Columbus celebrates International Learn to Fly Day

By Roslyn Giles  - email | bio

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Learning to fly an airplane is a dream come true from some people. It can become reality by taking a course that lasts from 3 to 5 months depending on how much time the student can devote to learning the craft.

The courses are divided into 3 segments: written, oral and practical which involves hours spent inside the pilot's seat flying the friendly skies.  A 2-hour simulation course is also required. Todd Shellnutt, Flight Instructor, says it costs $5500.00 to enroll in the course.

Local Columbus pilots will be on hand tomorrow at Skyline Columbus Flight School speaking with individuals about the dynamics of flying a plane. The event is from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

  • Let's Go Flying is a national learn-to-fly program sponsored by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. The program works with local flight schools nationwide.
  • The website provides visitors with a vast array of information and resources on learning to fly, including a database of over 3,500 flight schools across the country.
  • An introductory flight is available at most flight schools starting at around $99 and makes a great gift.
  • The time spent flying during the introductory flight counts toward the 40 hours needed to obtain a private pilots license.
  • Viewers can learn to fly locally at Skyline Columbus flight school, which is located at Columbus Metropolitan airport.  Call Todd Shellnutt @ 705-322-6565.


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