Interested in flying? Try this class

Published 2:38 pm Monday, April 16, 2018

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

Those interested in learning more about flying and 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 this summer: July 7, July 14, July 21 and July 28 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


-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 local pilot and event organizer Johnny Ward to get a real-world look at what they learned during the course. Ward said he will be providing the free flights on a volunteer basis, and will not use any portion of the program’s registration cost to fund the flights.

Those interested in taking part in the program should contact Ward at or call 914-5984.