SCF, Manatee-Sarasota Partners with Sarasota Aero Club to Offer Private Pilot Ground School

(Bradenton, Fla., Oct. 4, 2016) — State College of Florida, Sarasota-Manatee (SCF), is partnering with the Sarasota Aero Club to offer a Private Pilot Ground School at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail.

The Private Pilot Ground School is the first step in obtaining a private pilot certificate. The ground school offers the aeronautical knowledge a private pilot must have, including aerodynamics, how the systems of a plane work, weather conditions to avoid, FAA regulations, principles of navigation and stall/spin awareness. Incident and accident reporting requirements also will be covered, as well as aeromedical factors.

Students who successfully complete the ground school can receive an endorsement to take the knowledge portion of the test for the private pilot certificate.

SCF Venice offered an inaugural ground school in May, and it was so popular the college received requests for more classes.

Classes will be offered 5:30-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 31-Nov. 16. The fee is $299, plus $65 for course materials. Register online at For more information, contact Lee Kotwicki, director of Workforce Development, at 941-363-7218 or

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