Covering a variety of important qualifications and certifications including the PPL, ATPL and FRTOL, you should consider these 8 groundschools when looking to get qualified in the UK

Linda Wheeler | | 01753 889652 or 07970 173014

Come along and enjoy your PPL(A) training in a professional but fun environment and leave with your exams passed.

In just 5 days, you will have completed all your PPL theoretical knowledge examinations and be ready to return to your flying school to complete your licence, without the stress and hassle of studying at home.

Linda Wheeler, is a PPL theory Instructor & Examiner and is a CAA approved training organisation (ATO) based near Denham Aerodrome in Buckinghamshire. Linda specialises in teaching small groups or providing one to one tuition, allowing every student to expect to achieve a good understanding of each subject and excellent exam results.

“My ethos is ‘simplify, don’t mystify’. My job is to make sure that students know all the information they need in order to be a safe and a qualified pilot. I can get students ready for those tough exams and make the experience as enjoyable as possible.”

Linda offers group or one-to-one tuition. For more information, refer to the information above.

PPL Groundschool | 01279 777727 or 07748 514646 – Contact Ash Holding or Kim Noakes for course availability

Don’t let your PPL ground exams hold back your flying. Come along on our four-day course and go home with all nine PPL exams passed. If you are new to flying or want to pace your exams, simply select a module to suit you… run every week and include student study pack and pilot keynotes, so there is no need to buy any books.

The structure of groundschool makes far more sense than self-study. Their courses are designed to compliment your flying training, allowing you to make much faster progress and getting your licence in less time.

They have been supporting student pilots from the UK and Europe for over 15 years. The courses are delivered by enthusiastic and experienced flying instructors/examiners from a modern purpose-built training environment, offering you 100% exam success guaranteed.

There is no need to buy any books, they will supply all the study material you require and the CAA exam fees are included. They aim to make courses a fun and enjoyable experience where the knowledge you gain can be directly applied to your flying.

You are in safe hands, pplgroundschool is a UK CAA Approved Training Organisation (the highest accolade a training organisation can achieve).

Ravenair – Liverpool | 0151 486 6161

Ravenair are proud to announce the launch of their ATPL Ground Training School (in conjunction with CATS) commencing at Ravenair at Liverpool Airport in Jan 2020. Ravenair are the only school offering EASA Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence (ATPL) schooling in the North of England.

Offering the highest professional standards with many years of experience in flight training, taking student pilots from their very first lesson through to their Private Pilot’s Licence, Commercial Pilot’s Licence, Instrument Rating, ATPLs and beyond.

The company presently holds more CAA and PART-FCL training approvals than any other Northern UK organisation. Many of their students progress through the company as flying instructors and commercial pilots flying Aerial Survey and Air Charter before progressing onto airline careers.

Their fleet of aircraft is large enough to accommodate all students-in-training and also qualified pilots to solo hire seven days a week. This comprises of both single engine piston (SEP) and multi engine piston (MEP) aircraft.

The multi engine aircraft are fitted with the latest Aspen Avionics™ Evolution Primary Flight Display Electronic Flight Instrument Display, Garmin GTN650 GPS and S-Tec 55X autopilot. You can contact the Flight School on 0151 486 6161 or through the link above.

Pathway ( | +44(0)1383 252001 & +44 (0)7899 903480 | Facebook

Pathway ( has a well-proven and completely Brexit-proof course that will maximise your ATPL results. They have industry leading reference materials and very experienced instructors who are mainly ex-pilots.

They offer residential, distance learning courses (including military fast track through ELCAS), licence conversions and ad-hoc instruction tailored to your budget with a personalised study plan to suit your needs.

Pathway ( has taken steps to ensure that its current EASA ATO approval and courses will remain valid even if the UK CAA is ejected from EASA post Brexit and is opening a new exam centre in 2020 for both UK CAA and AustroControl exams.

