Want to learn about flying, take to the skies?

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

Those interested in learning more about flying and then taking to the skies with a local pilot will have a chance to do so during an upcoming program at the Shelby County Airport.

The airport’s introduction to flying class will be held on four Saturdays next month: March 3, March 10, March 17 and March 24 from 9-11 a.m. each day.

The introduction to flying class will be held in the Shelby County Airport terminal at 625 Weather Vane Road near the Alabaster-Calera line, and will include the following topics:

-Parts of an airplane

-What makes an airplane fly

-Aircraft instruments

-Aviation communications

-Aviation weather

-Navigation

-Runway headings and markings

-GPS and transponder

-Pilots’ license requirements

The cost of the four-week program is $40, and includes many handouts, according to event organizers. At the end of the course, every student will be taken for a flight with a local pilot to get a real-world look at what they learned during the course.

Those interested in taking part in the program should contact Johnny Ward at johnnyward1@yahoo.com or call 914-5984.