General Aviation

Published on June 26th, 2022 | by Mark Dwyer


Waterford Aero Club PPL Groundschool

The next module of ground school in preparation for the October IAA PPL written exams will commence at the start of August at Waterford Aero Club. 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.  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
  • Pooley’s 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 LawSeptember 1st & 8th (1900-2130)
Human PerformanceAugust 24th & 31st  (1900-2130)
MeteorologyAugust 3rd & 10th  (1900-2200)
NavigationAugust 6th & 13th (1000-1300)
Flight Planning & PerformanceAugust 9th & 16th (1900-2130)
CommunicationsAugust 17th (1900-2200)
Principles of FlightAugust 22nd & 29th (1900-2130)
Aircraft General KnowledgeAugust 8th & 15th  (1900-2130)
Operational ProceduresAugust 6th & 13th  (1900-2130)
Mock ExamsSeptember 17th  (in Waterford)

Waterford Aero Club operates a fleet of three C172 (R/S) and has availability for both flight and ground training so please get in touch if you’d like to learn more. They are a club first and foremost and welcome visitors to drop in and see the facilities and meet the team or perhaps take an introductory flight experience.

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


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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