W&M Aviation Club hosts airport tour

By Harvey Langholtz

The William & Mary Aviation Club invited faculty and staff to join them for a tour of the facilities at the Williamsburg Jamestown Airport Nov. 3. The tour opened with a discussion of aircraft performance, engines and maintenance standards by Shaun Stewart, owner of the Williamsburg Flight Center. Club members viewed several airplanes close up and viewed the instruments and controls in the cockpits.

Certified Ground School Instructor Vinton Land discussed local flight operations, weather, cross-country navigation, wing design and operating characteristics of airplanes.

Bill Osborne of the airport discussed airport operations and history, highlighting the history of early aviation at William & Mary in the 1930s. He outlined fixed base operations and the business side of supporting Williamsburg-based and transient aircraft.

The William & Mary Aviation Club organizes a Ground School each semester, open to all students, faculty, and staff. The Ground School covers the theory and physics of aviation, weather, communications, navigation, human factors, and related topics. Completion of the Ground School prepares students to pass their FAA written exam for their Private Pilot License.

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