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6 great groundschools in the UK

PUBLISHED: 12:08 01 February 2019 | UPDATED: 13:26 19 February 2019

Groundschools in the UK

Groundschools in the UK


Covering a variety of important qualifications and certifications including the PPL, ATPL and FRTOL, you should consider these 6 groundschools when looking to get qualified in the UK

- Flyers Flyer Centre |

“I have been running PPL ground school courses successfully at AOPA for three years. We cover the complete syllabus and nine exams over the course of seven Sundays.

“I have been teaching the PPL for over 30 years, instruct flying full time and am a qualified physics teacher. I am fully aware of the need to balance work and your hobby. The days are fun, the topics are covered in a practical engaging and interactive way and we have lots of props (and a propellor).

“At the end of the day you will have learnt a lot and passed one or two exams. You don’t have to attend seven consecutive Sundays, but can spread the course over the year.”

Call Adam on 07985 969018 or email

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- Abbas Air |

Compton Abbas Airfield are pleased to offer a one-day course, for up to two students on each course, to complete your written PPL Communications exam and also the practical Flight Radio Telephony Operator’s Licence (FRTOL).

All courses take place at their airfield clubhouse set in the beautiful Dorset countryside, and 2019 dates include weekends to suit busy working pilots.

The instructor/examiner is Andrew Sinclair, a highly qualified and experienced flight instructor and ground examiner. Andrew has been operating GA aircraft privately for 20+ years across UK and Europe, VFR and IFR, prop singles and twins.

The Comms & FRTOL one-day course costs £250 and includes pre-course notes, lunch and refreshments, use of the radio simulator, together with the written and practical exams.

Call 01747811767 or email

Please read more about the Communication and FRTOL course, along with the wider set of PPL GroundSchool courses at the link above.

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- Linda Wheeler |

Come along and enjoy your PPL(A) training in a professional but fun environment and leave with your exams passed.

In just 5 days, you will have completed all your PPL theoretical knowledge examinations and be ready to return to your flying school to complete your licence, without the stress and hassle of studying at home.

Linda Wheeler, is a PPL theory Instructor & Examiner and is a CAA approved training organisation (ATO) based near Denham Aerodrome in Buckinghamshire. Linda specialises in teaching small groups or providing one to one tuition, allowing every student to expect to achieve a good understanding of each subject and excellent exam results.

“My ethos is ‘simplify, don’t mystify’. My job is to make sure that students know all the information they need in order to be a safe and a qualified pilot. I can get students ready for those tough exams and make the experience as enjoyable as possible.”

Linda offers group or one-to-one tuition. For more information, visit the link above or email Tel:07970173014

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- FTA Global |

FTA Global is a world-class commercial flight academy based at Brighton City Airport in the UK. They help students develop the skills, experience and confidence they need to achieve their dreams of becoming airline pilots.

Their programmes are designed to make pilot training as accessible as possible. They offer two integrated courses: a programme based entirely in the UK, and another version, where you will spend an initial three months flight training in Spain. They also offer modular training which allows students to set the pace.

During your training, you will undertake ATPL theory which is a duration of six months and a total of 700 classroom hours. ATPL theory is divided into three sections, consisting of 14 subjects and requires a student’s focus and dedication to full-time study and revision. It is designed to teach you all the theory that is required in order to safely and professionally operate aircraft in a commercial environment.

Visit the link above or call 01273-455177 for more information.

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- Pathway Pilot Training |

In a nutshell, Pathway aims to maximise your results in ATPL groundschool using industry leading reference materials, question banks and very experienced instructors – mainly ex-pilots.

Their course structure has evolved due to the increasing depth of understanding now demanded by the CAA. You take exams in manageable batches of three after every module, giving excellent results for students. They offer residential, distance learning courses, licence conversions and ad-hoc instruction tailored to your budget.

Residential courses are six months of intensive (full-time) classroom training followed by four to five months (part-time) self study. They specialise in Instructor-led and personalised tuition and this is the highly recommended path for those with little prior knowledge of commercial aviation.

Distance Learning Courses work to an agreed individual study plan, attending revision weeks prior to each session of exams. You get a flexible and personalised course lasting from 11-19 months. You can fit your studying around your other commitments and time available by choosing a learning pace that will suit you.

Call on 01383252001 or email

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- Bristol Groundschool |

Their first-to-market, innovative and intuitive training materials have set the standard for ground school study in the aviation training market, with a proven success rate far in excess of traditional classroom-based or iPad-only learning. Their caring and professional staff will support you throughout your training.

ATPdigital, their computer-based training programme, is enhanced with animated diagrams, video sequences and electronic tests. It works on or offline and will automatically synchronise across multiple platforms/devices enabling you to study anywhere.

Their question bank, bgsonline, has over 15,000 fixed-wing and helicopter specific exam questions with detailed explanations. It is regularly updated from student feedback following their exams.

What students say

- “The team do everything they can to give you the best chance of success.”

- “Every single lesson of ATPdigital and every single day spent at the BGS revision course was worth it.”

- “The instructors are really professional and of the highest standard.”

- “The quality of training is superb.”

- “The BGS online question bank is second to none.”

- “It’s brilliant - Bristol Groundschool is an exam centre, it means the question bank and CBT is updated regularly following student feedback.”

Call them on 00 44 1275 340444 or email

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