Flight Instruments

The last couple weeks students have been learning about the six main flight instruments commonly referred to as the “Six Pack” – Airspeed Indicator, Attitude Indicator, Altimeter, Turn Coordinator, Heading Indicator, and Vertical Speed Indicator.  Mr. Evans brought in some of these instruments for the students to examine.

Programming Quadcopters

The last couple of weeks, students have been learning the basics of coding to program quadcopters to fly specific patterns. Students are flying the Parrot Airborne quadcopter and programming the drone with the app called Tynker that uses basic block coding. The goal to develop the students’ understanding and skills in coding leading to real world applications of unmanned aerial vehicles.



Executive Flight Institute – Field Trip

SJVA’s Aviation Club took a field trip to French Valley Airport and toured Executive Flight Institute’s operations. Students experienced and learned about pre-flighting an aircraft, aviation maintenance, ground instruction, flew in an FAA approved flight simulator, talked with Mr. Oshinuga, aerobatic and air racing pilot, and received a gift certificate for 1/2 hour of flight instruction.  The field trip was a great success, thanks EFI and Anthony Oshinuga ! Please visit their websites @ flyefi.com and anthonyoshinuga.com





Aviation 101 Course

Students in aviation club have an opportunity to take this free course offered by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. You can access and register for the course here: Aviation 101

“AVIATION 101 is comprised of nine video lessons, which will introduce you to a variety of topics in aviation.

  • Aircraft Systems
  • Aerodynamics
  • Flight Instruments
  • Airports
  • Airspace
  • Radio Communication & ATC
  • Aeromedical
  • Aviation Weather
  • Performance and Navigation

No matter your age or your goals, whether you are taking your first steps toward an aviation career, or if you are an experienced pilot, AVIATION 101 has something for you!”


Fuselage Construction

Over the last few weeks, students  constructed roughly a 1/2 scale wing. The purpose was to provide hands on learning about the basic structure of a wing. Continuing with that objective, we constructed roughly a 1/2 scale fuselage to go with the wing. The plan is to finish off the airplane with the empennage or tail section of the airplane.