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Take Flight: Aviation Ground School Starts June 4

Are you ready for a new adventure or a new career?

Take your first step toward becoming a pilot, including a drone pilot, with Aviation Ground School, LPA 0491:

You will learn about aerodynamics, weight and balance, aviation weather,  regulations and human factors. We will examine the function of flight controls, airports and airspace. Successful completion of the class will prepare you for the FAA Private Pilot Written Exam. Field trips to DuPage Airport will be available to: tour an active control tower, work with operational aircraft and fly a flight simulator. Finally, most new drone enthusiasts do not realize the liability risk of flying a drone without proper certification. Action is now enforceable by civil and federal authorities. This class will bring you up to date whether your intention is to fly a drone commercially or for recreation. Mondays and Wednesdays, 6/4-7/18, 7:00-9:30 p.m. Full course details are available in our May-August CE Course Schedule. 

Register online or call 847.925.6300.

Read more about the program and personal flight experiences from instructor Robert Werderich:

What is unique about this aviation program?

  • Bob: The aviation courses offered by Harper College are not only the least expensive entry in to aviation, but also the only classes that allow students to interact with certified flight instructors and airline pilots to get the best education possible.

Is the course mainly for individuals who are interested in aviation for a career?

  • Bob: The Private Pilot course is designed for any individual that has an interest in aviation. This course has not only helped pilots but individuals with a fear of flying and corporate executives that travel frequently and want to understand their surroundings further.

How long have you been flying and what inspired you to start flying?

  • Bob: I have been flying since 1989 and teaching people how to fly for more than 25 years. During that time I have had the opportunity to fly numerous corporate jets, fly for two airlines, and start the first aviation vocational school in Illinois. I was inspired to start flying by my father who was an airline pilot for North Central Airlines and retired on Northwest Airlines.

What do you enjoy most about flying?

  • Bob: I enjoy the perspective of the world that aviation affords me. One of my favorite moments in flight is when I leave a dark dreary day and climb above the clouds to a crystal clear, blue sky.

Could you share a favorite memory you have of flying?

  • Bob: Ironically a favorite memory involves such a circumstance. In 1993, I flew to Traverse City, Michigan to see an airshow that the Blue Angels were performing at in order to build flight experience. At the conclusion of the show, I departed in my Cessna and emerged from the clouds at approximately 4,000 feet and leveled my aircraft at 6,000 feet. Soon, ATC advised me traffic pass off of my left, climbing to 23,000 feet. I watched the Blue Angels emerge from the clouds in pairs and pass me and one pilot waved to me.

Successful course completion prepares you to take the private pilot written exam and continue your ground and flight training with IAA.

  • FAA computerized testing is available on-site.
  • Complete a bachelor’s degree and meet your flying goals in as little as two years through an education partnership with Utah Valley State University (uvu.edu).

Register online or call 847.925.6300.

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