F802 Summer 2020 Who Wants to be a Private Pilot?
Wednesdays, 9:40–11:05, July 8–July 15
Instructor: John Quinn
Imagine flying an airplane just for the fun of it! Lots of people do, and some even take up flying as a retirement bucket list item. This course explores the fascinating world of flying small airplanes, including aerodynamics, aircraft design, instruments, navigation, communication, emergencies, noteworthy accidents, and the path to becoming a private pilot. But there's more, even for people who don't aspire to sit in the cockpit. Resources available for free to the general aviation community can be very useful to non-pilots. This course will demonstrate how to access extensive real-time weather observations and predictions, which can explain why your commercial flight is likely to be bumpy or smooth and whether your flight time may be shorter or longer based on winds aloft. You’ll also learn how to listen to real-time air traffic controller conversations with pilots and the meaning of runway signs and symbols, which can add a bit of interest to otherwise mundane flights. So, flying, anyone? No air-sickness bag required.
John Quinn is a retired naval officer and federal civilian executive. He has been a moderator with the OLLI “What’s in the Daily News” class for the past two years. He earned a private pilot certificate in 2019 at the age of 67.