SUMTER COUNTY, S.C. — Street Squad was in Sumter Tuesday where we met Brenda Yates who wanted to know more about what’s happening at the Sumter County Airport.
So, we made the trip and discovered that not only are there private flights at the facility, there are also flight lessons available for people to take.
Chris Snapp was learning how to fly on Tuesday.
“It’s always been a lifelong dream for me to fly and I just one day decided I’m just going to go ahead and do it,” Snapp said.
Robert “Rocky” Wall is an 18-year flight instructor at the airport and Snapp’s teacher.
“We explain all the maneuvers and everything that we’re going to do ahead of time,” Wall said. “Then I take them out and demonstrate the maneuvers first and then the students will do them and practice them several times.”
It’s not easy, but it’s worth it, according to Snapp.
“I’m nervous; I was nervous today,” Snapp said. “Being the fourth flight, to me, it’s to be expected, but I’m getting better at it.”
Snapp has dreams of being a pilot, but you don’t have to go to flight school to take a lesson.
People young and old can experience a flight for a fee of under $200 dollars. The use of the plane is $125/hr and the instructor is $40/hr.
Although there are no commercial flights, the private flights do provide an economic boost to the community, according to airport manager Jeremy Bauer.
“An airport like this provides that opportunity for companies who have their own flight departments, of which there are many, to come in and view this area as a potential economic growth spot,” Bauer said. “We’ve been very fortunate over the years to where this airport has at least been a factor for economic development here.”
To find out more about the airport, including how you can take a flight class, visit the Sumter County Airport’s website.