Big Goose Aviators Aims to Help Locals Learn to Fly

Photo by Hannah Stepenoff.
Photo by Hannah Stepenoff.

A new business in Sheridan hopes to fill the need for flying lessons for interested locals. Hannah Stepenoff has the story.

There is a new business in town that allows locals the opportunity to learn how to fly. Big Goose Aviators,LLC is the brainchild of Marius Hoffman, who is certified flight instructor with a lifelong passion for aviation.

As a member of the Sheridan Pilot’s Association, Hoffman said the idea began to form when he started teaching private flying lessons and as word spread about what he was doing, more and more people started to show an interest in participating. That is when Hoffman knew that he was on to something as there was clearly a need for this type of instruction.

The flight school opened for business at the beginning of this month, he said, and the first set of classes are currently in session. Before anyone in his class can even learn how to fly a plane,he said, they are taught the basics in what is called a ground class. Those classes meet two nights a week, and he teaches classes on both private and instrument pilot licenses. He explained the difference.

Classes are six weeks long and for his first run he currently has nine students enrolled. He said he may not do another set of classes until fall because it may be hard to enroll students in the summer, but the business will still be open. He will still be offering one-one-one lessons, as well.

Another future goal is to offer what is called aircraft management.

As far as developing that service, he said, he is not sure when that will happen. For now, he is focusing on the flight school side of the business.

Big Goose Aviators is located on the right side of the airport's terminal building. The airport is located on West Brundage Lane. Hoffman can be reached at 307-655-8641 for further questions.

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