Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) professional pilot program student Dustin Snodgrass earned his solo wings on Wednesday, October 11. Snodgrass, 28, of Spring Hill, was the first student in PHSC’s new aviation program to achieve this milestone after logging 14 hours of instructed flight time.
“Earning wings to fly solo does not relate to flight hours, but to the ability of the student pilot,” said Mark Aragon, instructor, professional pilot and unmanned systems program director. “In addition to his flight time, Dusty passed a pre-solo written exam and a Stage I exam that included a practical and a written exam. Dusty is extremely dedicated and has the fortitude to realize his dream to be a pilot,” said Aragon.
PHSC began offering associate in science degrees in professional pilot technology and aviation administration in August 2017. Two additional aviation degrees, unmanned vehicle systems operations and aviation maintenance administration, are slated to be available in 2018.
For more information about the new aviation program located at PHSC’s East Campus in Dade City, 36727 Blanton Road, visit phsc.edu/aviation.
Caption: (L-R) PHSC student Dustin Snodgrass and Mark Aragon, PHSC professional pilot and unmanned systems instructor and program director
Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) serves the educational needs and interests of its community by awarding certificates, diplomas, and associate and baccalaureate degrees. As a comprehensive, multi-campus learning-centered institution, PHSC utilizes various instructional modalities and support services. PHSC provides an accessible, diverse teaching and learning environment rich with opportunities for students to achieve academic success and cultural growth in a global society.