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Posted March 26, 2003 

Top Flight Academy
Jeff Hintze, C.P.C.I., Executive Director
Mt. Pleasant, Utah

Top Flight Academy is proud to announce, they will allow an at-risk teenager to fly an airplane! That is, after they have attained predetermined therapeutic and academic goals. They must also comply with the requirements of ground school training, which amounts to three hours per day, before they are even allowed in an airplane. When they have made satisfactory progress in their treatment program, students will participate in flight instruction with the Flight Instructor.

Top Flight Academy has recently been licensed by the State of Utah as a residential treatment facility. They have now begun accepting students who would respond well to positive peer culture, who are struggling with drug experimentation, have authority problems and/or are “academically challenged.” They plan to offer group therapy six days a week, in the positive peer culture group, and a minimum of one hour per week of individual therapy. John Bagley, L.C.S.W. will supervise, as well as offer counseling to some of the students. Jeff Hintze, C.P.C.I., Executive Director, will also work with some students under supervision, and they have contracted with Paul Jenkins, PhD, as their consulting Clinical Psychologist.

In addition to the “confidence-building skill” of flying, the students achieve academic excellence through four hours each day in regular academic pursuits. The program is Northwest Accredited, providing easy transfer of credits to home districts. Also, upon successful completion of flight training, the students will enroll in two internet courses at Utah Valley State College's Aviation Science Department for 8 hours of college credit. The first course provides general knowledge of aviation and aerospace studies, including historical events in aviation and aerospace development, how airplanes and spacecraft fly, research and development of future systems, government and industry roles in the growth of aviation, and potential careers in aviation. The second course stresses airport systems, air traffic control procedures, aviation weather, air navigation, radio communication procedures, and federal aviation regulations. It prepares the student for the FAA Private Pilot written examination. If you have questions about the program, visit the UVSC Aviation Science website or address Professor Ron Smart at 801-863-7810 or 801-863-7826.

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