Spend less time studying and more time flying! This is the FAA Private and Recreational Pilot version of GroundSchool, our FAA knowledge (written) test preparation featuring up-to-date questions, free updates, and illustrated explanations written by a professional team of pilot examiners and instructors.

GroundSchool is fully compatible with FAA ACS (Airman Certification Standards) and our editorial team is working to keep it so as ACS continues to evolve.

Don't be fooled by imitators! Competing apps use only the limited set of questions that the FAA publicly releases via its website - that is not enough to adequately prepare you for your test! Our GroundSchool app, on the other hand, features a much more comprehensive database (typically about 2-4 times the size of the demo FAA public one) of actual and current FAA questions that you likely can and will be asked on the actual test! This along with our detailed, professional explanations and easy to use interface are major reasons why pilots have come to trust GroundSchool.

Study actual, up-to-date FAA questions and then ACE your FAA Private Pilot and/or Recreational Pilot knowledge (written) test the easy way with GroundSchool FAA Knowledge Test Preparation software by Dauntless Aviation, the trusted leader in FAA written test preparation.


* Actual FAA Questions Current and Valid for Right Now. As soon as you install the software, use the 'update' feature and the software will connect to our servers, grab the latest questions, images, figures, and explanation content, and you'll be good to go.
* Detailed Explanations written by an experienced editorial team of examiner and instructor pilots.
* All Charts and Figures Included
* Several flexible study modes - fits the way you want to study!
* Compatible with all FAA "ground school" classroom-based courses

This Private and Recreational Pilot version of GroundSchool will prepare you for any or all of the following tests:

* Private Pilot Airplane (PAR)
* Private Pilot Rotorcraft Helicopter (PRH)
* Private Pilot Glider (PGL)
* Private Pilot Balloon - Gas (PBG)
* Private Pilot Balloon - Hot Air (PBH)
* Private Pilot Rotorcraft Gyroplane (PRG)
* Private Pilot Powered Parachute (PPP)
* Private Pilot Weight Shift Control (PWS)
* Private Pilot Lighter-than-Air (Airship) (PLA)
* Recreational Pilot Airplane (RPA)
* Recreational Pilot Helicopter (RPH)
* Recreational Pilot Gyroplane (RPG)
* Private Pilot Airplane / Recreational Pilot - Transition (PAT)
* Private Pilot Helicopter / Recreational Pilot Transition (PHT)
* Private Pilot Gyroplane / Recreational Pilot Transition (PGT)
* Canadian Private Pilot to USA FAA Conversion (PCP)

With Dauntless Aviation's GroundSchool, you don't need to worry:

* Our material is UP TO DATE. No matter what date is listed here in regarding the 'Release date', this date refers to the program itself only. Once you get the program on your device, use the built-in update feature and it will connect to our servers and download the latest and greatest version of the test prep content and our explanations that we have available. To learn more about this, please visit our website.
* Furthermore, you are welcome to update the material as often as you like. This means that even if you don't take your test soon, when do you, GroundSchool will be ready for you. Compare this to books or DVDs (which are going out of date from the moment they are printed).
* We pride ourselves on the quality of our explanations. This is not some idle boast - our explanations are more detailed and more illustrated than that of ANY other FAA knowledge test provider, period.
* Tens of thousands of people have used our products to prepare for their FAA knowledge tests. Ours is a system that works.

Good luck on your test!

What's New

Version 10.3.2

Thank you for making us the most trusted FAA Private Pilot Test prep! Want to become a pilot? This is the app that you need. This significant update looks better and works faster than ever before to help you learn the material and pass that test! Our test prep content is fully FAA ACS (Airman Certification Standards) compatible, and contains up to date and regularly updated questions. As always, this app features the best and most illustrated explanations in the business. Save study sessions and share them between devices using our cloud features and share your study progress with your instructor or school through the cloud. When you get the app, make sure to immediately check for content updates using the 'updates check' main menu option to make sure you have the latest learning content. This app is 100% what you need to pass your FAA knowledge test.

Customer Reviews

Helped me pass the FAA exam


I used this app as my main test studying tool. It’s always up to date. It also has several different testing options so I could customize how I wanted to be tested. You can test just the areas that you need improvement on, simulate the FAA exam, or have several options in between. I also purchased the audio testing add-on and listened to test questions and answers in my car which worked great (although the sound volume sometimes varied with each question). It also has the supporting charts/diagrams for each question just like on the FAA exam. I would recommend this app.

Ground School Private Pilot by Dauntless Software

SA Pro

This app works great on the Ipad. In this newer version (8.2) and I have not run into any bugs as described in eariler reviews. The questions and answer descriptions make studying for the PAR exam simple. Diagrams are accessible when appropriate and you can use the Ipads two finger zoom function on the diagrams. Note thought that if you purchase the Ipad version you will have to make a separate purchase if you also want the PC version (no discount either). In addition after I purchased this for the Ipad I discovered that you can not get a CFI sign-off to take the written test with the Ipad version but you can (for a small fee) with the PC version. I guess this is a limitation of the iPad version and the way it can or cannot make "keys" after each section test like the PC version can.

Having said all that, I am happy to have the Ipad version as it makes a good studying tool for times when I am in the car or away from home or when I want to study in bed at night. Again, I just wish I didn't have to pay full price for the same program just on a different platform and the CFI sign-off was available in the Ipad version.

Nice, but -


I have not taken the written test, but having taken the Sport written prior to the ACS, I have a good idea what the tests used to be like. This app does a great job explaining both the content and the FAA test question "peculiarities." I would give it 5 stars except for one major drawback. The sectional diagrams are of such poor quality that they are about useless. To get something readable, you have to click on the PDF, which goes to the website. I have never successfully gotten a PDF that way; the website is so slow that my browser (Safari) gets errors and reloads. After minutes, I have given up and gotten the sectionals from SkyVector. In either case, the program leaves this app, and when it returns, it starts from the main menu. Thus, if I have not saved my session, I have to go back through all the questions - again. And again. The trick is to save the session before going to the PDF of the diagram. Even then, it is a nuisance to have to wait for the iPad to switch contexts, and to start at the main menu. All this would be solved if the sectional diagrams were given at a better resolution.


Dauntless Software
448.7 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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In-App Purchases
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