Aviation Soars High

By Markus Weinzinger

Though this year’s aviation class numbered shy of a dozen, the experience measured nothing minimal. For some students, three weeks may be a small time frame for learning great new things, but in aviation it is average. As a regular college course, the class would have taken three to six months to complete. However, the bulk of this seemingly daunting class was learned inside three weeks. At the end of the dragging line of quizzes, tests, humor and more was a free helicopter ride for the students who maintained an “A”.

Aviation class encompassed helicopter aviation, based on teachings and lectures. Guidance Aviation, a flight school based at Prescott Airport, provided the material. Helicopter instructor Scott Depuy taught the class.

Halfway through the first week, students frowned at the fact of their first quiz. On the positive side, the quiz was open note and only a few questions. In terms of student performance in the quizzes and tests, the majority scored high. This is a testament to the modest difficulty of the class.

Aviation covered a lot of material. Though most revolved around the Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters, other aspects of the sky were featured too. Should anyone wish to take this class if it is offered again in the future, they will learn more about weather than ever before. Control surfaces, instrument gauges, flight physiology, and different kinds of drag were exploited. Such terms as venturi, CAMAFOOTS, wet sump, and more will be revealed. Pilots must also solve math equations and check multiple features before even taking off.

Aviation class had the opportunity to go on several field trips. For four days, the students got to travel to the Guidance Aviation Flight School at Prescott Airport and tried out the sophisticated simulators. Each had his or her share of an interesting story. In the third week, students once again traveled to Prescott Airport, but this time it was to experience the Air Traffic Control Tower. The stairways leading up were narrow, but the view at the top was spectacular!

Instructor Depuy said, “I loved teaching aviation! I enjoyed bringing the fun of aviation to the younger generation and teach[ing] them new things.” Depuy has been teaching helicopter aviation for a year and a half. “I find it important that students get to try something new; what are the odds that they have ever flown in a helicopter before?” Depuy also stated that some of the students wished to pursue a field in aviation.

Students from the aviation class shared their own remarks on the class. The helicopter flight became the highlight of their learning. “I learned about how an aircraft works and the ATC, and the helicopter ride was awesome!” said an enthusiastic Ian Otto.

John Sahagun said, “There were some times that were dry, but it was fun.”

“The flight was awesome! The class was actually very enjoyable,” said Rebekah Francis. For any students interested in the aviation class next year, be sure to remember that through hard work, the experience soars high, literally.

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