belasco 1Three-week course August 27-September 17 complete sport pilot flight training

The new EAA Sport Pilot Academy offers aspiring pilots two ultimate elements for flight training success: focused, dedicated instruction and learning at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the world’s home for sport aviation.

The new three-week academy August 27 through September 17 eliminates one of the top barriers and variables for the more than 60 percent of those who begin flight training and drop out — schedule conflicts that reduce motivation and enthusiasm. The group and individual instruction for all eligible ages are all designed for success in a three-week period, including the pilot checkride to earn a sport pilot certificate.

Along with the dedicated instruction, EAA’s Sport Pilot Academy adds the “Oshkosh experience” that motivates and excites flight students within the unique learning environment. It offers unmatched extras, such as guest speakers, EAA behind-the-scenes tours, flight experiences in EAA aircraft, and much more.

“We’re introducing the EAA Sport Pilot Academy this year as a prototype program for a limited number of students, so we can grow and enhance it in the future,” said Sean Elliott, EAA’s vice president of advocacy and safety. “Students will be immersed in the world of flight like no place else when they come to Oshkosh for this all-inclusive flight training, so they will graduate this course well-trained, enthused, and most important, successful and ready to start flying as a certificated sport pilot. We continue to focus on our mission by growing participation in aviation through the development of unique training experiences that only EAA can provide.”

As the inaugural EAA Sport Pilot Academy is taking only a limited number of applicants, registration must be completed by July 1, 2016. Acceptance includes access to Sporty’s Online Pilot Training Course that allows applicants to complete ground school training prior to beginning the course at Oshkosh.

The Sport Pilot Academy will use new light-sport aircraft maintained to the highest standards by EAA’s professional aviation maintenance technicians — the same team that maintains such legendary aircraft as EAA’s B-17, Ford Tri-Motor, and Pioneer Airport airplanes. Sport Pilot Academy students will also have access to EAA’s aviation education resources while in Oshkosh.

Total cost of the academy is $9,999 – which includes flight training, accommodations, meals, and unique EAA experiences. Complete information and registration materials are available at the “Sport Pilot Academy” area of the EAA website at Students must successfully complete the FAA written test by August 5, 2016, prior to participating in flight training at Oshkosh.

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