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June 10, 2014

Pilot classes begin June 21 on PI

NEWBURYPORT — One of the country’s oldest airports, historic Plum Island Aerodrome, now offers the public a chance to experience the wonder of flight.

This summer, the airport will offer ground school training classes to prepare students to pass the required Federal Aviation Administration written exam for the private pilot certificate.

Beginning on Saturday, June 21, and continuing for 10 weeks, the class will meet each Saturday morning and Wednesday evening. The fee is $175 plus materials. Airports instructors can also provide flying lessons for an added fee.

Landing strips in the Plum Island marshes were used as far back as 1910 when W. Sterling Burgess worked on the development of an aircraft and made his first flights on the marshes, giving birth to aviation in New England.

The present airport was established in the 1930s and has been operating continuously since that time.

For more information, call the airport at 978-463-4222. Participants can also sign up for classes online through Newburyport Parks Adult Recreation and a portion of the registration fee will go toward supporting the parks. Look for the Adult Recreation link on the Parks Department home page at www.cityofnewburyport.com.

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