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PPL Ground School Course


Free PPL Ground School Course

All AEA students get access to an online PPL course and aviation theory forum so you use your time and budget effectively. Includes a PPL question bank

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Do you intend to get a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) or take PPL theory exams overseas?

Develop your English language skills with AEA in Hong Kong

Aviation English Asia offer the English for PPL Ground School course to help learners develop practical language skills to perform well in PPL flight training courses.

Who is this course suitable for?

  1. This course is suitable for complete beginners (the latin word "ab initio" means from the beginning).
  2. This course is suitable for student pilots who are about to start a PPL flight training course conducted in English and need to improve their English proficiency.
  3. The course is also suitable for learners who want to improve their English before starting a PPL theory course.
  4. This core is suitable for learners who want to prepare for a Flight Grading or an ICAO English test for Cadet Entry Pilots.

You will also improve your understanding of technical vocabulary and aviation theory so that you will learn faster on the PPL theory course.  If you are thinking about taking a PPL theory course and are not sure if you can understand the English vocabulary in the text books, English for PPL Ground School is the best possible preparation.

Improve your English before you start flight training

The aim of this course is to give trainee pilots the opportunity to practice the English skills needed in aviation.  You will practice speaking and listening in an authentic aviation context, just as you would if you were in the cockpit.

After the course you will be able to use and understand common aviation terms in:

  • Communication with air traffic control
  • Basic radio-telephony
  • Pilot and instructor interactions
  • Airport and aircraft features
  • Traffic patterns
  • ATIS
  • Basic principles of flight
  • Aircraft checks and checklists
  • Aviation weather forecasts
  • VFR navigation
  • Operations in controlled airspace

Please note that this course is designed to give you language skills for flight training and additional AEA courses may be necessary to reach ICAO level 4 or above.

Course duration:

12 units (officially 12 hours) in a convenient weekend workshop format (12 hours total - 4 x 3-hour sessions).

Entry requirements:

All students must be above the age of 17 years and have basic English proficiency.

Course fees:

One payment of $3000 HKD for 12 hours of small group class tuition. All course fees are payable in advance.

Course fee includes a FREE series of Private Pilot License Manuals.

Who are the teachers on the English for PPL Ground School course?

Aviation English Asia are committed to developing Excellence in Aviation language teaching.  We select our teachers very carefully and ensure that they have sufficient technical expertise to teach this course.  All teachers are:

  • QUALIFIED pilots and air traffic controllers, most from major Hong Kong-based airlines (Cathay Pacific Airways)
  • Native English Speakers (ICAO Level 6) from the UK and Australia.
  • With years of classroom based teaching experience
  • Experienced in teaching English for Aviation
  • Interested in your progress and career development
  • Supported by experienced ESL teachers and linguistic experts.

To find out more information about the English for PPL Ground School course please complete the Course Enquiry form >>>

You can also read our FAQ which contains lots of details about the English for PPL Ground School course and comparisons to our other ICAO English courses.

Topics include


Forces in flight
Wing design
Wing characteristics
Aerofoil design
Lift and drag
High speed aerodynamics
Shock waves
Low and high speed buffet
Speed margins
Load factor limits
Adverse effects
High altitude flight
Range and endurance


Electrical systems
Electrical terms
Electrical circuits
Direct current DC
Alternating current AC
Ram air turbine
Output conversion
Electrical distribution
Output conversion

Engines and Propellers

Major manufacturers
Jet engine types
Combustion cycle
Jet engine construction
Free turbine
Multi spool engines
Reverse thrust
Thrust and power augmentation
Engine starting relight and protection
Engine efficiency
Engine instruments
Engine control
Thrust lever positions
Auxiliary power unit
Propeller aerodynamics
Piston engines
Engine lubrication
Refuelling and measurement

Fire Protection

Smoke detection systems
Fire detection systems
Fire extinguishing systems
Onboard fire extinguishers 

Flight Controls

Basic control types
Flight control assistance
Control effects
Wing augmentation
Advanced control features
High lift devices
Stall protection

Human Factors

Human factors
Information processing
Crew resource management
Optical illusions
Physical effects

Hydraulics, Pressurization and Oxygen

Hydraulic systems
Hydraulic fluids
System components
Backup systems
Bleed air systems
Pressurization systems
Air-conditioning systems
Humidity control

Ice Protection and Warning

Ice detection
Ice removal and protection


Pitot and static instruments
Navigation instruments
Pitot and static measurement
Temperature measurement
Angle of attack


International standard atmosphere
Relative humidity and dew point
Levels and pressure
Isothermal and inversion
Visibility and runway visual range
Fog and mist
Aircraft icing
Jet streams
Clear air turbulence
Mountain waves
Tri cell theory
Thermal equator
Intertropical convergence zone
Local winds
Tropical revolving storms
Air masses
Pressure systems
Frontal systems
Other phenomenon
Weather radar
Volcanic ash
Forecasts and reports

Navigation and Auto Flight

Navigation and auto flight systems
Hyperbolic navigation
Satellite navigation
Doppler navigation
Inertial navigation
High latitude flying
Fly by wire
Air data computer
EFIS systems
Flight management systems
Auto flight systems
Alert and warning systems
General navigation 

Navigation Theory

Point of no return 
Critical point


Airport operations
LAHSO Land and hold short operations
SIMOPS Simultaneous runway operations
SODROPS Simultaneous opposite direction runway operations
Long range operations
ETOPS Extended twin engine operations
Operational requirements
Polar routes
Instrument approaches
Microwave landing systems
Direction finding
ILS protection
Low visibility operations
Minimum altitudes
Departures and arrivals
Cruising levels
RVSM Operations
RVSM equipment
Navigation requirements
Collision avoidance
Search and rescue
Fire fighting RFFS
Wake turbulence
Instrument procedures
Air traffic management
Fuel planning
Dangerous goods
Minimum equipment list MEL
Configuration deviation list CDL
Briefings and checklists
Safety requirements


Takeoff performance
WAT limits
Runway distances
Balanced field length
Runway alignment
Stopping performance
Performance definitions
Gross and net
Obstacle clearance
Performance improvement
Engine failure procedures
Runway condition
Noise abatement
Tail strike
Landing performance
Go around performance
Enroute performance


Radio equipment

Reference Speeds

Performance speeds
Stall speeds
Miscellaneous speeds
Approach segment speeds
Landing speeds
Speeds and effects

Runways and Airport Facilities

Aerodrome categories
Taxiway markings
Airport signs
Runway markings
Approach lighting
Runway lighting
Taxiway lighting
Approach slope guidance
Visual docking guidance

Undercarriage, Tyres and Brakes

Undercarriage design
Retraction and extension
Aquaplaning and hydroplaning
Aircraft and pavement classification

Weight and Balance

Aircraft weight
Aircraft balance

 Aviation English



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Hong Kong

Aviation English Asia has been offering part time and full time courses in Hong Kong since 2009.

All courses are available in Hong Kong. Check the schedule above for details.


Aviation English Asia has been offering part time courses in Vietnam since 2014.

All courses are available in Vietnam - typically every 8 weeks, or by special arrangement.


ICAO Aviation English, English for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, Technicians and Mechanics, and English for Flight Attendants are available in Taipei, Tainan and Kaosiung.

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