Flight school announces 2013 training schedule

LOCK HAVEN – AvSport of Lock Haven, the sport pilot flight school on the Piper Memorial Airport, has announced its academic schedule for the 2013 calendar year.

Five different aviation courses will be offered, spread across four quarterly training sessions.

AvSport’s spring intensive session runs five weeks, from April 1 to May 5. During this session, both the “Five Weeks, Rain or Shine” pre-solo and the “Five More Weeks of Heaven” post-solo flight training modules will be offered to aspiring sport pilots.

Because of other activities around Piper Memorial Airport (the most notable being the annual Sentimental Journey to Cub Haven fly-in, June 1922), AvSport’s summer offerings will be limited to an abbreviated one-week session, held July 1519. Course offerings for the summer term include Pilot Downsizer, a transition course for licensed pilots wanting to experience sport flying, and Airspace Ace, which provides licensed sport pilots with the experience and endorsements required to fly into more complex, controlled, and congested airspace.

Offered during fall session, which runs Aug. 5 through Sept. 13, is an add-on rating course for licensed sport pilots wishing to continue on to earning private pilot privileges.

AvSport’s winter intensive training session, Oct. 7 through Nov. 10, is a repeat of the spring term, offering both pre- and post-solo sport pilot training. Class size for all sessions is limited, with pre-registration required.

The Sport Pilot license, in which AvSport specializes, is the newest portal of entry into the world of aviation, allowing prospective pilots to become licensed in half the time, and at half the cost, of the traditional Private Pilot license.

Piper Memorial Airport is the ancestral home to the legendary Piper Cub, arguably the world’s first sport plane.

Modern Light Sport aircraft allow pilots to recapture the bygone fly-for-fun Cub era, with increased reliability and improved safety. Aspiring sport pilots are invited to browse AvSport’s website at AvSport.org, for a wealth of free training material.

Students enrolling in any of AvSport’s courses commit to two, three-hour training sessions per week. Those who have never flown in a light aircraft may wish to sample a half-hour Discovery Flight first. Those considering flight training, but unsure about what path to choose, might prefer a full introductory lesson before committing to a complete course. For more information, email fly@avsport.org, or call Prof. H. Paul Shuch, AvSport’s chief flight instructor, at 570-748-3725. If he’s out flying, please leave a message.