Time for Flight 1.1 – Start PPL Training at Home

Embark on available free flight training resources at home.is possible. It’s Time For Flight!

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Time for Flight Series Part 1 Step 1

Embark on Your Self-Paced Flight Training Adventure from Home

Keeping the right attitude and staying motivated is an essential part of learning to fly. It is essential for embarking on formal flight training or just enjoying simulating real flights in a home flight simulator. As you spend more time learning with this mindset, lessons learned and skills acquired becomes valuable and meaningful.

With dedication and practice, self-teaching during your time for flight will be a fulfilling flight training experience. That’s a good start for your home-based free flight lessons.

Maximise Your Flight Training with The Free Pilot Training System

The ground lessons are starting points for building a solid foundation of knowledge and theory for aspiring aircraft pilots. Appreciate and understand the principles and mechanics of the ground lessons thoroughly. 36 lessons are covered in the free Pilot Training System. The learning materials are engaging with stunning animation and vivid graphics to make learning interesting and easy.

PPL Process

Seemingly less exciting than actual flight lessons, it’s crucial for developing a clear understanding of the fundamental concepts. This is the beginning of the journey for practising safety required by an aircraft pilot. The FAA Regulations section in the Pilot Training System is relevant to self-teaching students, as it covers the legal aspects of becoming a private pilot.

Stay grounded with the ground lesson subjects, to fully prepare for flight training in your free home flight simulators. These subjects include

  • Air law
  • Principles and the mechanics of flight
  • Technical aircraft knowledge
  • Navigation
  • Meteorology
  • Radio Telephony/ Communications
  • Airport Operations
  • Human Factors

Though the above main headings names may slightly differ from country to country, the subject contents meet the requirements and syllabus of the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

The Pilot Training System offers clear and concise presentation of the essential knowledge for a Private Pilot Licence. As mentioned, animated and vivid graphics make grasping the underlying principles relatively easy. There are 36 lessons in the Private Pilot Section of the Pilot Training Systems.

1 Regulations
2 Introduction to Flying
3 Aircraft Structure
4 Principles of Flight
5 Aerodynamics Part 1
6 Aerodynamics Part 2
7 Aerodynamics Part 3
8 Flight Controls
9 Aircraft Systems Part 1
10 Aircraft Systems Part 2
11 Flight Instruments Part 1
12 Flight Instruments Part 2
13 Flight Instruments Part 3
14 Flight Manuals and Documents
15 Weight and Balance
16 Aircraft Performance
17 Weather Theory Part 1
18 Weather Theory Part 2
19 Weather Theory Part 3
20 Aviation Weather Services Part 1
21 Aviation Weather Services Part 2
22 Aviation Weather Services Part 3
23 Airport Operations Part 1
24 Airport Operations Part 2
25 Airport Operations Part 3
26 Airspace
27 Navigation Part 1
28 Navigation Part 2
29 Navigation Part 3
30 Navigation Part 4
31 Aeromedical Factors, Part 1
32 Aeromedical Factors, Part 2
33 Aeronautical Decision-Making, Part 1
34 Aeronautical Decision-Making, Part 2
35 Aeronautical Decision-Making, Part 3
36 Aeronautical Decision-Making, Part 4

Air Law knowledge is required by the ICAO and is in item 1 above, titled “FAA Regulations.” These are US-based air law. International self-teaching students will find them useful because these materials are essentially similar with the recommended guidelines and syllabus of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). It will help a self-teaching pilot appreciate the legal aspects of becoming a good aircraft pilot.

You must thoroughly understand all the lessons for step 1 of this self-teaching series. The value will be appreciated when applied to flight training using the free FlightGear flight simulator. Application of the knowledge learned in Part 1 will be addressed in Part 2.

The videos and materials are based on the free Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge available on the FAA Website. You are strongly advised to read this handbook and watch the videos in the Pilot Training System together to achieve the full benefit of the subjects.

Time to Fly with the Free Pilot Training System

Click the Private Pilot button to open the registration page. It provides access to all contents of the free PPL materials. Since it is a freebie, accessing the materials may encounter heavy traffic. It can sometimes take up to 30 seconds to load. The situation becomes slower if using a low-speed computer to access these materials. Nevertheless, the value of the content is worth the wait.

The FAA Regulations are a concise yet complete guide to the rules for becoming a private pilot. Click the FAA icon to begin downloading a guide of applicable regulations. The downloaded list will begin to make more sense when viewing the introduction video of the Pilot Training System.

These are easy, high quality easy to follow and understand materials on YouTube…

Practice seeking additional information on specific topics to better understand and appreciate a specific subject when studying. The additional information are often freely available on the internet. Engage with real pilots to strengthen the application of your knowledge base when any opportunity arises.

Click “View My Progress” at the top of the page to show a list of all the topics available in the PPL course. Each topic leads to the topic opening page. Its related video and quiz menu can be found here!

The quiz for the topic can only be accessed from this location, as shown above. Clicking it directs you to the topic-related quiz of 15 questions. Different sets of questions appear each time the quiz is accessed. It is therefore an excellent tool to test your learning level.

Your score will be shown when the submit button is clicked at the end of the quiz.

Time for Flight in Real-Time with FlightGear

Lessons learned in part 1 of this teach-yourself series unfold its value when seen in real action. The free FlightGear simulator will provide this opportunity.

PPL flight training is free, safe and entertaining when learned in the way described. First, understand the environment of FlightGear to unlock the value of the learning experience. FlightGear will make the Free Pilot Training System Lessons 2-13 valuable and meaningful. When the theories are practised, learning becomes enjoyable and entertaining at the same time. Your time to fly is now!


Part 2 of this series will focus on further insights into this free self-teaching journey to achieve a richer experience.

We welcome your insightful comments, views, and arguments. Please send your email to info@esbaviation.com.

Mohd Raffick Bin Mohd Nor

An extremely passionate veteran aviator and Aircraft Engineer. He has been involved with youth development in aviation for more than 50 years. Currently the principal contributor and founder of the The Budding Aviator’s Hub

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