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Black Hills State University will offer a non-credit Private Pilot Ground School course, taught by a Certified Flight Instructor (CFII) with Advanced Ground Instructor (AGI) rating. The 10-week course will be held on the BHSU campus Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., beginning May 12.

Students will learn about aircraft instruments, engines and systems, airports, air traffic control and airspace, aerodynamics, aviation weather, navigation, modern avionics, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight rules, aircraft performance and weight and balance, aeronautical decision making, cross country flight planning, aeromedical factors, and more.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will qualify to sit for the FAA Private Pilot written examination, the first step in attaining a license to fly. Actual flight lessons are not included in this course, but can be arranged individually through Wheels-Up Aviation.

The cost of the Private Pilot Ground School is $325, which includes tuition and books. Seats are limited so persons interested in registering for the course are encouraged to register early.

Registration for the course can be made online at https://edoutreach.bhsu.edu/registration/ or by contacting Hasina Ahmad, distance education coordinator at BHSU, at (605) 642-6427 or by emailing Hasina.Ahmad@BHSU.edu.

For additional information about the course or to sign up for flight lessons, contact Robert McNew, Wheels-Up Aviation at (605) 569-0550.