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AVIATION: The Flying Environment and Flight Planning

Students will receive a foundation in both manned and unmanned aviation, and students will be prepared to take either of two Federal Aviation Administration tests: the Private Pilot Knowledge Test or the Part 107 Remote Pilot Knowledge Test (drone operation license) at the end of the course. Topics include: pre-flight procedures, airspace, radio communications, aviation phraseology, regulations, airport operations, aviation safety, weather, cockpit management, and emergency procedures.  The course will cover small unmanned aircraft performance, ethics, human factors, aeronautical decision-making and judgment, safety protocols, weight and balance, maintenance, aviation weather sources and effects of weather (micro-meteorology) on small unmanned aircraft performance, small unmanned aircraft loading and performance, emergency procedures, crew resource management, and preflight inspection procedures.


Duration: Year Long, Alternate Days

Open to Students: Grade 10-12

Total PHS Credits Earned: 1

  • 1/2 PHS credit (science elective): Aviation: The Flying Environment

  • 1/2 PHS credit (science elective): Pilot Pathway: Flight Planning (OR)

  • 1/2 PHS credit (science elective): Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Pathway: UAS Operations

Potential Post-Secondary Credits/Certifications Earned:

  • Pilot Pathway:  After completing this course, students will have received sufficient training to earn their probationary license 

  • UAS Pathway: After completing this course, students will be ready to take their commercial drone operation exam to become certified

Community Partners:  Professional Mentors, Community Fieldwork, Guest Instructors

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