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CLC offers Private Pilot Ground School this fall

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College of Lake County

The College of Lake County will be offering the Private Pilot Ground School this fall with a renewed focus on preparing the next generation of pilots. The demand for commercial pilots is expected to take off due to a wave of retirements, and the ground school can be a first step for anyone interested in pursuing a career in aviation.

A free information session on the program will take place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21 in Room T334 at the Grayslake campus, 19351 W. Washington St. Students can sign up for the info session by visiting

The 15 week non-credit course will be held on Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m., Sept. 4 through Dec. 18. It is offered by Continuing Professional Development, part of the college's Workforce and Professional Development Institute.

Instructor Lyle Holbo is a professional pilot with over 10,000 flight hours and an unblemished safety record. He is a certified Airline Transport Pilot (ATP), the FAA's highest pilot rating, and he has worked as a captain for private, regional and national airlines for more than 25 years. Holbo also served in the U.S. Air Force as an aeronautical engineer and air traffic controller. He earned a B.S. in aeronautical engineering and an M.B.A.

Other aviation professionals will serve as guest lecturers to provide students with a well-rounded scope of career possibilities. The primary goal of the course is to prepare students to take the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test, after which they can continue to pursue their private pilot license through a certified flight school. Students will prepare for the exam and their first flight by learning about flight navigation, safety, emergency procedures, meteorology, runway and airspace logistics and FAA regulations. Students will also become acquainted with aircraft components, preventive maintenance, aerodynamics and the physics of aviation that make flight possible.

Cost for the course is $499. For more information, visit