Students learning to fly

Experience is key.

"It's made me a lot better at flying an airplane and actually knowing what to do," said high school student Nicholas Burkhart.

It's not everyday that you run into a high school student who know's how to fly a plane.

"This has given me a ground school,so I've learned basically like all of my knowledge from here so it's really easy to apply to the airplane," said Burkhart.

With a little determination and help from the aviation program at his school Burkhart is on his way to obtaining his pilots license.

"We teach basic flying of an aircraft, and then we also teach aircraft control procedures," said instructor Meric Murphy.

It's all hands on.

Thanks to a recent donation from the Dakota Territory Air Museum students in the program have a real life plane to learn from.

"Now that we have the aircraft we're going to be reverse engineering and making ribs and components of an aircraft," said Murphy.

The students are able to simulate what it would be like to work in a air control tower.

"We use a program called XPlane Ten, we can hook up all the computers that we want and have them all on the same network so we can see each other, we can talk to each other, watch what each other's doing," said high school student Corbon Hill.

Students who plan on pursuing a pilot's license and take the program can potentially save up to 5,000 dollars in training.

"You're talking 100-200 dollars an hour for your training you get most- you get a good portion of that here for free," Hill said.

"If you look at the history of great things that have happened in the world it was discovered by people who enjoy doing what they were doing and so we do introduce them to something that education can be enjoyment," said Murphy.

and also experience that will last.


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