For all EASA ATOs, the mandatory introduction of knowledge skills and attitudes (KSA100) training and assessments in ATPL ground training in mid 2020 is a separate issue for the near future. Pathway has gained CAA approval for its KSA100 training approach and will be issuing Completion Certificates for this new training. These KSA Certificates will be needed in addition to just passing the 14 ATPL exams for future commercial licence applications in all EASA states. To meet this requirement, Pathway has widened the scope of its ATPL classroom training and introduced practical skills training using external simulator resources and an assessment day involving classroom team exercises and mental maths.

The skills practical training in advanced instruments and consolidation in other subjects is done using a B737-800 sim which is under development. Please see website for more details.

Bristol Groundschool | | 01275 340444

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Their first-to-market, innovative and intuitive training materials have set the standard for ground school study in the aviation training market, with a proven success rate far in excess of traditional classroom-based or iPad-only learning. Their caring and professional staff will support you throughout your training.

ATPdigital, their computer-based training programme, is enhanced with animated diagrams, video sequences and electronic tests. It works on or offline and will automatically synchronise across multiple platforms/devices enabling you to study anywhere.

Their question bank, bgsonline, has over 15,000 fixed-wing and helicopter specific exam questions with detailed explanations. It is regularly updated from student feedback following their exams.

What students say

– “The team do everything they can to give you the best chance of success.”

– “Every single lesson of ATPdigital and every single day spent at the BGS revision course was worth it.”

– “The instructors are really professional and of the highest standard.”

– “The quality of training is superb.”

– “The BGS online question bank is second to none.”

– “It’s brilliant – Bristol Groundschool is an exam centre, it means the question bank and CBT is updated regularly following student feedback.”

Call them on 00 44 1275 340444 or email

FTA Global | | +44 (0)1273 455177

FTA Global is a world-class commercial flight academy based at Brighton City Airport in the UK. They help students develop the skills, experience and confidence they need to become airline pilots.

The school offer ATPL Theory as a full-time residential course, which they deliver over nine months. Unlike no other ATPL programme in the UK, the instructor-led tuition is supported with the use of Padpilot’s eBooks and a computer-based (CBT) learning package that facilitates self-study.

The material is highly, visual and adds an additional dimension to the modular and integrated programmes. Guy Evans, FTA’s Deputy Chief Theoretical Knowledge Instructor (DCTKI) was instrumental in introducing the changes to the programme, he says: “We are proud to launch a course like no other in the industry and our aim is to offer the single best ground school experience the industry has to offer”.

Phil Jones, Head of Training, adds: “The premise of these changes is to ensure that all students, regardless of their learning style, are happy, motivated and supported throughout their time at FTA Global.”

Caledonian Advanced Pilot Training | | 01292 310968


Caledonian’s Ground School is an opportunity to brush up on areas that are not best studied over a distance, or which need extra emphasis, or which may have changed at the last minute.

For example, PPL(H) holders typically will not have had exposure to autopilots, nav aids or EFIS. They also cover PPL – ATP for helicopters and aeroplanes.

In addition, it is also an opportunity to get used to the types of question being asked, and exam technique. They use their own notes, not those from any other source, in fact, other schools and organisations, such as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Northern Lights College, Transport Canada and the Royal Air Force have used these notes.

They are also in the EASA and Transport Canada reference libraries. If you would like to look at some sample pages, you can download them from here.

PPL Groundschool – True Air Speed Training | 07747 047686


Linda True has run a PPL Groundschool for over 20 years, specialising in one-to-one tuition at very reasonable rates.

She has a team of very experienced instructors (Ex RAF Nav Instructors, Airline pilots and PPLs with I/Rs) who work with her and they each have their own specialities, whether it be the Theoretical Knowledge Exams for the PPL, the IR(R)/IMC Rating, the Radio Licence (FRTOL) or the AGCS (Air/Ground Communications Service) for people who want to operate an airfield radio and train to become a airport Radio Operator. All the Examiners and Assessors are on staff and their ethos is to teach the subjects fully with safety being paramount.

There is excellent local accommodation, if required, and a restaurant called The Apron which is just wonderful – look it up on Tripadvisor! Linda True and her team, with their wealth of experience, look forward to meeting you at Gamston.

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