Aviation Development

SJVA Aviation History

  • August, 2011: Start of SJVA’s Aviation Club. Middle and high school Aviation Club continues to be offered each week since its inauguration.
  • August, 2013: Aviation Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematic (STEAM) projects implemented into 7th grade mathematics classes
  • June, 2014: Start of SJVA’s Summer Aviation Academy. The Summer Aviation Academy continues to be offered each summer
  • August, 2015: Hired an aviation professional consultant, Tom Evans (Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument, Airline Transport Pilot, Airframe & Powerplant mechanic) to teach, mentor, and advise the program.
  • November, 2016: SJVA started attending AOPA High School Aviation Symposium. Staff has attended the last three of the four symposiums offered. Seattle, Washington (2016), Forth Worth, Texas (2017), Louisville, Kentucky (2018)
  • August, 2017: SJVA staff certified with an aviation designated special subjects teaching credential
  • March, 2017: SJVA received University of California / California State University approval to teach Aviation 1: Ground as a college prep / Career Technical Education elective course
  • August, 2017: SJVA offered its first Career Technical Education (CTE) aviation course – Aviation 1: Private Pilot Ground. A total of 20 Students enrolled for Aviation 1 with 5 being female and 15 male.
  • September, 2017: SJVA received and started using Precision Flight Control’s Advanced Aviation Training Device.
  • April, 2018: SJVA received University of California / California State University approval to teach Introduction to Aviation as a college prep / Career Technical Education elective course
  • August, 2018: SJVA offered Introduction to Aviation. A total of 47 students enrolled with 10 females and 37 males. Offering both Introduction to Aviation and Aviation 1, SJVA now has a Career Technical Education Pathway that students can complete.
  • November, 2018: SJVA purchased six first person view racing drones and starting a racing drone club.
  • February, 2019: Second SJVA staff member received an Aviation Designated Subjects Credential
  • February, 2019: SJVA received University of California / California State University approval to teacher Aviation 2: Flight
  • June, 2019: SJVA received 5 Redbird Jay Velocities to add to its flight simulation lab.
  • July, 2019: SJVA’s first student, Isaiah Alford, took and passed the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Exam.