AC Will Soon Offer Private Pilot and Drone Courses


If you are interested in becoming a pilot or want to be certified to fly a drone, Amarillo College will soon be offering courses.

Amarillo College and Route 66 Aviation Flight School have teamed up to offer a private pilot ground school training. 

“It presents those interested in completing their private pilot certificate an opportunity to do all of their classroom work, in other words, there are a number of hours you have to complete studying to do the knowledge test that you have to take before you complete your flight time,” said Terry Smith, the Program Coordinator of the Aviation Maintenance Technician School for Amarillo College.

Smith says the courses will allow students to get certified as private pilots and possibly move on to commercial pilots, which will help with a shortage in the industry.

“There is a growing gap between those that are leaving the industry and those that are coming into the industry, so there is a shortage of pilots, there is a shortage of mechanics and we are trying to fill those gaps,” added Smith.

Along with the pilot training, there will also be a commercial drone certification available for students., which Smith says fills another need.

“There is a need for commercial drones, there are a lot of businesses, such as real estate, I think Xcel Energy uses drones to now fly their power lines, probably the oil and gas companies to fly their gas lines and that kind of thing.”

The classes will begin at the end of May and beginning of June.

Smith says there is still time to register for the courses.

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