Contact: John Sollinger
Pilot seeks to bring new aviators into the fold
Wants to help maintain the Freedom to Fly
Marysville, Ohio 1 December 2008 - In a down-turning economy, pricey hobbies are often the first thing to go. Given the current state of the economy, you might think it odd to find someone advocating flying lessons.
“Flying is a privilege and, like anything, if we don't exercise it we'll soon see it erode to the point where it is simply too costly for the common person to do.” says John Sollinger, a central Ohio pilot. In an attempt to stimulate interest in aviation as a hobby, John will begin offering ground school classes at the local airport in January.
“One of the greatest freedoms we have here in America is the ability to fly, relatively unfettered by government. I want to help expand the group of people interested in maintaining that freedom and the best way I can think to do that is to help people get started with the basics of aeronautical knowledge.” says John.
The beginning courses will be held weekly for approximately 10 weeks and will cover everything that a student needs to know to pass their FAA Knowledge Test. But beyond that, John seeks to cover the topics in such a way as to give students a solid foundation of knowledge that will enable them to become superior pilots.
“My goal is to provide all this to students for under $200, which will include all the necessary books and supplies.” says John.
John knows all too well the considerable cost involved with becoming a pilot. He worked for a number of years to obtain all the necessary licenses and ratings to become a professional airline pilot and he now flies for a regional air carrier. But he has always stayed true to his private pilot roots. He spends as much time as he possibly can flying his CJ6, an aerobatics-capable Chinese military trainer. Before going up, more often than not he will grab someone at the airport and take them for a ride. “I enjoy sharing the experience and exposing people to a unique aircraft” he admits.
An important thing to keep in mind is the Sport Pilot license which can be obtained with a driver's license (no medicals required) and, although more restrictive than a traditional private pilot license, has fewer flight hour requirements. “It's a good alternative to get you up in the air slightly faster and cheaper than before”.
More information about John's ground school classes can be found at http://GroundSchoolOhio.com. For further information or to schedule an interview, contact John at John@GroundSchoolOhio.com.
Copyright 2008 by John Sollinger, GroundSchoolOhio.com