It’s been in the works for months, and now prospective pilots can receive flight instruction right here in the River Parishes.
Let’s Go Fly Academy recently opened up inside a 6500 square foot hangar at the Port of the South Louisiana Executive Regional Airport, located at 355 Airport Road in Reserve.
“The purpose of the school is to instruct people how to fly airplanes,” Owner Mufid Jabour said. “Whether it’s for leisure activities or career aspirations and prerequisites, you can attain the education and proficiency required of a pilot here at Let’s Go Fly Academy. The field of aviation is expanding and awaiting pilots with various career opportunities and fun.”
Jabour said successful completion and certification in all of the courses required to become a career or professional pilot requires 4 to 6 months on average, depending on prior preparation, dedication, skill level and aptitude. He said at Let’s Go Fly Academy, education and training is structured so that the career and professional pilot program can be completed in significantly less time, and at much less cost than similar programs in other schools.
“In our intensive programs, you get the flying hours you need over a shorter period of time,” he said. “You’ll learn more and learn it more quickly.”
Students can begin to learn how to fly as early as 16 years old with the proper waivers and authorization from their parents, but in order to take a FAA private pilot test, students have to be at least 17.
“The academy is a learning opportunity that would benefit the individual in various ways,” Jabour said. “Here, people will be exposed to a community of likeminded people who share the same excitement, motivation and appreciation for aviation. The school serves to educate people in the field of aviation. We welcome people from all walks of life to experience the joy of flying. Our program is structured to ensure that students obtain the knowledge, skills and training of a pilot.”
The academy, which features enrollment throughout the year, also offers other services new to the River Parishes, including banner flying, scenic tours, plane rental, instrument commercial rating, multi-engine rating and annual inspections. Packages start at $150.
“It’s a first for the Port to have all of the services provided by Let’s Go Fly Academy available under one roof at the airport,” Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul Aucoin said. “This gives the River Parishes something that has been missing for quite some time. On behalf of the Port of South Louisiana Executive Regional Airport, I would like to welcome Mr. Mufid Jabour and the Let’s Go Fly Academy to our airport.”
Jabour said he hopes the school delivers the opportunity to introduce people into the world of aviation.
“Everyone should be encouraged to try flying,” he said. “It is a freedom that is best understood above the clouds.”
For more information, visit www.letsgo-fly.com.