General Aviation

Published on March 16th, 2022 | by Mark Dwyer


Waterford Aero Club PPL Ground School

Waterford Aero Club are opening their PPL / LAPL ground school classes to students training with other clubs and to licence holders seeking to convert their ICAO / FAA / CAA license to EASA (don’t forget that June 22nd deadline is fast approaching!)

The online ground school is designed to be completely modular with students able to choose the subject(s) they wish to take for each IAA exam sitting.  All nine subjects are offered four times per year so students can progress at their own pace and in line with their flight training.

Each module can be purchased individually so you can choose how many subjects to study in one class block. The fee per subject is €80 and includes:

  • On-line classes
  • Pooleys manual for the chosen subject (in e-book format or hard copy for €10 supplement)
  • Practice questions
  • Email access to an instructor if you require any additional support / assistance
  • Revision notes
  • Mock exam
  • IAA exam recommendation

For those not already members of WAC, associate membership is available at €50 to facilitate enrolment on the course.

The schedule for the upcoming block of classes is:

Air LawMay 3rd & May 10th (1900-2130)
Human PerformanceMay 31st & June 7th  (1900-2130)
MeteorologyMay 4th & May 11th (1900-2130)
NavigationMay 6th & May 13th (1900-2130)
Flight Planning & PerformanceJune 1st & June 8th (1900-2130)
CommunicationsJune 4th (1000-1230)
Principles of FlightMay 18th & May 25th (1900-2130)
Aircraft General KnowledgeMay 19th and May 26th (1900-2130)
Operational ProceduresMay 28th (1000-1230)
Mock ExamsJune 11th (in Waterford)

Waterford Aero Club operate a fleet of three C172 (R/S) and have availability for both flight and ground training so please get in touch if you’d like to learn more.  “We’re a club first and foremost so you are welcome to drop down and see the facilities and meet the team or perhaps take an introductory flight experience with us first.”

A full overview and FAQ is available on the club website or you can email if you have any additional queries or would like to discuss enrolling.

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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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