An Ultralight Pilot
Ground School is scheduled for Frederick Community College's Adult
Education program. The primary goal is to prepare students for an
FAA recognized ultralight pilot written examination. The curriculum
includes references and current updates on the proposed Sport Pilot
and Glider Trike pilot certification programs. NOTAMs, FAA Flight
Service Briefings, Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) and other
security issues are included.
The program is open to all, but may particularly be of interest
to newcomers to ultralight aircraft flight, ultralight pilots who
have not yet passed the written tests for registration, those who
want a head-start preview of the upcoming Sport Pilot written
examinations, airplane pilots in transition to ultralight-type
aircraft, existing pilots who want a comprehensive refresher, or
anyone with a desire to learn more about the requirements to fly
There are no restrictions to undertaking this course: No minimum
age, No FAA ratings or prior aviation classes are required, as well
as no medical requirements.
The 8-week course begins Tuesday, April 13th, 2004, from 6:00pm
until 9:00pm, and will continue each Tuesday evening on the
Frederick Community College campus. This is a non-credit course.
During the last session the ultralight pilot written test will be
administered for those who so request.
Tuition is $185.00.
Books are not included and will need to be purchased by the student
prior to the start of class for approximately $88.00 depending on
your specific area of interest (Airplane, Trike, or Canopy
The primary instructor is ANN's own John
Ballantyne, a well-known pioneer of ultralight aviation
and author of ultralight training programs. DO register early,
Frederick Community College requires a minimum number of sign-ups
Book List (required): Ultralight Pilot’s
Flight Training Manual: $29.95 from US Ultralight Association
(USUA) or Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA); Federal
Ultralight Resource Guide: $14.95 from USUA or separate circulars
may be obtained directly from FAA (AC 103-6; AC 103-7; AC 90-66A);
Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge: $18.95 from pilot
shops, aviation book suppliers or FAA; FAR/AIM 2003: $15.95 from
pilot shops, aviation book suppliers or FAA; Washington Sectional
Aeronautical Chart: $8.00 from pilot shops, aviation book suppliers