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Pride L-39 Ground School
Train With The Best!
Pride Aircraft offers a
comprehensive, three-day ground school which meets all FAA
ground-training requirements for an Experimental Aircraft Authorization in
the Aero L-39 aircraft.
In 2004, this
new rating replaced the previously-issued Letter of Authorization (LOA). The
Pride Ground School was the first such course approved by the FAA, It
has received accolades from numerous aircraft owners and operators,
warbird organizations, insurance companies, and the FAA itself.
The Pride Ground School
is designed to prepare pilots for a safe and expeditious transition into
the L-39. It has trained pilots of widely-varied backgrounds
and experience levels.
Pride flight instructors are ex-military fighter pilots and former
Instructor Pilots (IPs). They are now flying as both professional
airline pilots and "warbird" Instructor Pilots. They have many
years of high-performance jet time and professional teaching experience.
The Pride facility is located in Rockford,
Illinois. It includes a large, bright classroom; aircraft engine and
systems cutaways and demonstration models; a full-size Cockpit-Procedure
Trainer (CPT) / Egress Trainer; a modern PowerPoint instructional
syllabus; personalized instructional tools; and a well-equipped pilot
lounge and break room. We also have a hangar full of actual L-39
aircraft for use in the hands-on section of the class.
The Ground School includes 24 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours
of hands-on "field training," and covers the following subjects:
- L-39 History
- Fight Manual
Definitions and Overview
- Aircraft Manual
Protocols and Conventions
- Cockpit Orientation
Instrumentation, Controls and Indicators
- Engine Operation and
- Aircraft Systems
Operation and Limitations
- Normal Procedures and
- Emergency Procedures
and Immediate Action Items
- Oxygen and
- Ground Egress,
Bailout, Ejection and Parachute Operations
- Auxiliary Equipment
- Pilot Techniques and
- FARs, Pilot
Certification and Aircraft Licensing Requirements
- Flight Physiology and
- High Altitude
- Flight Planning and
- Weight and Balance
- Pre-Flight Inspection
- Hands-On Aircraft
Servicing and Owner-Performed Maintenance
- Flight Safety
- Cockpit Resource
- Situational Awareness
- Aircraft Ownership
- Pride Aircraft Mods:
Extended-Range Fuel, Instrumentation, Systems, etc.
- Systems Quizzes and
"Hangar-Flying" and Q&A Opportunities
When you leave us,
you'll be tired and your brain will be full, but you'll know the L-39
inside and out, and you'll have a full compliment of instructional
materials to continue home study. The knowledge you'll gain will provide
an excellent basis for your follow-on flight training in the L-39, as
well as a unique opportunity to learn all about the world's most popular
Your reference materials, which are provided upon arrival, will include
a custom L-39 flight manual; a quick-reference checklist; personal
copies of all PowerPoint slides; color diagrams and cockpit photos,
applicable FARs and ACs; and other valuable materials.
Contact us for current course cost. Our fee includes all course materials. As an added bonus,
graduates of our school may attend the class again, for free, anytime
within eighteen months of their graduation. They also get a discount
rate on follow-on flight instruction in our airplanes.
Lunch is provided each
The pilot requirements for an Experimental Aircraft Authorization are the
following: FAA Third Class Medical; Private Pilot rating; Instrument
Rating; 1000 hours
total flight time, and 500 PIC hours in fixed-wing, Single-Engine Land
aircraft. While these
requirements must be met for the issuance of the rating, anyone may attend
the Pride Ground School. In fact, we've had several prospective aircraft
owners (and A&P mechanics) take the course simply to learn more about
the L-39 prior to committing to a purchase. We've even had a few
non-pilots take the course, just for fun!
As part of the new
process, the FAA's requirements for aircraft knowledge and the level of
flight instruction were dramatically increased. This was done to ensure
that all applicants can demonstrate a high level of competence in the
aircraft and have a thorough knowledge of its operation.
If you want to fly
L-39s, the days of informal, weekend checkouts and home-study ground
schools are over. The Pride Ground School is a professional-level
education in L-39 systems, procedures and operations.
6028 Cessna Drive,
Rockford, IL 61109
Phone 815-969-7743 / Fax 815-969-7846
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Pride Ground SChool
The Period March 27-29,
Saw The Completion Of Pride Ground School Class 2013-1, Which Marks
Beginning Of Our 14th Year of L-39 Ground Training. In Attendance Were
Brad Bradshaw, Carl Chapman, John Bell-Thomson, Mike Girardi, And James
Congratulations To All For A Job Well Done! Special Thanks Goes Out To
Dave "Cujo" Macaluso For A Superb Job Of Instruction And