Karnes City aviation class takes to air

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Karnes City High School students, from left, Kayden Wishert, Warrick Thompson and Wyatt Polasek are standing by ready for takeoff for their flight lesson from instructor Pat Brown at the New Braunfels airport in mid-May.

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NEW BRAUNFELS – Monday and Tuesday, May 19 and 20, Karnes City High School Aviation class students got an opportunity to fly for lessons from the New Braunfels Airport. 

Flight lessons for the day were provided by Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s Gold Seal certified flight instructor, Pat Brown.

Brown has received numerous awards for his flight instruction and was most recently the Southwest’s Flight Instructor of the Year. He conducts flight safety classes nationally and was the co-developer of a Rusty Pilot group to encourage past aviators to continue to maintain their certifications 

Students were provided the opportunity to put their 2018-2019 aviation class knowledge to the test during the two days.

Students were engaged in reviewing complete exterior and interior checklists prior to flying. Each student was provided the opportunity to make and receive calls to both ground and tower controllers prior to takeoff. This lesson consisted of students, under the instruction of Brown in the cockpit, taking off and flying a close standard left pattern around the airport. 

Students were also required to provide the instructor with information on air speed, flap settings, coordinated turns and skills at the time they were occurring and be prepared to talk through a routine descent and approach into the proper runway. 

Students also had the opportunity to tour Texas Aviation Academy, a Part 141 flight school affiliated with Liberty University’s Aviation Program. Texas Aviation Academy will be instrumental in future flight instruction for local students and adults who desire to continue an aviation career. 

Karnes City High School now has four full-year aviation classes, Introduction to Aviation I, Aviation Ground School, Aviation III, Flight and Career Preparation, Principles of Engineering and Design, an airplane build team. Students in this class are building an RV-10 four-seat aircraft from the ground up. 

The KCHS program is coordinated by science and aviation teacher David Purser and Jet Blue Airbus a-380 Capt. Bruce Webber. Webber joined the KCHS Aviation program this year with more than 41 years of aviation experience and 17 years as a commercial pilot. 

For more information about the KCHS program or getting your student enrolled or transferred to KCHS for the next fall classes, contact Purser at dpurser@kcisd.net.