Pride L-39 Ground School
Course Contents

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

Training Materials
Each student receives a course workbook, aircraft flight manual and checklist. The course workbook contains Power Point slides used in the classroom with an area to take notes and various other types of supporting reference material.

Training Topics

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:

  a. A general description of the aircraft system or component.
System or component limitations (if applicable).
  c. Normal operation of system or component (if applicable).
  d. Abnormal operation or emergency procedures for the system or component (if applicable).

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),
  b. Analyze the Situation/System (observe all indications and use checklist),
  c. Take the Appropriate Action (if required, as soon as conditions permit),
  d. Land as soon as conditions permit, or as soon as possible.

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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