Callands resident Tyler Nuckols took to the skies this summer in the Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s Pathways Flight Academies Program.

While participating in this two-week academy at Averett University, Nuckols undertook both ground school and flight training that culminated in his first solo flight.



The Pathways Flight Academies immerse students in learning to fly while discovering the range of aviation career opportunities available.

“The Pathway Flight Academies was a great opportunity to give me more knowledge and experience in flying” said Nuckols. “On July 31, 2019, Averett University gave me the chance to participate in my first solo flight only two flight hours following the completion of the academy.

Nuckols, a recent graduate of Carlisle School in Axton, was only one of 24 students selected across the commonwealth to attend the academy. Students were chosen based on their academic record and their proven interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), along with a passion for flight and career aspirations to becoming a pilot.

Virginia Space Grant Consortium partnered with Averett and Liberty universities for the program.

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