College & Community Relations

Aviation department hosts Open House this Saturday

Submitted on: 11-07-2006

Aims Community College invites the public to come out to the Greeley-Weld County Airport on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., for an open house celebration for the college’s Aviation department. This is a great opportunity to get a sneak peak into Aims new helicopter program, which is pending final approval from state entities. With that approval, Aims, in cooperation with Fort Collins-based Front Range Helicopters, will be the first college in the state to offer a degree in helicopter pilot training. “We are so excited that we’ll be the first college in the state to have a helicopter degree program,” said Aviation Program Chair Gina West. “This provides Aims with a whole new aspect of training in our program and will help to address a shortage of helicopter pilots nationwide.” Visitors can take to the big blue with one of Aims Flight Instructors in a three-passenger Cesna 172, Cesna182 or Piper Seminole, or take a flight with a helicopter pilot in a Schweizer 300. Participants will have the opportunity to take the controls in-flight if they would like. Airplane rides cost $10 per person for a 20-minute ride, and helicopter rides are $100 for 20 minutes. Test runs on a helicopter simulator will be available for $20 for 20 minutes. Bring the kids, as there will be aviation and aerospace activities designed especially for them, including tours of the facilities and an opportunity to meet the Aims Flight Team and learn more about enrolling in the programs. Also, The Point 99.9 FM will be broadcasting live from 9 a.m. to noon. Prizes will be offered, and hot dogs and hamburgers will be available for purchase. Contact Barb Soleta at or (970) 339-6472 for more information.

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