Florida Tech’s Aviation Center offers fun-filled visit


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Unknown to many, there’s a travel gem right in the heart of Melbourne.

The Florida Institute of Technology’s new Emil Buehler Center for Aviation Training and Research opened in early 2009 at nearby Orlando Melbourne International Airport.

The Aviation Center has the latest in classroom environment, research and hands-on training for those choosing a career in aviation.

In your visit, you will see the latest state-of-the-art aviation classrooms. Special features of the Center’s classrooms include separate rooms for simulators and training, a student lounge and airfield viewing room, an instructor pilot’s lounge, general aviation pilot’s lounge, conference and briefing rooms, a room for weather/flight planning and offices for general operations.

On the ground just outside the classrooms, you also will see FIT’s fleet of more than 30 new training aircraft that include Pipers, Cessnas, Cirrus, Citabrias and a light sport Remos GX. Don’t miss this free educational tour of Florida Institute of Technology’s outstanding Aviation School.

In addition to your visit, you can take a real flight lesson at the Center. Here you have everything you need to actually learn to fly. Enjoy a 30- to 40-minute introductory airplane flight lesson with an FAA certified flight instructor. This training experience also includes a 30-minute ground flight presentation and much more detailing ground flight support information. For more information, including the cost of the flight training, call Nick Galli of FIT’s Aviation School at 321-674-6504.

Emil Buehler was an aviation pioneer, architect, engineer and successful businessman who left a large sum of money to FIT for Aviation training. Thanks to the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust, students and the public will be able to enjoy this beautiful Aviation Training Center for many years to come.

If you plan to visit, phone ahead and make a reservation through Galli for this educational in-depth tour at 321-674-6504.

To get to the Emil Buehler Aviation Center, take NASA Blvd. west and go to Grumman Place. Make a right on Grumman Place and then a left and a right. You will see the Aviation Center on your right at 801 Harry Goode Way in Melbourne.

For information, go to fitaviation.aero.

Once again, I have introduced you to a family destination that is nearby, educational and doesn’t drain your pocketbook. This is a great place to visit for your immediate family and out-of-town guests.

We now have a collection of more than 150 marvelous trips from Brevard County that you can take your family, friends and guests from the north.

Take advantage of all the many educational destinations that are located just an hour or two from home. Read my column in Senior Life every month for timely day and overnight trips from affordable Brevard County.

On a separate note, I would like readers to know that there is an active New York State Club that meets 12 months a year in greater Melbourne.

The New York State Club membership consists of present and former residents of New York. The club meets on the third Tuesday of every month for lunch at accommodating restaurants in Brevard County.

Club members and guests have an opportunity to meet former residents and snowbirds from all sections of New York State. The club hosts outstanding guest speakers or a panel of presenters who offer stimulating educational programs for members.

The result is a vibrant, growing and meaningful New York State Club that fosters camaraderie and fellowship. For our next meeting, check the Senior Life calendar or call me at 321-446-9358 for detailed information.