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Scheel Completes Solo Flight

Published on May 11, 2018

 Justin Scheel of Highland, Arkansas completed his first solo flight at the Melbourne Municipal Airport on April 6, 2018. Justin makes the seventeenth Ozarka College student to complete the solo flight. His career goals are to earn an Associate of Science degree in Aviation - Professional Pilot and obtain a commercial license to fly for a major company.

"I have always been intrigued by the concept of flight, so I decided to pursue it to see how much I would enjoy it, " said Scheel. Now that he has practiced flying, Scheel confirms that aviation is one of the most exciting things he has ever done. John Catlett, Chief Flight Instructor and Director of Ozarka College Aviation, said, "Justin is very determined to finish his flight training in record time. "

Prior to taking a solo flight, students are required to receive and log flight training for maneuvers and procedures ranging from proper flight preparation procedures to emergency procedures and equipment malfunctions. Additionally, they have to pass an aeronautical knowledge test. Upon completing solo flights, students begin flying to larger airports with an instructor. Just prior to certification, students will fly solo to the Little Rock Airport or a compatible facility.

For more information about flight training or the aviation program, please visit or call John Catlett, Ozarka College aviation director and chief flight Instructor, at 870.368.7926.

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