Aspen Flying Club unites a group of pilots with a large and diverse fleet of aircraft for flight training and recreational flying.

Ground School Courses

Learning to fly is fun! But you do have to hit the books in order to learn the material that can't be covered in the cockpit. While you can certainly take care of your studying on your own, most people prefer to attend one of our classroom courses. Not only will this ensure you cover all the material, but it will also provide the structure and organization to get you through the required material in an organized and timely manner.

Below is a listing of our Ground School offerings:

Sport Pilot/Private Pilot Ground School

Course Description:

This course will teach you everything you need to know to pass the FAA Sport or Private pilot written exams. Topics include airplane systems, aerodynamics, airport environments, proper communications and phraseology, meteorology, FARs, aircraft performance, charts and navigation, and human factors.

Date/Time: 6 weeks. Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Call for next start date.

Cost: $300


Instrument Ground School

Course Description:

This course will provide you with all the ground training necessary to pass the FAA Instrument written exam. Topics include flight instrument systems, attitude instrument flight, instrument navigation, airports and airspace, FARs, ATC systems and clearances, departure, enroute and arrival charts and procedures, holding patterns, approach charts and procedures, GPS navigation, flight simulation, meteorology, aeromedical factors, and IFR emergency procedures and flight planning.

Date/Time: 13 weeks. Monday evenings from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Call for next start date.

Cost: $350


Mountain Flying Course

One of the greatest thrills of being a Pilot in Colorado is the opportunity to fly throughout the majestic Rocky Mountains.  With snowcapped peaks, high deserts and grasslands, and many interesting public-use airports, mountain flying can be the highlight of a lifetime!

All Aspen Flying Club pilots wishing to fly in the mountains need a mountain flying checkout.  Pilots with their own aircraft are highly encouraged to do the same.  This can be accomplished by taking our Mountain Flying Ground Course, followed by a mountain flight with one of our expert instructors.  Each student will fly a specific route determined by the instructor to individually suit your needs.  Common destinations are Buena Vista, Leadville, Aspen, Glenwood, and Granby.  There are many other options; the sky is the limit on where you can go! 

Course Description:  The class will consist of 4 hours of ground training, where you will learn the basics of how to fly in the rocky terrain.  You will learn the fundamentals of performance considerations, developing go-no-go judgment skills, mountain flight planning, and developing confidence for mountain flying.

Cost: The cost of the class is $100 for Aspen Flying Club members and $150 for non-members.  *The flight portion of the checkout will be a separate cost, depending on the aircraft choice and desired route of the student.

Date/Time: We run the ground school periodically throughout the year, call for next start date or check out our calendar of events .


Co-Pilot Course

Course Description:

As a pilot, don't you wish your spouse or other regular right-seat passenger could help out with some of your workload? This course is meant for them. Once they complete our course, not only will they be more useful in the cockpit, but they'll also get more enjoyment out of flying with you.

The course consists of 4 hours of ground school and two hours of flying.

Date/Time: We run the ground school periodically throughout the year on Saturday mornings from 8am until noon. Call for next start date. The flight portion can be scheduled upon completion of the ground school.

Cost: $499


Aviation 101

This class is a great introduction to aviation. The student will attend our full six-week Private Pilot ground school (see above) to build a solid foundation of aviation theory. Upon successful completion of the ground school, the student takes his first flight lesson to put what he's learned in the classroom to use in the cockpit.

Date/Time: 6 weeks. Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Call for next start date. Flight portion of the class can be scheduled upon successful completion of the ground school.

Cost: $499