Jamaica College (JC) students this year will be given the opportunity to soar once more into the aviation programme which was launch last year.
The programme facilitates teaching students how to fly single engine light aircraft. Students of the class are introduced to navigation, map reading, survival techniques, plane safety etc. The curriculum includes both theoretical and practical and is being offered in partnership with the Flying Club of Jamaica.
The Old Hope Road-based institution was successful in meeting all 4 main criteria before being chosen to host the classes.
The four criteria included:
- A school on a major bus route
- 24 hour security & 100% fencing
- A school which could accommodate it with classroom space
- And a principal who was willing to give approval
Speaking with Mr. David Robertson, managing director of the Flying Club, he expressed his satisfaction with the progress thus far, but added that there is still need for improvement.
Mr. Robertson who is also the aviation teacher at JC was indeed happy that Principal Ruel Reid made the vision a reality. He went on to explain that other principals were approached before but did not consider the program.
The aviation classes is being offered to individuals between ages 15 – 21 at a subsidized cost of JA $25,000 per student from JC and JA $35,000 for those not attending JC. The entire project is worth 1.2 million JA for the private program and 4 million JA for the commercial program.
The program, Mr. Robertson expressed is “Revolutionary, first of its kind anywhere in the Caribbean” and is a catalyst for other institutions to now follow.