Pride L-39 Ground School
The Pride L-39 Ground School is designed to meet or exceed the ground training requirements required by FAA Order 8700.1, Change 10, Paragraph 9 (3) i-ix, which sets forth the minimum ground training required for an LOA/Experimental Type Rating (ETR).
The Pride Ground School is a three-day school of formal classroom training in which a state-of-the-art Power Point slide presentation is used. Students are also exposed to actual airplanes in different states of restoration, various uninstalled aircraft components used as training aids, and a full-size actual cockpit section which is used for cockpit procedures orientation and training.
Total Classroom Instruction: 29 hours
L-39 Systems and Components: 17 hours
The student is introduced to the L-39 aircraft systems and components in order to have a working knowledge of the L-39. Included is:
general description of the aircraft
system or component.
Operating Limitations and Pilot Licensing: 1 hour
The purpose of this class is to inform the student on all the legalities/requirements for operating aircraft licensed in the Experimental Exhibition category. The class discusses aircraft operating limitations and maintenance requirements to operate the aircraft per FAA Order 8130.2D. The class also covers the licensing and currency requirements of the Pilot in Command (PIC).
Aircraft Weight and Balance: 1:15 hours
The Weight and Balance class introduces weight and balance calculations required to ensure proper loading of the aircraft prior to flight. The student is given a review on how to calculate weight and balance, and is instructed on the topic of Mean Aerodynamic Chord. Students perform a weight and balance computation in class.
Flight Planning and Performance Charts: 1:30 hours
The Flight Planning and Performance class walks the student through a typical cross-country flight, addressing FAR Part 91 preflight requirements for conducting the flight. Takeoff, Climb, Cruise, and Landing Data calculations are covered. The student completes a flight plan log by calculating the proper fuel requirements for a fictitious cross-country flight.
Aircraft Normal Operating Procedures: 1:15 hours
The normal operating procedures for a typical flight are explained in detail using the checklist for reference. Instruction on proper checklist usage is provided.
Adverse Weather Operations: 1:00 hour
The Adverse Weather class teaches the student how to first avoid then how to deal with adverse weather situations in the L-39, including icing, turbulence, windshear and thunderstorms.
Aircraft Servicing: 1:00 hour
The student is instructed on requirements for routine servicing at an owner/operator level. The proper servicing procedures are demonstrated to the student on an actual aircraft. Emphasis is on proper procedures, materials and safety.
Aircraft Emergencies: 1:30 hour
In the Systems portion of the ground school, the student was introduced to the procedures for dealing with aircraft malfunctions and emergency procedures, as they related to the individual components and aircraft systems. The Aircraft Emergencies class builds on the previous material and ties together the proper way to deal with emergencies. The student will be instructed on handling an emergency, with emphasis on pilot priorities as follows:
a. Maintain Aircraft Control (ensure a safe
condition of flight prior to being distracted with the malfunction),
After the priorities are emphasized, initial game plans for dealing with typical emergencies are discussed. The class discusses engine malfunctions, and the Simulated Flameout (SFO) or engine-failure pattern is introduced.
High Altitude Flight and Flight Physiology: 1:00 hour
The High-Altitude and Flight Physiology class introduces high-altitude flight physiology, decompression, and emergency descents. The student is introduces to G-induced Loss Of Consciousness (GLOC) and the proper L-1 maneuver to increase G-tolerance. High-altitude aerodynamics and high altitude flight considerations are introduced.
Cockpit Resource Management and Aeronautical Decision-Making: 1:00
The Cockpit Resource Management and Aeronautical
Decision-Making class is based on the FAA Flight Instructor's Handbook
course. The student is introduced to cockpit resource management
and decision-making, emphasizing single-pilot considerations.
NTSB accident reports for the L-39 are reviewed and discussed, emphasizing
factors attributed to pilot decision-making.
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