Montana State University

MSU's flight ground school beings Jan. 9

January 7, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - Flight ground school for pilots runs Jan. 9 through April 23 at Montana State University. The course is appropriate for those who want to learn to fly, as well as certified private pilots who need a refresher course.

The course covers basic aerodynamics, aircraft performance, aircraft power plant systems, airspace categories, flight instruments, meteorology, weight and balance, airborne emergencies, federal aviation regulations (FAR's), navigation and flight physiology.

Upon completion of the course, students will be prepared to take the FAA written exam for the private pilot certificate.

The class is open to all community members and meets Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in 201 Reid Hall on the MSU campus.

The instructor is John Alexander, a career U.S. Air Force pilot. With over 26 years of flying experience and thousands of flight hours, Alexander has served as an aircraft commander, instructor pilot and evaluator. He has numerous ratings in aircraft ranging from single engine propeller to multi engine jets. Alexander has a bachelor's degree from MSU and a master's degree from Texas Christian University.

The course is $451, plus books and supplies. Enrollment is limited, and students must register prior to the first day of class.

To register, visit and search for Flight Ground School or click on Military Aerospace Studies. Or, call MSU Extended University at (406) 994-6683 or email

Contact: Ann Wells, MSU Extended University, (406) 994-6683 or