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Lakeland College aviationLakeland College is offering a five-week collegiate course in aviation for high school students this summer, which will include two instructional hours flying in Lakeland's Cirrus SR-20 aircraft.

The class utilizes traditional ground school curriculum that will allow students to qualify for the written Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) exam to obtain a VFR Private Pilot Certificate. Students will learn the basics of flight (aerodynamics, etc.), flight systems, FAA regulations and the air traffic control system.

The course will meet three days a week from 9 a.m.-noon at the Lakeland College Aviation Center at the Sheboygan County Airport. It begins June 15 and ends July 16, and will be taught by Brandon Molina and Steven Vaught, Lakeland's instructors of aviation.

The cost is $500 per student. The actual cost of the class is $1,000, but a Lakeland donor is covering the cost of flight time for students who enroll. Students must be at least 16 years of age to take the course.

Lakeland is the only four-year college in Wisconsin with a professional flight training program, offering private pilot certification through multi-engine commercial pilot certification. Lakeland offers aviation as a minor program, and students can earn full flight certification while completing a four-year degree in another discipline.

Students will take most of the 31 credit hours in the air. Students begin learning visual flight skills in Cirrus SR-20s before advancing to more complex airplanes.

For more information, contact Jason Duff, at 920-565-1000, or come to an information session at Lakeland College's Aviation Center at the Sheboygan Airport on June 3 or 10 from 5-7 p.m.


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