JC takes syllabus to new heights - School becomes the first in the English-speaking Caribbean to offer aviation programme

Published: Friday | August 21, 2009

Ruel Reid, principal of Jamaica College (left), greets David Robertson, managing director the Flying Club, while upper-six form students Brian Long and Nicholas Smith, who have recently completed ground training look on at a press conference to launch an aviation programme at Jamaica College yesterday. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

WHEN THE new school year begins in September, one school will putting wings on its curriculum.

Principal of Jamaica College, Ruel Reid, announced the introduction of an aviation programme for the new school year at a press conference at the school's main library yesterday.

"I am excited. The programme will bring real dynamics to the curriculum, as it is showing students that a career in aviation is attainable," said Reid.

"This aviation course seeks to position students to take on new opportunities in emerging industries in Jamaica, as we seek to position ourselves as a nation for new exports," he added.

The aviation classes will be offered to fourth-, fifth- and sixth-form students of Jamaica College.

It is also extended to other schools' sixth-form students during extra sessions. The students are required to have the permission of their parents.

The programme will cost each student $18,000 for the year. The initiative is also financed by past students and stakeholders.

Theoretical modules make up the first phase of the programme with flight training scheduled to begin next year.

A flight stimulator will be installed at Jamaica College in November.

Some of the areas in the modules include aeroplane introduction, meteorology, navigation, air law and airmanship.

For worldwide exam

According to David Robertson, managing director of the Flying Club, the new Jamaica College aviation programme is a full theoretical package on becoming an aeroplane pilot, and actual training flights will take place in the second year of classes.

At the end of the course, successful students will be entered in an external aviation examination accepted worldwide.

While no special subject is needed for enrolment, students must have a good academic standing.

The aviation course is being offered by Jamaica College in partnership with local company, The Flying Club. It will be operated under the Aircraft Training Organisation and is approved by the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority.