New flight school launches at GMU

Stratos Aviation Flight School has launched at Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) in South Carolina.

“I have always had a passion for aviation and wanted to fly ever since I was a child,” stated Dimitri Partafyllas, owner of Stratos Aviation.

Opening a flight school in Greenville, South Carolina, is a dream come true for this U.S. Citizen, who was originally born in Greece. Dimitri has worked as a mechanical engineer, in various management positions and within the automotive industry for over 20 years.

“I started learning to fly in 1996,” he recalls, “while I was working in Bavaria, Germany. In 2001, I finished my pilot training in Greenville, after being transferred to the U.S. by the company that employed me. I have flown out of the Greenville Downtown Airport since then and in 2007, I became a flight instructor.”

Dimitri has taught many local Greenville pilots to fly, as well as international employees who are residing in Greenville.

“I really enjoy teaching people to fly and now that my daughters are 19 and 21, I, with my wife’s support, am able to follow my dream,” he said.

Stratos Aviation’s instruction program allows busy professionals to enjoy the freedom to study wherever and whenever they want, with training enhanced by the use of a computer based curriculum. The program also contains an online syllabus so students always know the topics to be covered in their upcoming flight lessons. This allows reviewing of the ground lab prior to the corresponding flight lesson in order to maximize lesson comprehension.

Stratos Aviation offers introductory discovery flights, pilot training and aircraft rental. It is an FAA Part 61 flight school that offers both primary and advanced flight training – for private, instrument and commercial pilots.

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