It’s been almost two months since our “Class of 2016” arrived at Purdue, and as of July 11th, seven have already become licensed pilots. Not only has this year’s class been our largest ever, it meant that we needed nine instructors and five planes to keep them in the air every day that weather has allowed them to fly. In fact, they have often flown twice a day with classroom sessions in between.
By the time the last flight touches down, they will have logged over 330 hours of instruction, requiring approximately 1600 hundred gallons of Swift Fuels UL94 avgas, numerous oil changes, and great support by Brian Stirm of Purdue’s maintenance staff.
Our thanks to the following owners of the planes we rented this year for our students: Sean O’Donnell, Hansen Air Group, Purdue University, the estate of Joe D’Aguair and Racine Sport Flyers.