Petaluma Pilot Training Center is proud to be offering its own ground school run by two of Sonoma County's premiere flight instructors, Barbara O'Grady & Marc Ashton. 

This class is a comprehensive ground school that teaches the material needed to pass the FAA Computer Knowledge Test (previously known as the written test) for a Private Pilot Certificate.

Course materials will be available for purchase on the first day of class. 

*You may purchase your books ahead of time online.  Be aware if purchasing online on your own, course books MUST be the latest revision to come from Jeppesen.  


Call today to reserve your space.

Course Information:

One day a week from 7-9:30pm

Location: Petaluma Community Center, 

             320 N. Mcdowell Blvd, Craft Room 1,

             Petaluma, Ca 94954

Class Cost: $295

Course Materials List:

  • Jeppesen Guided Flight Discovery - Private Pilot - $80

  • Jeppesen FAA Airman Knowledge - Private Pilot Test Guide - $22

  • Jeppesen CSG Student Flight Computer - $15

  • ASA Ultimate Rotating Plotter - $15   


Course Materials Cost = $132 

(After Tax = $142.90) 

Coming back January 2022

Contact Information:

Petaluma Pilot Training Center 707-765-1889

Barbara O'Grady (AGI, CFI): 707-765-1889


Marc Ashton (AGI, CFI): 707-765-1889


From US-101

Head southeast on US-101 S

Take exit 474 for E Washington St toward Central Petaluma

Turn left onto E Washington St

Continue straight to stay on E Washington St

Turn left onto N McDowell Blvd

Turn right


Destination on your right

Petaluma Community Center, 320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA 94954

*Notice: All Sales Are Final


Learn about MedXPress here

FAA MedXPress Program 

Try the medical self assessment on AOPA's website to see if BasicMed is right for you


                AOPA Self Assessement

Then print out the medical exam checklist off the FAA website to take to your doctor with you

                   Medical Checklist


A medical examination is required to get a private pilot certificate. You do not need it before you start your training, however you will need it before you solo. Most people pass the medical examination with no problem. We do however recommend you get your medical sooner than later in order to avoid any delay in you being able to solo! If you have a medical condition and you're not sure if it will keep you from getting a medical or not, feel free to talk to an instructor or a medical examiner.

You can preview the MedXpress form here: Practice Application

Below are a list of designated medical examiners. Please be aware that your normal physician may or may not be certified to issue airman medicals.

 Before you take your medical be sure to go online and fill out the require paperwork: MedXPress 

*You must print and bring paperwork with you to your appointment!


Sonoma County doctors


Napa County doctors


Marin County doctors


San Francisco doctors

Replacement License 

For a lost license, change of address, or new hard copy of your license go to this website: 

FAA website

Young Aviators

You can start flying at any age. However, a solo flight cannot happen until the student is 16 years of age and must be 17 years old to get their license. 

Any student under 18 needs to have a minor consent form signed by their legal guardian.

Minor Consent Form 

Non- U.S. Citizens

If you are not a US citizen, you can still get your pilots license. These links will help guide you through the process of getting TSA approval for flight training. 

Contacting the Oakland FISDO

Non-U.S. citizen student process