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Aviation & Aeronautics:

Aviation is the practical aspect or art of aeronautics, being the design, development, production, operation and use of aircraft, especially heavier than air aircraft.


Local Professional Profile: $20 – $27/hour (average entry level wage)

 

PAUL WELKE - Owner, Operator, Chief Pilot, and Director of Operations of Island Airways Professional Private Pilot since 1965

PAUL WELKE – Owner, Operator, Chief Pilot, and Director of Operations of Island Airways
Professional Private Pilot since 1965

“The advice I could give to young people nowadays who
wish to enter the career path of aviation would be to go
to a four-year aviation-focused college right out of high
school.
Get well-rounded training. There should be good job
opportunities, as the airlines are looking for new pilots.”

 

  • DAILY TASKS
    – Prepare aircraft for daily flights
    – Pilot several flights between airports
    – Complete administrative work
    – Flight training for pilots who are not certified
    – Maintenance on aircraft’s
    – Operate passenger booking
  • CAREER JOURNEY
    – Began flight training from a hired instructor at a local airport at fifteen years old and received Private Pilot License
    – Began flying as a pilot in 1965
    – Received Commercial Pilot License after graduating college
    – Started Welke Aviation (Island Airways) in 1975
    – Earned his Instrument Rating in 1976
    – Received his Mechanic Rating in 1978
    – Earned his Inspection Authorization Rating in 1981
    – Received his Flight Instructor Rating in 1984
    – Earned his Transport Pilot License in 1986
    – Was presented with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award and the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award
    – Recognizes professionalism, skill and expertise in aviation and 50 years of flight

 

Local Aviation Instructor Profile:

DEAN PAUL - Overseer of Aviation, Science, & Technology (CTE) at Pellston Regional Airport Certied Flight Instructor, Professional Pilot since 1978

DEAN PAUL – Overseer of Aviation, Science, & Technology (CTE) at Pellston Regional Airport
Certified Flight Instructor, Professional Pilot since 1978

“We have seven Redbird Flight Simulators. A student can
come into our program without ever having been in an
airplane before, and we can log them in and configure
the simulator to any airport in the country, as well as
configure it for flight during the day/night, high or low
winds, clouds, and visibility.
They will receive realistic training here without even
leaving the ground and seeing what it is like before
having to fly an actual airplane. This will help them start
building a good foundation for a career in aviation.”

  • THINGS YOU’LL LEARN
    – How to fly an aircraft without actually leaving the ground
    – Gain a broad overview of careers in aviation
    – Learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) concepts related to aviation
    – How to complete general repairs on aircraft carriers
    – What day-to-day life as a pilot is like
  • POST GRADUATION PREPARATION
    – Preparation for enrollment in an accredited program,
      where you will take courses in classes like:
    – Private flight
    – Mechanics for pilots
    – Commercial flight
    – Multi-Engine rating
    – Tailwheel flight
    – Seaplane flight
    – Advanced cross-country flight
    – Upset maneuver training
    – Aviation weather and law

 Aviation & Aeronautic Programs in the Area:

Aviation Flight – (AAS) – Northwestern Michigan College

Along with higher education facilities, our local school system offers the following Career and Technical Education programs:

Aviation, Science, and Technology – (CTE) – Char-Em ISD


AAS- Associate of Applied Science
CTE- Career Technical Education


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