Montana State University

Flight ground school begins at MSU Feb. 1

January 13, 2010

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Flight ground school for pilots runs Feb. 1 through April 19 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. At the completion of the course, students will be prepared to take the Federal Aviation Administration written exam for the private pilot certificate.

The class is open to all community members and meets Monday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in 201 Reid Hall on the MSU campus. The instructor is Ryan Haskins, a professional pilot and flight instructor with several thousand hours of flight time.

The course is $345, plus books and supplies. A two-credit option is also available for enrolled MSU students. Enrollment is limited, and students must register prior to the first day of class.
To register, visit and click on "Aviation." Or, call MSU Extended University at (406) 994-6683 or e-mail

Ryan Haskins at (406) 994-6151, or Lesa Pribyl at 994-7441,