Shannon Williams, of Wynne, completed his instrument rating at the Melbourne Municipal Airport on Dec. 22, 2021. He plans to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Aviation – Commercial Pilot upon completion of this program.
“The hard work and hours of studying paid off with an overwhelming sense of relief,” said Shannon of his completion of his Commercial Pilot Certificate. “I have always had a dream of being a pilot, this is just the realization of that dream!”
“Shannon is one of the very best pilots I’ve had the privilege of teaching, both in the classroom and in the airplane!” said Clinton Jackson, Aviation Division Chair and Director. “His work ethic and sense of doing what’s right is second to none. I can honestly say, I have been a captain for more than 22 years and an instructor captain for 20 years and I have never met another pilot like Shannon. He is top shelf!”
Upon completion of Ozarka Colleges’ FAA approved Part 141 flight school, students will have obtained their FAA commercial certificate with a multi engine add on.
Jones completes solo flight
Cameron Jones, of Tuckerman, completed his first solo flight at the Melbourne Municipal Airport on Dec. 8, 2021. He plans to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Aviation – Commercial Pilot upon completion of this program.
“Flying was great, it was hard, but my training really kicked in,” said Cameron of his first solo flight. “I always thought flying would be fun, but my goal is to make a career as a pilot like my dad.”
“Cameron has never had a lack of self-assurance, but I’ve watched him grow into a very nice young man, I’m proud of him very much!” said Clinton Jackson, Aviation Division Chair and Director. “He always shows up each day ready to learn, and any homework completed. I expect he will have a long and prosperous career as a Professional Aviator.”
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 Branson Airport.
For more information about flight training or the aviation program, please visit fly.ozarka.edu or call Clinton Jackson, Aviation Division Chair and Director at Ozarka College, at (870) 368-7926.