The following write up was completed in early 2017, and is intended to provide an overview of the time spent in the basics course. Day 0 This is the day before your first day at the Academy, and the first official day you can receive Per Diem. Use it to get moved it, and get whatever supplies you need (groceries, toiletries, clothes, etc). Get everything sorted out today, and figure out where you are going tomorrow. Day 1 You will begin by meeting at the Visitor Center (outside the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (MMAC). Here, you will take the photograph for your (hopefully) future ID card. Someone from Student Services will meet you here, and go over some information regarding your stay, and then send you off to your classroom. Make sure to bring proof of ID – 2 forms (driver’s license & birth certificate or social security card work [I believe passports also work (and you would only need 1 item then)]. You will get a temporary ID and parking pass. Head to class, and start your INDOC. Fill out some forms and then you will be meeting with numerous people. HR will meet with you and discuss benefits. A rep from the travel office will meet and with you and tell you how to collect your travel vouchers and per diem. An instructor will go over your basic course information and info about the campus – including CAMI, medical, food options, etc. Someone will also to you about professional courtesy and respect. You will also get a talk from the placement division – talking about how placement works after graduation. Currently it is 2 options for each person that passes. With 33% being mandatory (they must be chosen, if not chosen, the last people to place will have to take them). Day 2 Start off at CAMI and take the RVAT test. This is a newer test that uses a microphone to direct aircraft in a radar environment. They are trying to see if this test will better identify air traffic controllers. It will take about 4 hours. You then go to lunch, and then return to the classroom. You will take a pre-test – essentially just trying to get a baseline of your current ATC knowledge. Then you will complete Lesson Plan (LP) 1 – Introduction (30 minutes). Day 3 You finally start an actual day of class. Do LP 2 – ATC & National Airspace System (NAS) (7 hours). This is a full day lesson. You will get 40 minutes for lunch, as well as numerous 10 minute breaks during training. Day 4 LP 3 – Crew Resource Management (CRM) (2.5 hours) & Human Factors in ATC, followed by LP 4 – Airports (4 hours). You will likely begin LP 5 – Separation (4 hours), but you will need to finish it tomorrow. Day 5 Finish LP 5 & do LP 6 – NOTAMS (2 hours), and part of LP 7 – Fundamentals of Radar (3 hours). Day 6 Finish LP 7, LP 8 – FAA Orders & Manuals (3 hours), LP 9 – Letters of Agreement (LOA) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) (2 hours). This concludes your Block 1. You might review or begin LP 10 – Principles of Flight (5.5 hours). Day 7 Take your Unit 1 Block Test (1 hour). Then finish LP 10, and do LP 11 – Wake Turbulence (2 hours). Day 8 Go over LP 12 – Aircraft Characteristics and Recognition (5 hours), and then start LP 13 – Airspace (3.5 hours). Day 9 Finish LP 13, and do LP 14 – Title 14 CFR (4 hours), and start LP 15 – Title 14 CFR Part 91 (3.5 hours). Day 10 Finish LP 15 – this ends Block 2. Do LP 16 – Basic Navigation (9 hours). Make sure to study up for your block test tomorrow. You should be around the point where you can file your first voucher for travel and per diem. If you need money, then make sure to do it the first possible day, as it takes 3-5 business days to get. If you are paying your housing out of pocket, it will be around $1800. Day 11 Take your Block 2 Test. Finish LP 16, and start LP 17 - Radio & Satellite Navigation (6.5 hours). Day 12 Finish LP 17, and start LP 18 – Pilot’s Environment (4.5 hours). Day 13 Start LP 19 – VFR Charts & Publications (10.5 hours) Day 14 Finish LP 19, and then start LP20 – En-Route IFR charts (11 hours). Day 15 Finish LP20. The head of the basics program came in and reiterate some of the points of day 1 – don’t get in trouble, don’t do anything stupid, watch your language, be professional, etc… Day 16 Start and finish LP21 – SIDS & STARS (4 hours). Start LP 22 – Approaches (6.5 hours) Day 17 Finish LP 22. This completes Block 3. You will also complete LP 23 – Fundamentals of Weather and Aviation Weather Services (4 hours). Prep for your block 3 test tomorrow. Blocks will start going a lot quicker (test every 2 days or so). Day 18 Block 3 test first thing in the morning. Start LP 24 – Hazardous weather (6 hours), then start LP 25 – Current Weather (7 hours). Day 19 Finish LP 25, and then start LP 26 – Forecasts and Advisories (6 hours). Day 20 Finish LP 26 and LP 27 – PIREPS (2 hours). This ends block 4, be ready for your test tomorrow. Day 21 Take the block 4 test (1 hour), then begin block 5. LP 28 – Intro to emergencies (4 hours). Start LP 29 – Search and Rescue (4 hours). Day 22 Finish LP 29 and LP 30 – Basic Communications (6 hours). Day 23 Do LP 31 – Stripmarking (5 hours) and LP 32 – ATC Clearances (2 hours). This concludes block 5. Day 24 Block 5 test (1 hour). You then do an end of course evaluation where you can comment on the course, instructors, housing, parking, shuttles, student services, etc… Most of the end of course questions come from the end of lesson tests, or the end of block tests. I recommend remembering/writing down all the questions you can for the end of block and end of lesson tests. A study guide is available on this site. Day 25 The end of course test will be administered. They give you 2.5 hours, but everyone will probably finish within 1 hour. After the test, AJG will come talk to you again about placement. They will tell you it is all going to change drastically by the time you finish though. You can also request to go to some hard to fill places (Alaska, Hawaii [usually only for locals], San Juan, Saint Thomas, etc.). You will now get your PIV cards at student services. You will sit around waiting for everyone get their cards activated, and then you get to go to lunch. At the end of the day you will do LP33 – Fatigue awareness (2.5 hours). You are now done with basics, and will be crossing the street tomorrow. Link for the pointSixtyFive Study Guide below. Academy - Study Guide - Basics Thanks to @rdyotz for the write up.