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NY instructors offer free ground schoolNY instructors offer free ground school

In an effort to get more people interested in aviation and lower the barriers to entry, two flight instructors from New York are offering a free ground school.

Zachary Barrett and Jay Van Essendelft are running the school, which begins May 14 and will run every Saturday for 12 weeks.

According to Barrett, the course isn’t all about getting students to pass a knowledge test. “The goal of the course will be to spread the word about general aviation, educate new pilots, help individuals towards passing the FAA written exam, as well as help current pilots boost their knowledge levels,” he said. “The course itself is being designed not only as a written test prep but also to show people the joys of coming out to the airport and getting involved in our community.” Barrett also said he’s working on attracting guest speakers, including air traffic controllers and professional pilots.

Classes will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at Hangar 3 on Republic Airport in Farmingdale. To RSVP, contact Barrett at 516/658-2560 or Van Essendelft at 516/777-5030.

Ian J. Twombly

Ian J. Twombly

Ian J. Twombly is senior content producer for AOPA Media.

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