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Flight ground school begins Jan. 31

January 5, 2011

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Aspiring pilots and certified private pilots seeking a refresher course can enroll for a flight ground school to be held at Montana State University on Monday evenings from Jan. 31 through April 25. The course is open to all with either an academic credit or non-credit option.

The course covers basic aerodynamics, aircraft performance, aircraft power plant systems, airspace categories, flight instruments, meteorology, weight and balance, airborne emergencies, federal aviation regulations, navigation and flight physiology. At the completion of the course, students will be prepared to take the Federal Aviation Administration written exam for private pilot certification.

The class will meet from 6-8:15 p.m. Mondays in 201 Reid Hall, adjacent to Renne Library on the MSU campus. The instructor is Ryan Haskins, a professional pilot and flight instructor with several thousand hours of flight time.

The course costs $345, plus books and supplies. A two-credit option is available for an additional cost 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