The much anticipated Spring break is fast approaching. Yes, it is that time of year already. It is still frosty outside in the mornings but the days are growing longer and warmer. This is a busy time of year at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University flight line. Many students are busy studying and preparing for check rides. I would like to take this opportunity to say congratulations to those students that will be graduating this spring. For those students who will be continuing I would like to provide some guidance for the upcoming summer semesters and give some food for thought.
Most of our freshmen students are just now becoming certified Private Pilots. Earning this certification is a big step on the journey to a career as a professional pilot. Now is the time to consider staying over the summer and completing your instrument rating. If you have already started the instrument ground school you can start flying in the instrument course once you complete your private pilot certificate. Even if you get started early this will still count towards the summer discount. The same is true for any student who is just finishing up any flight course.
It is not too early to start thinking about flying in the summer. Summertime is a great time to get ahead on flight training. This year the Embry-Riddle flight training department is offering some great opportunities. In order to take advantage of the summer discount all you need to do is start any flight course after Mar. 18, 2013 and complete that same course before Aug. 26, 2013. You will then receive a credit of 10% off the planned course cost for that flight course and get FREE tuition for that flight (FA) course. The credit will be applied to your student account as Flight Dollars and can be used towards your next flight course or for renting.
Just ask any student who has stayed over the summer and they will tell you how much flying you can get done over the summer. This is due to lower academic workloads for students, better student to IP ratios, and better aircraft availability. Flying over the summer is a great opportunity and should be seriously considered by every flight student.
Please contact your Flight Training Manager or myself if you have any questions about registering for flight courses and flight blocks. We are here to help you succeed and look forward to assisting you with these decisions. We are located upstairs in the F6 building at the flight line and can be contacted via email, phone, or ETA message. Good luck on your finals and safe flying.