The course starts when you register and will be available for your use for one year. It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when to take the course.
We estimate the time to take the entire course and list it in the course description. This of course varies from person to person. At the beginning of each video segment, the title will show you the length of the video. Also, each quiz or test has an estimated time to complete in the instructions.
Yes. You can start and stop the course as many times as you want. If you stop a video in the middle, when you come back to it the video will pick up where you left off. We do recommend that you complete each quiz or test in one sitting.
The courses are designed for individual use. It would be against the Termsof Use to use the content to teach a ground school class. The time and effort that has gone into this project is immense. To insure that we will be able to offer more courses, we need to collect a fee from every student who takes a course.
The short answer is because they are a lot of work to put together!
It is true that compared to ground school courses for power pilots, our courses are more expensive. But you have to consider that the markets for glider and power pilots are very different. For every one new glider pilot, there are 50 new power pilots. So for the same amount of work and preparation, there are substantially fewer potential customers. For online training to become a reality for the soaring community, prices do have to be higher than online power training. If you compare the cost of our courses to other online glider training.... Well, you won't find any.
The real comparison should be between the cost of the course and the cost of time with an instructor. Compared to paying an average rate of $60/hr for a CFI-G, these courses provide a substantial savings -- with the added bonus of not having to drive to the gliderport.
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 7 days and we will give you a full refund.