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Lesson 1  —  Aerodynamics of Flight
Lesson 2  —  Aircraft Instruments
Lesson 3  —  Aircraft Engines
Lesson 4  —  Airports and Air Traffic Control
Lesson 5  —  Federal Aviation Reg's: Part 1
Lesson 6  —  Federal Aviation Reg's: Part 2
Lesson 7  —  Navigation Systems & Equipment
Lesson 8  —  Sectional Charts & Publications
Lesson 9  —  Aircraft Performance
Lesson 10 — Aircraft Weight & Balance
Lesson 11 — Flight Planning
Lesson 12 — Aeromedical Factors & Aeronautical Decision Making
Lesson 13 — Weather
Lesson 14 — Aviation Weather Services

Unlimited Practice FAA Knowledge Tests »

FAA Reference List »

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Private Pilot Ground School includes:

1 Instant access.

Instant, immediate, unlimited access to all of our exclusive eLearning content. No waiting around. No wasted time. No additional software to download or registration codes to fumble around with. Seriously, get started now!

2 Simple to use. Self-paced.

Our ground schools are incredibly easy to use and navigate. No confusing hidden, hard-to-find content. Just simple straight-forward, self-paced lessons, with built-in quizzes, flash-cards, and exams. Jump in, get started now - there's no time like the present! Lesson 1 - Aerodynamics of Flight (and every other lesson, as a matter of fact) is completely free! Try it out, see if you'll enjoy studying using the Ascent approach.

3 Available 24/7.

Day or night, you can study whenever it suits you. We even look great on iPads, and really good on iPhones.

4 Nothing to download.

No downloads. No installs. No problematic registration codes to enter. No fussing with any of that. Just point and click. And we know you can do that -- it's how you got here!

5 Easy to study outlines.

Simple, well arranged, easy-to-study outlines. Study just what you need to know for your knowledge test with nothing extra or added. Get an idea of exactly how simple and easy to use our lessons are by trying one of our free lessons right now. Why not start at the beginning, Lesson 1 - Aerodynamics of Flight.

6 Ascent® Quick Quizzes.

Unique to Ascent, these little Quick Quizzes are placed right after each lesson section and act as a quick double-check to ensure you remember what you just read. And, you get immediate exposure to actual FAA Knowledge Test questions by using them. Try them out now in our free lessons, such as Lesson 1 - Aerodynamics of Flight, or even Lesson 2 - Aircraft Instruments.

7 Ascent® eFlash Cards.

Another Ascent exclusive, our eFlash Cards are just that: Electronic Flash Cards. Use them to speed through your questions and answers, and really get the knowledge you need to stick. There's a set to cover all the questions within each specific lesson, and you can also try them out now for free! Try the eFlash Cards forLesson 1 - Aerodynamics of Flight and Lesson 2 - Aircraft Instruments.

8 Lesson quizzes.

Quizzes made up of the actual FAA Knowledge Test questions that are covered by each lesson's content are available after each lesson. These quizzes are study quizzes, meaning that for each question you'll immediately be told whether the answer you chose was correct or incorrect, and why. This allows you to learn from your answers and quickly reinforce the correct concepts. While the lesson quizzes should be taken after each lesson, you can access them whenever you'd like; you don't have to trudge through the lesson content every time you feel like taking the lesson quizzes. Try one out right now if you'd like, for free! Our Lesson 1 Quiz and Lesson 2 Quiz are available to try right now.

9 Unlimited practice FAA tests.

Need a couple/few practice tests under your belt to build up your confidence before you head to the test center? No problem! Take as many as you need! You'll get unlimited practice tests generated with the click of button.

10 Complete FAA reference library.

We include access to our complete pilot reference library. All current FARs, the AIM, and over 20 reference handbooks. So, you can research till your heart, and mind, are content. We offer the first couple of chapters from each of our online references free for you to try out. Just head over to our FAA References page, and select from one of the 20+ handbooks and regulations there.

11 Advanced whole site search.

Search for that needle in the haystack concept fast and accurately using our basic and advanced search features. Search through the whole site, or narrow down to just a specific handbook chapter or ground school lesson. Bottom line, if you want to find some word or concept, it will be really easy to do so. Go ahead and give our search function a test drive completely for free, Advanced Search.

Compare Ascent Ground School to the Competition

We think you can decide for yourself.
So, here are the facts:

Here's how we stack-up against comparable pilot ground schools/FAA knowledge test preparation offerings. We want you to see for yourself that Ascent Ground Schools really are the best bang for your buck!


Online ground school offered Yes! No, software only Yes Yes No, software only



The most affordable



(That's 4 times more expensive than Ascent!)


(That's 6 times more expensive than Ascent!)


Instant Access Yes! Sort of... After you download, install, and register Yes Yes Sort of... After you download, install, and register

Simple to use Yes! Lots of clicking Overly structured. You must progress by limited steps Yes Yes, but the screens are dizzying

Self-paced Yes! Yes Yes, but overly structured. May slow your progress Yes, but very structured. May slow your progress Yes

Ascent ASA Gleim Jeppesen Dauntless

Available 24-7 Yes! Once you've downloaded and installed the software Yes Yes Once you've downloaded and installed the software

Requires downloads or installs Nope Yes. More potential headaches... No Many of the visuals take time loading, similar to a download Yes. More potential headaches...

Easy lesson outlines Yes! No Yes Yes, but overly complex lesson content No

Quick Quizzes Yes! No No No No

eFlash Cards Yes! No No No No

Ascent ASA Gleim Jeppesen Dauntless

Lesson Quizzes Yes! No Yes Yes No

Final Exams Yes! No Yes Yes No

Unlimited Practice Tests Yes! Yes No No Yes

Complete FAA Reference Library Yes! No No No No

Ascent ASA Gleim Jeppesen Dauntless

Searchable content Yes! Yes No No Yes

Lesson Question Forums Yes! No No No No

Simply the "Most Awesome"
Online Ground School
Yes! No No No No

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Still not sure?
Did we mention, EVERYTHING IS FREE!!!
Just go try a lesson, already...

Free-badgeLesson 1 - Aerodynamics of Flight and Lesson 2 - Aircraft Instruments are good starting points. Try 'em now.

But, remember, ALL of our content (lessons, quizzes, eflash cards, Q&A forums, FAA references) is COMPLETELY FREE!!!
Try any/all of them out completely for free right now! No risk. No registration. No obligation.

See if you'll enjoy studying using the Ascent approach.