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Private Pilot Ground School - PAO

Next Class Start Date - Tuesday January 10th, 2017

Ground instruction in a classroom setting. This course is oriented towards learning what you need to know to obtain your private pilot's license for single-engine, fixed-wing aircraft. Upon satisfactory completion of this course you will be authorized to take the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test necessary to obtain your private pilot's certificate.

This course is open to anyone interested in obtaining their private pilot certificate, or just interested in learning more about flying. You do not need to be a member of West Valley Flying Club. Ground school is a great complement to those taking flight instruction. It is also a good way to learn more about what it takes to earn your pilot's certificate before making the commitment to flight instruction.

When: Tuesday evenings from 6:30 - 9:30 pm, 10 classes total. The next course starts January 10th, 2017.

Where: Palo Alto Airport (PAO), West Valley Flying Club clubhouse: 1901 Embarcadero Rd Suite 100, Palo Alto, CA 94303.

Sign-up: Contact the instructor, Kostas Speridakos, at to sign up for this course. Seating is limited and is available on a first come basis. The cost is $250 and is due the first day of class (cash, check, or credit cards accepted). Those wishing to secure a seat before the start of class may do so by pre-paying the course fee - contact Kostas for details.

Additional details: Click here for the syllabus and required materials.

About the instructorConstantine “Kostas” Speridakos holds an Advanced Ground Instructor Certificate and Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument and Multi-Engine ratings, as well as Private Pilot privileges in single-engine seaplanes.  He is currently working on his Flight Instructor Certificate at WVFC.  Kostas obtained his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from MIT.  He previously worked for the US DOT conducting flight tests and risk management analysis for the integration of ADS-B data into FAA air traffic control automation systems, and currently works for a government agency conducting research in arrival air traffic management.  He enjoys sharing the fun of flight with others and introducing new members to the aviation community.

Steve Blonstein,
Nov 16, 2016, 3:25 PM