Prerequisite(s): Students must be fifteen years old prior to completion of the course.
Aviation Technology provides an introduction to the world of aviation and the aerospace industry. It is designed for students who intend to pursue either pilot training or aviation related career fields. This is one of only four courses in the Commonwealth of Virginia in which students get to fly real airplanes. Course content includes careers in aviation and aerospace, aviation history, principles of flight, aircraft systems and performance, meteorology for pilots, interpreting weather data, basic navigation, electronic navigation, aviation physiology, flight planning and decision making. Students receive flight training in full motion and stationary flight simulators and participate in two actual aircraft flights at a local airport. The curriculum is enriched with field trips to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Reagan National Airport and Lockheed Martin’s Flight Demonstration Center.
- Certification: Students will take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aeronautical knowledge written examination for a private pilot license