I've been flying since 2010 and as a result of having earned my various ratings during a time when technology is changing so rapidly, I have had the opportunity to work with just about every single ground school course out there - including Sporty's and King. They were okay, but I always felt that for the money, I wanted something better. I wanted supplemental materials - ebooks, guides, etc. - that would compliment the course and aid in my learning of the material. I wanted a program that I could buy once, but could revisit in the years to come and always have access to the most up-to-date information. I wanted an aviation education experience so comprehensive that it might mirror taking college courses. Well, I found that course and it is what I consider to be the best private pilot ground school course on the market, and its the only one I ever recommend to my student pilots now.
If you ever grew up playing Microsoft Flight Simulator, you might remember that the program used to offer virtual flight lessons with voiceovers from an instructor named Rod Machado. In fact, this was my first ever experience with a flight instructor. Microsoft made a fantastic decision in choosing to work with Rod. He used humor and plain english to help deliver the educational content of the lesson. He made learning to fly on the flight simulator FUN, even when the result was crashing the airplane.
Well, Rod Machado has created what I consider to be the best private pilot ground school course that money can buy. It checks every single box in my list, and for that reason, I recommend his program - and ONLY his program - to my students. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to watch the preview video, or read on to learn about more of the specifics:
Here is the real kicker, and why I truly feel this is the best Private Pilot Ground School course: Most ground school courses focus solely on preparing you to pass the written knowledge exam only, similar to those SAT or ACT-prep courses used by high school students to pass a standardized test. The knowledge you gain from most other ground school courses is is to be applied to answering a 60-question multiple choice test, but its not very practical or usable knowledge.
Rod's course is different: Rod provides an all-encompassing, fully comprehensive ground school that will not only prepare you to pass the written knowledge test, but it will help you LEARN material that you will actually use in the cockpit. This can replace most of those $50-$75 per hour ground sessions with your CFI, saving you a lot of money that you can then use to actually fly. If you are concerned about saving money, enrolling in this this course is actually the best thing you can do. It will guide you step-by-step like an instructor would, but it won't cost you over $50 per hour.
Here's just a sampling of the topics found in this course.