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Fort Myers Technical College offers new Pilot Ground School, semester begins Jan. 26


Fort Myers Technical College is offering a new Private Pilot Ground School program focused on basic aerodynamics, as well as communication procedures. The Pilot Ground School is now accepting students for enrollment, with classes beginning Jan. 26. Training toward becoming a certified pilot is done in two steps. The first step is obtaining the aeronautical knowledge required to become a safe and competent pilot. Upon completion of the Pilot Ground School, students can take the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test, required by the FAA for completion of flight training.

The Pilot Ground School evening course combines industry-standard technology and instructional aids with the expertise and experience of licensed and certified teaching professionals. Its syllabus allows students to see the big picture of what it means to be a pilot. Students will become familiar with aircraft systems, flight instruments, regulations, procedures and airport operations, weather, weather services, aircraft performance, cross-country flight planning and navigation.

“Fort Myers Technical College has recognized a growing need in Southwest Florida for knowledgeable professionals that are capable of meeting the aviation industry needs,” said Bill McCormick, director of Fort Myers Technical College. “The new Pilot Ground School will prepare students for the aviation world by teaching the fundamentals of flight training in preparation for FAA testing and hands-on flight experience.”

The cost for the 84-hour course is $262 and will take place for 14 weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. For more information about programs at Fort Myers Technical College or for enrollment information for the Pilot Ground School and the course supply list, call 239-334-4544 or visit www.FortMyersTech.edu.

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