I just started Sporty's Learn to Fly online course for ground school, with ASA's "The Complete Private Pilot" by Bob Gardner for supplementary material. I've been fascinated by planes since around age 7 and flew with my Aviation Club in high school from 1997 through 2001.
Question: Is it possible to go through my entire ground school training and FAA Knowledge Exam without CFI assistance? I, like many people, don't have the money (yet) for an instructor, so I can't exactly call someone up and ask questions when I get confused. How should I handle that? Thank you and fly safe!
The answer to your question is yes, it is possible to complete a ground school course and your Private Pilot Aeronautical Knowledge Test without being in direct contact with a CFI. As long as your course of study results in a sign-off/endorsement for the knowledge test that is.
AOPA does have a member benefit of being able to contact the Pilot Information Center (PIC) with any number of aeronautical questions you may have. We're all experienced pilots/instructors and the reason we exist is to help members with their aviation questions. If you aren't already a member I would recommend signing up for a free 6 month membership on our website so you have access to this benefit.
And while being able to contact the PIC with your questions won't be a replacement for talking with a CFI face to face while you train, it can help you understand some of the harder to grasp information and keep you moving in your studies.
You can contact the PIC staff through this site (Online PIC), email us at email@example.com , or give us a call at 1-800-USA-AOPA.
Good luck with your studies.
I just started Sporty's Learn to Fly online course for ground school, ...
Question: Is it possible to go through my entire ground school training and FAA Knowledge Exam without CFI assistance? ...I can't exactly call someone up and ask questions when I get confused. How should I handle that?
Sporty's provides the CFI endorsement upon completion of that course. In addition, their "Ask a CFI" messaging feature lets you get answers to your questions from one of their staff CFI's. Those are nice features not availalble from all course providers.
For others reading this thread, another route is to study for and successfully pass the Advanced Ground Instructor exam. The AGI exam does not require any endorsement. Check in advance with your CFI and gain assurance that they will then grant your endorsement to take the PPL written. No better proof of having completed adequate study than passing the AGI. The knowledge gained makes preparation for the AGI exam is well worth the effort. I studied Gleim and then switched to Dauntless for example test material. You will learn a lot along the way and PPL exam preparation will be super easy.
As an additional thought, for those who have the budget, investing in a good simulator will save you lots of hours in real world training. The sim will pay for itself in very short order and be available for further training thereafter for years and years. PM to me if anyone wants details on hardware and software.