Sky High

Senior Louise Lopez and junior Chance Mehringer talk to Jason Fowler after his aviation speech November 30th.

Senior Louise Lopez and junior Chance Mehringer talk to Jason Fowler after his aviation speech November 30th.

Ever wanted to fly in an airplane? Better yet, have you ever wanted to fly an airplane all on your own? Wednesday, November 30th, Jason Fowler, pilot teacher, came to talk to students about an education and career path in aviation. Fowler went to college and now has a degree in aviation management and also runs his own flight school, X-Cell Aviation.

“It’s easier to learn how to fly while you are in high school,” states Fowler at the beginning of his presentation, “You get a head start on a lot.” Aviation education now versus when Fowler got his education contrasts greatly in prices. What used to be about a $35,000 education has now been turned into an $125,000 education; with the exception of X-Cell. “You have all these schools, for example Purdue, that have you pay $100,000 for an aviation education. Our price is only around $32,000.”

A row of seniors sit together during the aviation speech during homeroom, November 30th.

A row of seniors sit together during the aviation speech during homeroom, November 30th.

As time goes on, more and more employers are looking for those that can fly a plane. There is a large decline in people who are capable and trained to fly an airplane. To open windows to those who are young and willing to learn, it would save time. “If you go into a field where you have to fly a plane, you will have a higher possibility of being chosen out of the 10 or 15 people applying if you already have the education to do so,” mentions Fowler.

There was a small but very interested handful of students that attended the aviation speech. “Wouldn’t it just be cool to learn how to fly, though?” said junior Cody Schnell, who attended the aviation talk with friend and fellow junior Skyler Keubler. Chance Mehringer, also junior, listened to the speech for another reason. “Just to fly, in general, is my dream career,” he says, “I’m thinking about doing his program now.”

To learn more about the Jason Fowler and the X-Cell Aviation Flight Training Center, visit the X-Cell website at http://www.x-cellaviation.com/