Goodhand “

Ground School FAQ

Why Use Our Ground School?

The pilot theory exams are designed to provide a theoretical background to practical training. Having the underpinning knowledge is essential to ensure get the most from your flight training. This creates safe and well rounded pilots, capable of  handling an aircraft safely even in stressful situations. Theoretical training beyond what is required to pass the exams is recommended to build your confidence as a pilot and help you know what to do in any situation.

Question banks are helpful tools and it is no secret that if you practice enough questions you will probably see some that are very close to the actual questions. This may well get you that tick in the box and allow you to pass the exam. The downside to question banks, is that it is easy to recall answers rather than absorb the knowledge. Pilots with thousands of hours of experience recommend studying the theory and will indeed refresh their knowledge from time to time. Sound knowledge is essential should it all not go to plan e.g. due to bad weather.

Is there anything I need to do beforehand?

You study the subject matter thoroughly to be prepared for the course and we recomemnd a minimum of 30 hours. We recommend the Pooley’s pilot manuals. But there are no formal entry requirements.

Are there any books or equipment that I will need?

Yes – These are on sale and available at the club and your instructor or a member of staff will assist you in choosing the correct study material.

Where can I sit the written examinations?

At your convenience at our flying club.

How many attempts do I get?

As of June 2020 the exams are going online. You have fours attempts to take the exams ( a series ) after which you will have to resit them all.

How long do I have to take the pilot theory exams?

After you attempt your first exam, you have 18 months to complete them all. If you do not complete them is this period you have to resit them all.

How long after my exams are completed do I have to pass my skills test?

You have two years after completing your written exams to pass your skills test.

I first attended Almat for ground school to help with my exams over 18 months ago. I have since passed all of my exams and now am flying regularly with Carmen working towards my PPL. Carmen is a great instructor, she has the right amount of patience and encouragement when required. I have also flown with Steve on a few occasions who is also a great instructor. If you are looking to become a pilot or just one off experiences Almat Flying Academy are a great team. They regularly put on social events like BBQ's, days out flying and training courses and always make you feel very welcome. I thoroughly recommend Almat. A+!
Anthony Michaelides
Anthony M.
10:02 11 Aug 19
I have been studying for my PPL with Almat over the last few years. During my flight training with Carmen I have learnt a lot from her extensive knowledge and experience, similarly with ground school training she can make complex subjects easier to understand by relating them back to practical experiences. Theres a great social side to Almat also, if you're considering learning to fly I couldn't recommend them enough.
Andy Godfrey
Andy G.
15:55 08 Aug 19