Questar III, in partnership with Richmor Aviation, offers a two-year flight training program based at the Donald R. Kline Technical School and Columbia County Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved flight program prepares students through both ground and flight knowledge to obtain an FAA issued Private Pilot Certificate. Students are engaged daily within a ground school training program located at Kline while receiving flight training at the Columbia County airport during class hours. Students have access to unlimited flying time with their Richmor assigned flight instructor and are encouraged to fly outside of school hours.

Career opportunities include commercial pilot, drone pilot, air traffic controller, FAA administrator and aircraft engineer. The senior year Work Based Learning program provides students with the opportunity to visit professionals within the workforce while experiencing various aviation based fields. View the program flyer.


Characteristics of a successful student

  • A strong interest in some or all course material
  • Open-minded, eager to learn about new things
  • Excellent attendance
  • Parental support of the career and technical education (CTE) program


Curriculum and materials used

Jeppesen Private Pilot Training Kit including:

  • Course outline (syllabus), textbooks
  • Maps, plotters, flight computers, aircraft manuals


Topics Covered

Ground and flight training topics include

  • Health, Fitness, and Safety
  • Aircraft Design and Flight Systems
  • Avionics and Flight Instruments
  • Aerodynamic Principals and Stability
  • Charts, Planning, Navigation
  • Radar and Air Traffic Control (ATC)
  • Radio and Communication Procedures
  • Weather Interpretation and Forecasting
  • Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR)
  • Flight Instruction, Training, and Practice


Aviation students may be able to receive academic credit in the following subject areas

    • Math 11 (1 credit)
    • Science 11 (1 credit)
    • English 12 (1 credit)
    • Career and Financial Management (1/2 credit )

For more information on the availability of this option, please contact your home school counselor.


College credit available through the program

Dutchess County Community College
AVI 101 Introduction to Flight (4 credit hours)
AVI 111 Introduction to Flight Lab (1 credit hour)
Schenectady County Community College
AER 101 Intro to Flight Lab OR AER 101 Flight for Controllers (1 credit hour)
AER 103 Introduction to Flight (4 credit hours)
AER 140 Elements of Instrument Flight (4 credit hours)
AER 140 Elements of Instrument Flight Lab (1 credit hour)
(These credits are only available if the student attends this college.)


Related career opportunities

  • Airline Pilot
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Charter Pilot
  • Corporate Pilot
  • Drone Pilot
  • Federal Aviation Administration Employee
  • Military Aviation


Technical Assessment

FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Exam/FAA Private Pilot Flight Test

Pass all three parts of the technical assessment: written, performance and portfolio


Consultant Committee

  • Albany County International Airport
  • Colgan Air
  • Condair Flyers
  • Delta Airlines
  • FAA
  • FAA Safety Team
  • Hildt Aviation
  • Mohawk Valley Community College
  • New York State Assembly
  • Plattsburgh Aeronautical Institute
  • Rensselaer Mayor (former Pan Am/Air Force pilot)
  • Richmor Aviation
  • Schenectady County Airport
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