Ground School Details

Seneca has finally updated their website with class schedules and information. Classes start the first week of Janurary! Here is what my schedule will look like:

Monday: Human Factors

Tuesday: Meterology

Wednesday: Aeronautics

Thursday: Computer Systems

All classes are from 6:30pm – 9:30pm At Buttonville Airport, with the exception of Computer Systems. I’m going to try to see if I can get a credit for not actually attending the Computer Systems classes as the cirriculum is stuff I already know. So this first semester, the cost will be about $1500, plus $5,000 for the tuition.

I’m looking forward to meterology and human factors the most. Both should prove to be really interesting. Toronto Airways (the school that will be providing the flight training) has two types of ground school. One is a ten week course (two days a week) or an intestive all day four day course (thursday-sunday). Im not sure which one i’d like to do.

Just to clarify some things:

– Seneca is providing schooling in addition to the minimum ground school requred by Transport Canada. The only purpose for going to Seneca is to get a post-secondary diploma in aviation.

– Toronto Airways is the school that I will be using for ground school and flight training. The schedule and instructors are independant of Seneca College.

WIth advice from other students, i’m going to write my PSTAR and Radiotelephone exams as soon as possible. As such i’m starting to intensify my studying of the materials you will need to know for the PSTAR exam:

– Canada Flight Suppliment. This contains information on almost every single aerodrome in Canada. Along with other helpful information such as emergency procedures, cross-wind calculations, and airspace rules.

– Canadian Aviation Regulations. The “bible” of all aviation books in Canada. It contains all of the rules and regulations you need to know in order to fly in Canada.

– Aeronautical Information Manual. Contains the same information as the CAR but in “human readable” form. With suggestions by Transport Canada.

All of this information, with the exception of the CFS, are available online! The passing grade for the PSTAR exam is 90% and you have three hours to complete 50 multiple choice questions. Most students complete it in about one hour.

3 Responses

  1. Harry Scroteman says:

    Hey Blake, site looks great. Interesting stuff. Good luck with the classes!

  2. Mark says:

    I’d suggest the time compressed ground school, Blake.
    I took the 4 Hour Mondays/Wednesday classes at Oshawa airport (The only other alternative was Saturday/Sunday all day) and I found it to be too long between classes for some multi-part classes such as meteorology, flight computer, navigation, etc.
    Having the classes compressed into consistent 4 day weeks will mean less time between lessons, and I assure you, more retention of the material learned.
    For some Met/Nav classes I had to really think hard about what we had learned in the last class, to pickup where we had left off.
    Since you are planning to do your writtens close to the completion of ground school (Wish I had done this…) I’d personally suggest the compressed schedule.

  3. Blake says:

    Mark,
    Thanks for the input. I think that’s what I will end up doing then. It makes perfect sense.