Private Pilot Ground School Takes Off at WACO

Beginning July 21st, 2020 at WACO Historical Society,
WACO Air Museum, 1865 South County Road 25A, Troy, Ohio 45373

The previously postponed spring session of ground school has been rescheduled with a beginning date of July 21st.  The 11 sessions will be taught on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 – 8:30 pm at WACO Air Museum.

Whether you are young or old, this is a great time to consider general aviation.  Perhaps you have always wanted to fly, but you do not 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; if you just can’t get your head out of the clouds, come and begin your journey with us.

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 currently Manager of Ground Training at PSA and his teaching style is much appreciated by his students.

Please visit, under the LEARN tab, for information, class materials, and online registration. Or…call WACO at 937-335-9226.  WACO is located at 1865 S. County Rd. 25A in Troy.  Support has been provided by Ohio Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the federal CARES Act of 2020


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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