Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association

AAAA Hot Air Balloon Ground Schools

2021 Ground Schools

The AAAA Education Committee traditionally offers in-person ground schools 3 times per year. 2-Private Pilot*, 1-Commercial Pilot**.
Due to public health orders, in 2021, we will not offer any in-person ground schools. We anticipate they will return in 2022.

In the meantime, we have produced updated and comprehensive ONLINE ground schools. These new learning opportunities are designed from the ground up to be engaging, informative and a superior method to learning the material necessary to pass the written portion of your FAA exams.

Some details about the ONLINE Ground schools.
1.The videos are lecture format. In other words, they are all narrated. Providing a similar experience to what you’d have in our in-person sessions. You will see very little of the instructor as we have built a lot of graphics and animation demonstrating the content. We include the test prep book as we use the sample material in the supplement. You should still use the book as part of your preparation for taking the test. Many of the videos have built-in places to pause the video and work thru a problem or solve a posed question. In these cases, when the video is resumed, we walk thru the assignment, allowing you to check your work, and find out where you might have gone wrong if you did. Also you’ll have the email address for the instructor of that section in case you need more information. This is in addition to the ability to email the proctor/committee with any questions you have.
2. Each of the video lessons is followed by a Check for Understanding. 5-10 questions that resemble the questions you’ll find on the test and in the sample book. We provide the correct answer and an explanation in case you miss the question.
3.At the end of the course there is a “final” exam. You learn the correct answer, without the explanation. It’s about 60 questions, that are randomly pulled from a bank of 400 questions. So you can take it multiple times and have a different test each time. We actually required 80% correct to be able to complete the course.
4.Upon completion, which includes the above 80% passing rate on the exam, you’ll get an Certificate of Completion, an endorsement via email and snail mail, and a sticker for your logbook, all with the endorsement to take the written test. This endorsement is good for 60 days
5.Access to the course material is for 6 months. If you complete the course, ie, get the endorsement, within that 6 months, we'll extend your access to the material to one year from your enrollment date. The concept is that you pass the written exam and then within 6 months, hopefully, you're ready for the flight test, and having access to this material is a good review for the oral portion of the flight check ride.

The Private Pilot Online Ground School is NOW AVAILABLE, with the Commercial Pilot Online Ground School available August 1. Head to the AAAA Online Store to purchase access to the class. No registration or advance signup needed. Once you complete the purchase, within 48 hours you'll receive a couple of emails providing access and more details. These ground schools are available year-round for work at your own pace. (six months max with extension for completing the course within 6 months.). Again, in-person ground schools will resume in February, 2022.

Private Pilot ONLINE Ground School NOW AVAILABLE!!!

Commercial Pilot ONLINE Ground School estimated availability November 2021.

*Private Pilot Ground School is intended for those seeking a private pilot certificate or crew members seeking to learn more about ballooning from a pilot perspective.

**Commercial Pilot Ground School is intended for those seeking a commercial pilot certificate. It is recommended students already have a private certificate before taking this ground school.