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Five-Day Summer Course Prepares Students To Become Sports Pilots

Aviation enthusiasts can spread their wings this summer at a Ground School Summer Camp, scheduled for July 11-16 at William M. Tuck Airport.

The camp is designed to prepare students to become sport pilots.  One can become a sport pilot by taking a written test and having a driver’s license, which then allows a pilot to fly light-sport aircraft in the daytime in good weather conditions, according to Paul Steube, a member of the Dan River Eagle Wing Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).

Prospective students ages 15 and older can take a five-day course to prepare them to take their sport pilot written exam, Steube explained.

A light-sport aircraft is essentially a light, simple aircraft that doesn’t go over 138 MPH.

Dan River Eagle Wing EAA Chapter 1442 is sponsoring the camp, and one can register by contacting Steube at 575-7265 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
The area chapter of the EAA displayed two aircraft at the high school yesterday to spur interest in the Ground School Summer Camp, and to remind students of the EAA Fly-In and Drive-In tomorrow at William M. Tuck Airport.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free.

The event will have antique and classic aircraft, cars and motorcycles,and radio controlled aircraft.