Private Pilot Ground School to be Offered at SCF Lakewood Ranch

(Bradenton, Fla., June 2, 2016) — State College of Florida, Sarasota-Manatee (SCF), is partnering with the Sarasota Aero Club to offer a Private Pilot Ground School at SCF Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Parkway E.

Classes will be offered 5:30-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, July 11-27, in the Center for Innovation and Technology. The fee is $299, plus $65 for course materials.

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 certifying they are prepared to take the knowledge portion of the test for the private pilot certificate.

SCF Venice offered an inaugural ground school in May. It was so popular the college received requests for a class at SCF Lakewood Ranch.

Register online at For more information, contact Lee Kotwicki at 941-363-7218 or


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