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Gonna fly now

High school students learn about aviation at Iowa Lakes Community College

May 1, 2019
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer (apeterson@esthervillenews.net) , Estherville News

Iowa Lakes Community College's Aviation Day drew about 90 students to Estherville Airport Thursday for the annual Aviation Exploration Day. The event gives students the opportunity to learn about different types of aviation careers.

Cindy Hood of Estherville was one of the presenters. Hood was an air traffic controller in New York for 27 years. Hood said air traffic control is a great job if you're a rule follower and can handle stress. Air traffic control also is a future use of geometry in daily life for those students who wonder when they will ever use it, Hood said.

Aviation Day is a collaboration among the Intermediary Connections Program, the Northwest Iowa STEM Program, and the time and effort of volunteers and students within the aviation program.

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Iowa Lakes has two Piper Aircraft: the Piper Arrow, which is a single-engine aircraft used in training for commercial aviation, and the Piper Seneca, which the students use to complete their multi-engine rating. The college also has two Cesna aircraft, which are the primary training aircraft for private pilot's licenses and instrument rating instruction, as well as a low-wing Cirrus aircraft .

Students took a tour of the small aircraft at Iowa Lakes. Iowa Lakes was the first college in the nation to secure a Cirrus SR20 airplane for student education. In addition, the college offers a Light Sport Aircraft Pilot Certificate.

Ron Duer, chief flight instructor and co-coordinator of the Iowa Lakes aviation program, said aviation has an excellent employment outlook. Students who take the two-year program may go into the aviation industry or choose to transfer their credits to a four-year college. They may also choose to become a flight instructor, corporate pilot, airport manager, airline pilot or an aviation salesperson.

 
 
 

 

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