Aviation remote learning

Aviation remote learning classroomLLCC Aviation transitioned to remote learning when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a Special Guidance for FAR part 147 AMTS Regarding Training Interruptions Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) memo on Monday, March 23 that opened up the option for distance learning. To figure out how to best serve students through remote learning, program staff explored various technologies LLCC has available to students and staff. After exploring and testing various technologies, the solution included:

  • Microsoft Teams as a virtual classroom so instructors can still interact with students as if they were in regular classroom.
  • Microsoft OneNote as a way to deliver any written or supplemental materials and email.

Figuring out how to deliver the material was just the first step. Then a proposal had to be developed for the FAA to sign off on. The proposal needed to have the delivery methods that would be utilized, how student interaction time would be documented and what courses were going to be affected. The proposal was submitted Monday morning, and approval was received late Monday. In a matter of a day’s time, before the first official day started, LLCC Aviation was able to get students up and running with Teams and OneNote.

Program staff are grateful for the opportunity to continue students’ education remotely. They thank Information Technology, Academic Innovation and eLearning and LLCC for the technology they have made available to our students and staff college-wide.

In the news

David Pietrzak, program director, aviation, was interviewed by the State Journal-Register about the aviation program’s new teaching tool: a Learjet 24B. Aviation students were reassembling the corporate jet, which was donated by Bob Brandis of Brandis Aviation in Taylorville.

Sheridan Lane, interim director, culinary program and operations, is the author of today’s Epicuriosity 101 column in the State Journal-Register, “Traditions or Traditional Now.”

In the community

Patrick Moore, director, concurrent enrollment and Kyla Kruse, assistant director, public relations, will be participating in Leadership Springfield, sponsored by the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. Leadership Springfield is a 14-week series of half-day programs, beginning Sept. 5, during which participants gain leadership skills and in-depth exposure to critical issues affecting the Springfield area. Outside of the regular program sessions, participants will also be challenged to exercise creativity and problem-solving skills by working as teams on projects for the benefit of area not-for-profit organizations.

Dave Pietrzak, program director, aviation, served as one of the four evaluators of the simulated aircraft disaster drill Aug. 26 at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, involving more than 30 local, state, federal and private agencies. Dave was asked to lend his expertise to critique the exercise and participated in a post-drill debriefing as well. LLCC aviation students assisted behind the scenes. Dave took these photos.

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Aviation program’s new sign

Dave Pietrzak, Arnold Tullis, Todd Cole, Rick Stillman and Christina Courier in front of new sign at aviation centerLLCC aviation program staff are happy with their new sign, designed by Greg Walbert, graphic design manager, at the Levi, Ray and Shoup, Inc. Aviation Center, located at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. The previous sign was destroyed in a spring windstorm. Classes in the program started last week, and the next cohort will begin in January. Shown here are: Dave Pietrzak, program director; Arnold Tullis, aviation mechanics training specialist; Todd Cole, contracted instructor; Rick Stillman, contracted instructor; and Christina Courier, program assistant.