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Learn how to fly at Redstone Arsenal

If you have the desire to take to the skies and learn how to fly, the Redstone Arsenal Flying Activity is for you. (Source: WAFF) If you have the desire to take to the skies and learn how to fly, the Redstone Arsenal Flying Activity is for you. (Source: WAFF)
(Source: Chris Colster, Redstone PAO) (Source: Chris Colster, Redstone PAO)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

If you have the desire to take to the skies and learn how to fly, the Redstone Arsenal Flying Activity is for you. The club has been around well before the 1980s, the office complex was built in 1994 and then the hanger in 2000.

“Our primary thing that we do is train people how to fly. We get your private pilot’s license,” said Tim Thompson, the manager of the Flying Activity.

Lewis Spencer, one of the flight instructors, has taught at the club since 2007.

“It’s just a joy in teaching and watching them learn how to do things in the aircraft, how to handle the aircraft, how to control it around the axis of the aircraft,” said Spencer.

We had the chance to fly in a Cessna 172, one of the planes used for lessons at Redstone Arsenal.

“People ask how long it takes, depends on the individual. More often you can fly, the quicker you can get it done, the better you can retain it,” said Thompson.

The typical amount of hours to put in the air is a minimum of 40, but usually take about 55 hours in total.

If you have access to the Arsenal then you can learn how to fly.

“Basically if you have access to the Arsenal, by having a base access card, you can pretty much be a member here,” responded Thompson.

They also own several planes so you do not have to buy one.

“No, MWR owns 12 aircraft,” said Thompson.

“Very safe. Airplanes kept in tip-top condition by our outstanding mechanic,” said Spencer.

During our flight, Lewis walked me through how to keep the plane level, checking the GPS and flight path. There are even the options in the plane to use the pedals on the floor or the controls at your hands to steer the plane. 

“You can transfer all that to the individual and when the individual does it, it just gives you a really good feeling,” said Spencer.

Members have access to the club and its planes 24/7.

“You can take off down to the beach with family,” said Thompson.

“It’s just a great place to fly,” exclaimed Spencer.

If you want to become a member of the club and learn how to fly, click here and here.

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