Aviation education and flight training benefits young people by theoretical and practical teaching of math, science, aerodynamics, meteorology, navigation, communication, and basic to advanced airmanship (stick and rudder skills). Perhaps more important though is the effect of flight training on character development. Flight training emphasizes personal responsibility, judgment, self-appraisal, analytical thinking, resource management, decision making, self-discipline, persistence, and the importance of teamwork. As we have told many youth scholarship applicants, "We are all here to help you achieve your goals, but this is not a computer game, it is not easy, and there is no re-set button. When you enter the aircraft cockpit you are in the 'no excuses' zone. Your experiences will be 100% real, and no matter what the future brings, your accomplishments will be yours forever."
PGC demonstrates its commitment to young pilot development in 3 principal ways: