The US Flight Academy at Denton, Texas, plans to offer high school students an unusual concept for a summer camp: at the end of three weeks, participants will go home with a Sport Pilot license in their pockets if they are 17 or older. If they are younger than 17 they will be invited to come back when they reach legal age, to brush up and take the check ride. Those younger than 16 will need to return for solo flight requirements as well as a check ride.
Each three-week class, starting on June 15, will provide students with ground school needed to pass the written exam and all the hours required to achieve sufficient proficiency to pass a flight test. US Flight Academy believes that most students should be ready for a check ride with 30 hours of flight time. Classes will run daily from 8 to 5, with lunch and snacks included. After 5 and on weekends, students will be able to plan flights designed to make up for any flights missed due to weather, or for missed classes.
Students who are eligible to complete the program will pay $6,250. Those unable to take the check ride or solo because of age will pay $5,250.
“Our plan this first year is to cater to regional students who can commute from home,” said program director Justin Shelley. “We expect to fill the days with enough activity to make the program challenging, fun and rewarding. Class sizes will be restricted to six students, so they will all get plenty of attention, assistance and supervision. Going home with a Sport Pilot license will be a little different than heading home with a clay ashtray. This could be a phenomenal graduation present.”
For information: Justin Shelley at 940.383.2484 or www.ussportplanes.com.