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Plymouth High School Soars to New Heights Offering Aviation Program

NewsPlymouth High School in partnership with the City of Plymouth and a new flight school, AlphaFlight, is excited to announce the launch of a new Aviation program for the 2019-2020 school year. The Career Technical Education (CTE) program will be offered to juniors and seniors who are part of the North Central Area Vocational Cooperative (NCAVC), which include Plymouth, Triton, Union-North United, John Glenn, Knox, Triton, Rochester, Culver, Oregon-Davis, North Judson-San Pierre, and Argos. Students from other schools are welcome to enroll if space is available. The year-long Aviation Flight program will follow the Plymouth Community School Corporation calendar and will be taught at the Plymouth Municipal Airport, located at 301 Airport Road in Plymouth.

The Aviation Flight Program will be comprised of two IDOE courses – Aviation Flight and Aviation Operations.  Students will be able to earn up to 6 high school credits with the potential to also earn college dual credits in the future. There are no required prerequisites that students have to take before enrolling in the program.

Throughout the year program, each student will have the opportunity to have five hours of direct flight time with a Certified Flight Instruction (CFI) and 5 hours of loggable simulator time. Additional hours of flight non-loggable hours as passenger/observer will be part of the program.

The program will be taught by AlphaFlight FAA CFI instructors.

The program’s core curriculum will come from Jeppesen, a company which provides innovative aviation educational products, services, and software. The Aviation Flight program is designed for students who are interested in becoming a commercial, private or recreational pilot, or interested in pursuing aviation management or flight operations. The Aviation Flight program will familiarize students with aviation technology and will provide a historical overview of the field, and a summary of careers and employment opportunities in the field of aviation. The course will prepare new student pilots for the maneuvers that are required to be successfully performed when applying for a private pilot certificate. In addition to these maneuvers, the concepts of basic aerodynamics, aircraft systems, instrument operation, weight and balance, flight physiology and a basic working knowledge of aircraft power plants and their construction will be covered.

The community is invited to an Aviation Flight Program open house at the Plymouth Municipal Airport on Monday, November 19 from 5-8 p.m. Attendees will be able to meet the AlphaFlight instructors, tour the airport, and learn more about the program.