STOP DREAMING and START FLYING Published April 15, 2010 By Tech. Sgt. Anthony G. Springer 178th FIghter Wing/Public Affaris SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- Did you know, as a member of the Ohio Air National Guard you and your family members can use the facilities at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Aero Club to obtain your civilian pilot certificate? The Aero Club at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base offers beginners flying lessons, other specialized training and plane rentals to those who have base access. Besides earning a private pilot certificate, there are a number of additional ratings one can gain. Servicemembers may be able to use Veterans Affairs or Montgomery GI Bill benefits to obtain certifications and ratings. VA benefits may be used only for obtaining advanced ratings and may cover up to 60 percent of the cost if eligibility requirements are met. In addition to meeting eligibility requirements you must hold a current private pilot certificate and a second-class medical certificate. Those who already have a private pilot certificate can work towards a certified flight instructor rating or sign up for the WPAC Formation Training which is part of a Federal Aviation Administration-sanctioned, international civilian formation training program called FAST--Formation and Safety Team--International. You don't have to be a pilot to enjoy everything the Aero Club has to offer. The club offers movie nights, open houses and incentive flights. Information on the availability of private pilot, instrument ground schools, acquiring additional ratings, and obtaining a calendar of events can be obtained by contacting the WPAC at (937) 257-7714 or by visiting their Web site at www.wpafbaeroclub.com.