CALERA, Ala. (WIAT) — Rachel on the Road? Or Rachel in the Air? We took a trip to a non-controlled flight school at the Shelby County Airport, also known as Over The Mountain Aviation, and learned how to fly!
The airport is located in Calera at 265 Weathervane Road and teaches a wide variety of students how to become a pilot and possibly start a career in aviation. People of all ages, even as young as 13 and 14, are able to take one-on-one lessons. At age 16 you can acquire your pilot’s license and at age 17 you can fly the plane solo.
We met a student at both Hewitt Trussville High School and the Flight School that is just about a month away from becoming a licensed pilot, while still a high school student.
“Hopefully in 10 years, I’d like to be a fighter pilot in the US Air Force,” Kenneth Clay said. Kenneth has been a student at the flight school for the last two years.
You are able to make your own schedule with your personal instructor. The license process can then take about three months or two years depending on how often you are able to take lessons.
For more information on becoming a student, call (205)670-6FLY. If you a interested in learning how to fly, but unsure if you want to become a student at the flight school, click here for details on the “Discovery Flight.”
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