Private Pilot and Instrument Ground Schools

Beginning November 5, 2019

Aviation Ground School

WACO Historical Society

WACO Air Museum, 1865 South County Road 25A, Troy, Ohio 45373

Private Pilot and Instrument Ground Schools offered at WACO

Whether you are young or old, this is a great time to consider general aviation. With new medical reforms for pilots, and a shortage of future pilots, all ages should consider accomplishing this dream. Perhaps you have always wanted to fly, but you don’t know where to begin. The dream of obtaining your pilot license is possible.  Begin your flight journey at WACO—practically in your own backyard! WACO offers Flight Ground School, so if you just can’t get your head out of the clouds, come and begin your journey with us.

A new session of ground school will begin November 5th and be taught on Tuesday nights at WACO Air Museum from 6:00- 8:30 p.m. for 11 consecutive weeks (with the exception of holidays). Pete Demers, instructor for the ground school, brings a wealth of experience in aviation education that spans the last 15 years.  Pete has over 4000 flight hours as a flight instructor, has managed an FAA approved Part 141 Flight School as chief flight instructor, served as pilot and company flight instructor for a part 135 charter operator in the Piper Navajo/Chieftain, and was selected as the FAA’s Flight Instructor of the Year for the Southern Region in 2013. Pete is Manager of Ground Training at PSA and also serves as a volunteer at the WACO Air Museum.

WACO has also expanded its courses to include an Instrument Ground School.  This session will also begin in November, for 10 consecutive weeks (excluding holidays) beginning on Thursday, November 7th, from 6 – 8 p.m.

Please visit, under the Learning Center tab, for information, class materials, and online registration. Or…call WACO at 937-335-9226. 


Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park 

16 S. Williams St., Dayton, OH 45402

Visitor Center:

For details and seasonal date schedules see

or please call (937) 225-7705 for the current park schedule.

See the Visitor Center page for details on hours and for a map.


From W. Third St., turn south on Williams St and then turn left on Fourth St. Go 1/2 block and turn left into the Visitor Center parking area.

CLICK HERE for a parking map.

Travel Note - Third St. Bridge closure:

The Third Street Bridge will be CLOSED beginning Jan. 1, 2020 until approximately Oct. 2021. Visitors can use the Fifth St. Bridge or the Salem Ave. Bridge as detours from downtown Dayton. A file with more detailed instructions for visitors traveling from the north or south via I-75, or from the east and west via US35 can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE.


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