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Mid-South school’s aviation program gets a facelift

Seniors at Wooddale High School are already getting used to actually sitting behind the controls of an aircraft and learning how to fly. Seniors at Wooddale High School are already getting used to actually sitting behind the controls of an aircraft and learning how to fly.

(WMC-TV) – Wooddale High School's aviation program is getting a facelift. The students can now sit in a virtual cockpit and fly anywhere in the world. 

For them, the sky is now the limit when it comes to their future.
 
Seniors at Wooddale High School are already getting used to actually sitting behind the controls of an aircraft and learning how to fly.
 
"It's fun, amazing to have the technology here," said Wooddale senior Leon Bell.
 
On Tuesday, FedEx and the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals helped cut the ribbon on Wooddale's new aviation classroom. 
 
The room is modeled after the National Flight Academy in Pensacola, Florida.
 
"You apply the knowledge you get in books. Having them here and having the chance to apply the knowledge makes studying so worth it," said Wooddale senior Ana Rodriguez, who has been in the aviation class all four years of high school.
 
Web based monitors and simulators create interactive work stations where students can not only fly but also learn the ins and outs of air traffic controlling.
 
FedEx officials say this classroom is the launching pad for many of their future pilots and air traffic experts. 
 
"The world is going to be looking for aviators and aviation techs, developers and engineers," added FedEx Executive Vice President of Air Operations Jim Parker.
 
The brand new classroom is designed to mimic an aircraft carrier.
 
Wooddale students say this new learning experience is a long time coming.
 
"I know a couple of underclassmen who want to be pilots so this is going to be so valuable to them," continued Rodriguez.
 
Wooddale was the first Tennessee optional school with a class specifically for aviation students. 

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